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After I purchased your Bench Top Router Table plan booklet #12, I realized that my shop is really too small to have another work table sitting around. So I used some of the ideas in your plan and built a router table that fits into the wing of my table saw. The nice thing about this setup is that it doesn't take up any bench or floor space.

All I did was replace the table extension on the right side of my old 8" Delta table saw with a plywood extension that sits between the two rip fence guide bars.

To make the new extension, i used V2" birch plywood edged with 1W x 1'/»" solid birch. First I cut the plywood so the final

width of the extension (after adding the solid-wood edgings) was the same depth (front to back) as the saw table. Then I attached the birch edging to all four sides of the W plywood.

After the birch edging was attached, I cut a groove in the edge nearest the saw table for the bar of the miter gauge.

To attach this extension, I drilled two Ya" holes in both the front and back rip fence guide rails. Then I drilled corresponding holes in the birch edging of the extension, and installed Va" (inside diameter) threaded inserts.

To attach the plywood table to the rip fence guide bars, I used W x 1" Rh machine screws threaded through the guide bars and into the threaded inserts in the birch edging. To keep the space between the extension and the rip fence guide rails the same distance as on the saw table (so the rip fence could still be used), I inserted a Vie" spacer on each screw between the extension and the guide rails.

The router is set into the table in the same manner as in your plan, with one exception. By using the Va" thick birch plywood, the thickness of the top doesn't need to be reduced where the router is attached, as in your plan.

Ralph Kutchera Wilsonville, Oregon

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