_Ogre, that motor! Never seen so much schmutz in a working motor.
, I have not made that conversion, but I think I would given the opportunity,
basically if I had a defunct table saw on hand. I have no special knowledge, but it can be as
simple as attaching a fixed base router to a plate that fits flush with the saw table top.
Most router bases are larger than a typical t/s throat-plate, so you'd have some 'adjusting'
to do, probly scribing a line and filing to it. If you can access a 'jab saw' and use a 24tpi or
32tpi metal blade you can cut relief slots and chip them off, reducing the amount of filing
a lot. Any existing tabs recessed below the table surface in the area of the saw's throat-plate
could be part of your router-plate design.
Some people arevsatisfied with a fixed base router, others solve the issue of fine adjusting bit
height using the adjuster on a plunge base router. Others want a lifting-adjuster mechanism
built into the table -- there's a possibility to be clever with some "all-thread" to make a fine
adjuster. I have seen a variety of designs from simple to complex. I remember seeing a traverse
mechanism repurposed to give a great amount of control. A lot depends on your shop skills,
tools (are you an old hand with a 'mill' or like me, improvising with a file), and the requirements
of the plan you can come up with!
It sounds like you're on the road to repairing the saw, and I hope that works for you -- tablesaws
are great ways to make sawdust