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November 03, 2008

Cast Iron Router Table


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If you're shop space is sacred like it is for most of us, then pay attention to this video review.

Some stationary power tools are essential if you build furniture. And two of those tools in my book are the table saw and router table. However, having the room in the shop for a dedicated router table may not be possible for many.

So something that many do is to combine the two together to save space. The most common solution is to put the router table insert into the side extension table and use the table saw fence as your router fence as well.

This is a great idea and works for many folks, but if you want to take that to the next level then you may consider adding a cast iron router table to your table saw's extension wing.

Check out our review of installing a cast iron router table from Peachtree Woodworking Supply.

The video covers most points but in order to keep it short, I wasn't able to cover everything that I wanted. So what I've done to complement the video to write up a review that goes more in-depth. You can find that article here.

Watch the video then go back and read the article. If you have any questions or comments about the review, please leave them below.

Thanks,

Craig

Comments (7)

Dennis Bell:

I don't understand why this will not work on a left-tilt cabinet saw... Would you enlighten me?

Thanks,

Dennis

Woodworkers Resource:

Dennis

The reason why it won't work is that the tilting mechanism for left tilt cabinet saws are directly under the left side extension wing. Because of this, the router would not have enough clearance to be mounted in this situation. The one exception to this would be the SawStop cabinet saw. It's left tilt mechanism is under the right side extension table.

This isn't true for contractor saws because everything hangs off the back. So either way you decide to mount the cast iron router table, nothing will be in the way.

I hope this helps,

Craig

yaseen:

i like it

Bart Leetch:

Craig

I just thought I'd mention you don't need to use oil when drilling cast iron as it had graphite in the metal. The router table turned out great.

Bart

Woodworkers Resource:

Hey Bart,

Thanks for that bit of information. I did know that the graphite in cast iron made a difference.

Craig

I have used this table, its very stable. A lot of saws are set up a tad differently for installation. Some people their set up was a breeze and other say it was a challenge. For me it was engineering a support to the fence to make the extension from sagging. My saw did not do a great job in this area. I also put some legs underneath for long term stability.

BramAccicax:

Awesome posts

Thanks for posting!

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