My New Router Table #8: A Proud Moment

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Blog entry by Blake posted 12-04-2007 03:07 AM 7821 reads 15 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, No more messin’ around! Its time to cut the hole!

With my template all biscuited and glued up, I shaved off the other half of the biscuits and sanded everything flat. With a little sanding and shaving off the inside I got the router plate to fit perfectly inside. So I decided to use my fabricated router plate template to make a one-piece template. This way I could also test the accuracy of it.

So I sandwiched together the template, one solid piece of plywood which would be the test piece as well as the final template, and a scrap for underneath. Then I made the cut with my template router bit:

Here is the result: A perfect template.

A perfect fit!

I used carpet tape to stick it to the table top:

I then routed the inner “shelf” which the plate will sit on:

And then routed out the inner part, which cut the whole:

Dropped the plate in… perfect fit… A proud moment!

Used my little dial indicator jig to make sure it was flat:

And the rest of these photos are just to show off:

You may have seen this on my projects page (throat insert holder):

Thanks for staying tuned. It has been fun to build and I had a good time documenting and sharing the journey. But I am really glad this project is done. I still have a few small details to add. I want to oil it, it needs some ventilation, and I need to make a router bit holder for the drawers. But for now this is pretty much a wrap. I am looking forward to getting back to some real projects.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 12-04-2007 03:24 AM

Blake -

That is a very nice build . . . very clean and crisp! Congratulations! I bet cutting that first hole was a bit of a nervous moment. Any ideas for the first project on your new table?



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#2 posted 12-04-2007 03:25 AM

Blake, you’re on a tear today! Great work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 12-04-2007 05:00 AM

Very nice design. I had to do a double-take to realize what was different about this table.
Most have the fence parallel to the front, yours is perpendicular and it makes more sense this way.
Very much like a table saw in it’s use, I like it very much.

-- Still learning everything

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#4 posted 12-04-2007 05:04 AM

excellent, Blake.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-04-2007 05:10 AM

Thats one nice router table!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 05:13 AM

Great Job Blake. I’ve used a router table quite a bit, and I wish I knew the answer to my question.

How much table is required (necessary [useful]) around the router bit. In your case front, left and right of the bit. The slider controls the amount toward the back.

I’ve cut some large panels and would it be easy to balance (control) them on a smaller table. I’d like to have something like you built, but mine is mounted on my tablesaw so I have 4’ in front of the cutter and 20” on the left and right.

Great job. Nice construction. Are the door panels just (maybe I shouldn’t say just) maple plywood or do you have solid wood or veneered wood?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 12-04-2007 06:01 AM

This is nice, can I come over and play with your new toy?

-- Ron Central, CA

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John Gray

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#8 posted 12-04-2007 07:26 AM

Nice cabinet! Did you have a reason for mounting the table “sideways”? And could you post a better picture of the inside dust collector chamber. I am building a router cabinet right now and am looking for ideas.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#9 posted 12-04-2007 12:09 PM

Very nice Blake. I bet you had a few drops of sweat on your forehead while you were getting ready to cut that hole. This has been a very interesting blog, thanks for sharing it with us. You have one fine router table now and that fence and plate are top notch. Nice job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 12-04-2007 02:30 PM

That is a sweet router table. I have allot respect for woodworkers that take as much pride in building a shop cabinet as they do a fine piece of furniture for someones living room. It is good looking, and set up large with that sick fence and router lift. Routing that openening is definatley a nail biter, but you pulled it off perfectly. Great job.


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#11 posted 12-04-2007 02:44 PM

Ya I’d be showing it off too. That’s a smokin’ table!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#12 posted 12-04-2007 03:31 PM

Atta Boy!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#13 posted 12-04-2007 04:08 PM

Yea Blake. Good job and thanks for sharing. I am jealous. (I still think you should try that iron on veneer tape on the ply edges on your drawers, but hey…. )

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 12-04-2007 09:37 PM

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

I have a lot of people asking me why it is shaped the way it is. This design is known as an “offset” design and it is based on Incra’s revolutionary router table fence positioner system. In my opinion this is the best, most accurate, most versatile fence system available. (Also the most expensive.) If you are unfamiliar with it check out my blog “What do you Thinkra about Incra” and watch the video demonstrations on the Incra website. It has changed the way I do woodworking.

I think this new router table and Incra fence set-up will be the most significant addition to my shop since the table saw. I plan to rely on it a lot.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 12-04-2007 09:49 PM

Excellent job Blake. I am in the process of retrofitting my router table to work better with my Incra positioner. Great table & great tool!

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