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I have my shop in the basement. Like most, I’d like some more space, but I do pretty well with what I have. It forces you to be organized when you don’t have a lot of space to work with.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#1 posted 04-13-2007 05:07 AM

It looks very functional. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-13-2007 06:29 AM

checked out the web page briefly, clever mods to the router table and the Frankensander!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 04-29-2007 07:51 PM

Welcome from Louisiana! Nice power lift on the router.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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John Nixon

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#4 posted 04-30-2007 02:30 AM

Thanks oscorner. The motorized router lift has really changed the way I work on the router table.

To see it’s efficiency in action – check out Pool Table video #3:

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#5 posted 04-30-2007 02:35 AM

Nice. Thanks for posting. It reminds me that I really need to get a better dust collection strategy. Does your router table have two positionss?

-- John

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#6 posted 04-30-2007 02:48 AM

Hi Woodspar,

After enclosing the lower portion of my router table, I wondered why I had done that years ago! What a difference that made.

Check out these two pics:

#1 –

#2 –

#1 shows the dust collection “Y” above the table that allows me to control suction to either the fence or the lower enclosure (or a mix of both). It really depends on the operation that is being performed as to which one I’ll activate.

#2 shows the lower enclosure. It’s a simple box with a plexiglass door. The dust mouth in the bottom is from a contractor’s saw dust collection kit that I cut down to fit my box.

The first thing you’ll notice about enclosing the lower is the reduction in router volume. Second is of course the dust control. Once you have the upper and lower covered, you’ll have barely any dust escaping your table. It’s great!


-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#7 posted 05-01-2007 07:44 PM

John -

Great looking shop. Thank goodness coveting a fellow woodworkers shop is not one of the Ten Commandments! I very much enjoy your website and router table innovations. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise.


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#8 posted 04-05-2008 02:05 PM

Hi John,

You have a nice well organized shop and a good looking set of tool to play with. I really enjoyed seeing the pictures of your router table. That is a nice set-up.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 12-08-2008 04:22 PM

Nice well organized shop.

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