I already have my router mounted in the extension wing of my tablesaw to save space.

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I already have my router mounted in the extension wing of my tablesaw to save space. But when I wanted to build a downdraft sanding table, I figured out a way to get triple duty out of the extension and opening.

First, I cut a second acrylic insert the exact size of the one for my router. Then, I marked out and drilled a gridwork of 56 " holes spaced 34 " apart in the insert. Next, I built a dust box, as shown above. Finally, I glued the box to the bottom of the acrylic insert.

Now when I need to sand a project, I lift out the router, drop in the sanding insert, connect the dust-collection hose, and sand away. My shop stays cleaner, and I still have room to move around.
—Martin Beijer, Castak, Calif.