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My New Router Table #2: ...A Pile of Potential

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Blog entry by Blake posted 2458 days ago 4695 reads 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: First Go at Sketchup, what a cool program! Part 2 of My New Router Table series Part 3: Finishing Cabinet Assembly and Dust Collection »

This is the exciting start of my new “proper” router table:

Pile of wood… I had the lumber yard cut my plywood to size since it is difficult/impossible to maneuver a full sheet in my shop.

I assembled the carcass with biscuits.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 2458 days ago

You are on your way! It is exciting to see this started. I just looked at your Sketchup posting. I should get out to the shop tonight myself I need to get a few things ready for tomorrow. Biscuits are good for this project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Blake

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#2 posted 2458 days ago

I haven’t done much cabinet stuff like this but I absolutely love the biscuit jointer. This project is almost just an excuse to use it. Before I would have just used screws from the outside.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 2458 days ago

You’re on your way now. Looks like a good start

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 2458 days ago

Shop projects provide very valuable building experience without all the pressure of having to be flawless. They are still fun for me to build as well. They are low pressure projects that I can slam out and they provide much needed storage and organization.

You will hone your skills to become an “American Craftsman”.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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SPalm

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#5 posted 2458 days ago

Looking good, Blake. Seems like it will challenge your clamp collection also.

You didn’t photograph it on black velvet? :)

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Karson

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#6 posted 2457 days ago

Great start Blake. It’s looking good.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 2457 days ago

Blake you are on your way to a really nice router table. You sure don’t let much grass grow under you feet – when you decide on a project you get with it.

Also, thanks for the push on the biscuit joiner. My wife gave me one, a Porter Cable I think, two years ago for Christmas and I have yet to take it out the box. I just put it in a closet and forgot about it, until now. Gotta get it out and try it out.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Dorje

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#8 posted 2457 days ago

Looks like you’re really rolling – and good sketchup work in the last entry, by the way! Can we have the next bigger size pictures in the next installment to see more of the details?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Blake

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#9 posted 2457 days ago

Here are the jumbo photos you ordered…

Yes my clamp collection is wondering which giant this jewelry box is for.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Dorje

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#10 posted 2457 days ago

Or this one! Thanks!

Do you have your casters picked out yet?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Blake

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#11 posted 2457 days ago

No, I hadn’t thought about it. But I figure cheap ones would be fine… am I wrong? Is there something you recommend?

One thing, though, I know I want locking casters in the front and non-locking in the back. I hate it when the ones you can’t reach lock when you want to move it.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Dorje

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#12 posted 2457 days ago

No – don’t have any suggestions for casters – I know they can be spendy though. Always seem price-ier than I would expect. There’s a caster manufacturer in town that I’ve always wanted to check out to learn more about the different kinds, grades, and what have you. Not the first thing on the to do list though.

Hard plastic sucks – kinda like dust collectors.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Don

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#13 posted 2457 days ago

It’s hard to get quality plywood in OZ; nice start, Blake!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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BANick

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#14 posted 2456 days ago

Blake, for casters, take a look at Grizzly. They have polyurethane casters (the ones with the red wheel) that are pretty good for shop stations and they are pretty cheap too, around $4. I have used them on my planer stand and they work well.
Good luck with the router table, I am right behind you. Just started making the top..

-- Nick, Fremont, CA.

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