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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 03-28-2008 12:59 AM 533 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all,

Thanks for the welcome and I hope to post here often (now that I’ve figured out how to add to this blog thing).

I’m currently trying to build a router table. I drew it up in Sketchup (I really like that tool as well), it is like building a rough draft on the computer. I’ve used and taught AutoCAD but man can you crank out a drawing quickly with this. I’ve bought a Benchdog plate and drilled my holes according to the Triton template (the PC2s) and that’s working okay so far (precision counts…another lesson I’ve learned :-). I’ve learned a lot about how not to create a hole in the table top. I figured I’d mess it up so I was using OSB to start with and will progress to a smoother more rigid material once I get a better handle on the using the router precisely. Well everyone is hungry here so I’ve got to go serve my wife’s new caribou barley soup while she is at work, type at you all later.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2



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#1 posted 03-28-2008 01:05 AM

Take some pictures and post it as a project when you are done. We would all enjoy seeing it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-28-2008 01:11 AM

It might be an interesting contrast to some of the great work I’m seeing here :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 03-28-2008 01:18 AM

if you need help or ideas, this is the place

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 03-28-2008 01:43 AM

Mark,

Posting a construction as it progresses is a nice way to follow a project. Why not do this with your router table? I agree with Gary that it would be an enjoyable post to share.

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

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#5 posted 03-28-2008 05:15 AM

Sounds like a good idea…but bear with me getting stuff from my finger tips into this computer is sometimes a bit frustrating. I have a sketchup model with a few face gremlins where I sectioned a solid to create the individual components. When I go to seperate them to dimension them (as suggested in the forums section here) I find that the solid isn’t really solid with the faces of where the components touched being absent. Don’t get me wrong I really like sketchup ( I’ve used GDS, AutoCAD and other programs and cannot believe how easy it is to get usable models out so quickly). Is it appropriate to place that model here (and how on earth does one do that?)

In anticipation of being able to post the model I’ll describe my thinking in designing this table. Some assumptions I made was it had to be cheap as a commercially available one is around the $300 mark and would be ready to use in less time then it took me to learn to use sketchup and create the model. I wanted it to be the same height as my table saw so it could double as a run out table (and I find 36 inches a more convinient height then the 32” surfaces I am currently using for workspace (at least I’m not working on the garage floor as Mr. Schwarz at FWW sees newbies doing :-) (I really enjoy his writing on benches as well…someday I’ll use some of his work to create my bench). I decided to use 2×4s for the legs (a. they are cheap, b. they are plentiful around here and c. it seems easier to destroy a 2 dollar 2×4 then a really beautiful piece of wood for what I am really considering as a mock-up of the table I will build when my skill level is better up to the challenge. I’m using OSB for the table with the idea that I can remove it and replace it with something smoother and more rigid as budget and skill allow. In reading about what people use for fences is why I’ve kind of thought a clamped down fence would be a good place to begin, allowing me to explore different fence setups without burning too many dollars. I decided to used the Benchdog router plate because the LV store is about a 4 hour round trip away and I couldn’t wait that long to start making the table. And my wife probably won’t let me enter Lee Valley with a loaded credit card anyway…:-). I have the idea that the table will be more stable if I splay the legs out from vertical. Ideally I would splay them in both axis, but am a little leary of doing a 1/2 lap joint on two plains so the legs are splayed left and right 10 degrees from vertical but vertical back to front. I am using 1/2 lap joints as I figure that is stronger than mere butt joins (glued and screwed so nothing works free). I also think that a half lap (hey that’s an easier way to type that!) joint will look nicer from the front than an ugly butt joint (does that make it a butt ugly joint?). I am currently at the stage where I have a really ugly hole where the router plate is to go (but I learned a whole lot on how to do it better the next time…by the way I really like the softstart feature on the router and the fact that I can crank up the speed to what sounds like a good speed for the particular bit I’m using…its kind of like a giant Dremel tool). I have the legs rough cut to length, as well as the supporting members for the 3/4” OSB (a material that is much more flexible than I remember it being) I will be jointing the infrastructure components to be absolutely flat so they do not impose a curve on the table top while they are keeping it rigid. My thought here is to use half-lap joints here also. I will try to figure out how to load the model here, and I’ll try to take photos as well. Thanks for the advice and encouragement.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 03-28-2008 11:05 AM

I’d like to see a step-by-step of your project, too. And we are glad you have joined us.

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