Dang, I have parts 1 and 2 reversed in the blog. Sorry, but this was my first time trying to use the blog.
I’ve been cleaning, reorganizing and rearranging my shop lately. The latest task has been to update my router table. I thought I’d start this blog with what I’ve been using. This was built approximately 9 years ago and has served reasonably well.
I had acquired several metal cabinets from a copy machine company and started with one of those. I mounted it on a mobile tool base. Then a plywood cabinet was built on it. The fence I used most of the time was my JoinTech Clincher fence that also sees double duty on my table saw. It was a pain moving it back and forth all the time.
The top could be lifted at the front for access to the router.
While this was an improvement over my previous table it was inconvenient for bit changes and bit height adjustment. Even with the Porter Cable plunge router I had to open the top to unlock/lock the clamp each time I adjusted the bit.
Dust collection however was excellent. I had a 4” hose at the bottom left side of the box and could also route a 2” hose to either end of the Join Tech fence.
So…it was time for an upgrade. I moved the Join Tech fence to the table saw (permanently I hope) and started looking at ideas for a fence, router lift and table top. There’s plenty to look at here on LumberJocks. :) I’ve also been making a concerted effort to use wood from my scrap pile for my latest projects and decided the next step would be the fence – made out of mdf.
-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.