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Outfeed table double as router table?

Hello,

I have a good sized table saw outfeed table--31" wide x 46" long. I have limited space in my shop and so was thinking about using it for double duty as a router table. Is there any reason why this wouldnt work?

What would be the best material (3/4" thick preferably since the height already matches my saw) to use as the top? Is ply ok? And finally, does anyone have 1. any good tips/video for how to cut out the insert? I'm a little nervous about doing that since I know it's got to be sized right and 2. good tips on either building a fence or suggestion on which one to buy (if thats possible).

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It will work fine for a router table. I used melamine for mine, people use mdf or plywood also. You just want it dead flat, then put a veneer on it for more durability. you can rough cut the opening with a jig saw, then use a template with a flush trim bit to clean it up. Rockler sells a template for their inserts that worked great for me. And there's a couple types of levelers. I used rocklers kit which screws up from the bottom so I left a shoulder under my template. Kreg has a kit that screws to the bottom so you can cut all the way through the top, no shoulder needed.
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This is what I use for a router table. The table saw itself it obsolete so I used it for a catch table for a planer and a router table.
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It will work fine for a router table. I used melamine for mine, people use mdf or plywood also. You just want it dead flat, then put a veneer on it for more durability. you can rough cut the opening with a jig saw, then use a template with a flush trim bit to clean it up. Rockler sells a template for their inserts that worked great for me. And there's a couple types of levelers. I used rocklers kit which screws up from the bottom so I left a shoulder under my template. Kreg has a kit that screws to the bottom so you can cut all the way through the top, no shoulder needed.
+1. An outfeed table can work well, and so can your right side extension table if you have one. With that you can use your TS fence. If it's the outfeed table (behind the saw), you don't want a fence assembly that has to be disassembled to use the saw.







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I've got it on my Unisaw and it works fine. I used 14" lexan to see through to the router itself. Go thick enough or it will flex.
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I used rocklers kit which screws up from the bottom so I left a shoulder under my template.
I meant under my router insert, not under my template, sorry for any confusion.
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Thanks all for the replies. So I'm going to plan to use the outfeed table. Any advice on the fence? Should I make one myself? Any good plans or links to a good one to purchase?
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One option is to make a benchtop router table. The current issue of Wood magazine has plans for a basic one made out of 1 sheet of 3/4" ply. I actually finished making it yesterday.

Here's a crappy cell phone photo of it on the floor after routing some walnut. I still gotta do the drawers to hold the collet wrenches, bits, and extra collet, but that will happen after I finish my jewelry box that I'm making.



It's sturdy by itself, and there's feet on the bottom of the legs that can be clamped down onto a bench with. You can then store it somewhere out of the way when you're done.
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Thanks all for the replies. So I'm going to plan to use the outfeed table. Any advice on the fence? Should I make one myself? Any good plans or links to a good one to purchase?
The router table I use in post 3, I mostly use to run dado's and just use the saw fence. If I were to use it like most use a router table I would make a fence like what I use on my shaper. It just clamps to the top of the shaper.
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The router table I use in post 3, I mostly use to run dado's and just use the saw fence. If I were to use it like most use a router table I would make a fence like what I use on my shaper. It just clamps to the top of the shaper.
Any more info on the fence such as dimensions photos etc. looks like something I might make

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Well the top on my table saw/router box is 27" across so I would make the fence that long. Then in the first picture which is a view from the back side, there is a place 3" wide on each end where the thickness is only the 3/4" plywood to allow to clamp to the saw table. The second picture is the fence shown upside down. The face of the fence 5 1/2" tall but it was made for a shaper which has larger blades and a lot more shavings. For a router box I would make the top a lot lower so the face of it would extend up above it a couple of inches. That way you could make a finger brush and have a place to clamp it to the face. The shaper that this fence is made for has a mechanical hold down so I didn't need a finger brush for it.
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