The Basement #9: Incra Router Table - More Progress.....

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 12-25-2010 03:50 AM 9304 reads 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Simple Jig for Cutting Board Finger Grips Part 9 of The Basement series Part 10: Incra Router Table - Template Holder »

Since the last post, I have added the Wonder Fence to the Ultra Jig, this adds a better (above the table) dust collection option. So now I have a 3” hose into the bottom box and a 2-1/2” hose into the fence, both controlled with separate blast gates.

Also added a vent in the dust access door. This is a 2 piece unit that you can remove the outside grate and install a filter or (in my case) some sort of baffle. I need to experiment more to see what kind of airflow I need with the dust collection running.

Actually, the bigger issue is the PC7518 running hot due to the closed box. The added air flow should help.

I should also mention, I like the knee switch mounted in the front right corner of the table, it allows access when working from the front or the side of the table – you never know when that might come into play.

On the right side of the table – I added the “essential tool storage” flip down door rack thing. There was an open space next to the dust box that makes the right sized space for tool storage. Sort of based on Lean Manufacturing techniques, the tools have a specific space to live. I used raw earth magnets (and some router cutouts) to hold the tools in place. Also added some 1/4-20 bolts on the right side of the dust box to hold the Woodpeckers table inserts.

Next up, I boudht some full extension drawer slides at Rockler today and will be adding 3 drawers to the upper open section. The bottom open section is still under development.

Thanks for looking,


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 03:58 AM

I’ll be the first. Holy Smokes. Nice job.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 04:54 AM

That’s pretty darn sweet!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#3 posted 12-25-2010 06:47 AM

A ton of great ideas here. Excellent table!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 11:22 AM

I’ve looked at that aluminum extrusion for building shop tables and fixtures and was curious if you wouldn’t mind sharing how much you spent on the setup as you have it there. I am considering a combination table saw/router table rig using that stuff but from what I have seen ply/cabinet construction is cheaper. Do you have any secrets for getting the extrusion cheap you’d be willing to share? Great looking outfit by the way!


-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 02:30 PM

Thanks for the comments – I appreciate it!
Chris – I aquired the aluminum from work in the form of 2 specialized carts – here are a couple of photos of the salvaged carts:

Suffice to say that I got them really cheap! If you were to buy the stuff new, it would be really expensive. Much more than ply/cabinet option. I have also aquired some of this type of material on Craigslist, but that’s really hit or miss (mostly miss).

Regardless, the material I am using is made by Parker

Another option is 80/20

Beyond that, just keep your eyes open, you never know what you might stumble upon!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 12-25-2010 09:27 PM

Some nice ideas to steal here. Have had the Incra Ultra for awhile but have always wanted the Wonder Fence. May be on my next Christmas list.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#7 posted 12-26-2010 06:08 AM

Yes, a lot of creation here. It looks like a NASA router table . Great blog. SHould I find 80 20, will be PM you.
Take care, and happy Holidays

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 12-26-2010 06:18 AM

Hey Fernando, I noticed that they sell the 80/20 extrusion on, but that’s probably not a great option if you happen to live in Buenos Aires? You have some cool projects going yourself – I checked them out. Happy Holidays to you.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 05:34 PM

Jeff- Did you pick up your rare earth magnets locally? I need a few small ones for a little project tonight, and finally read your blog here and saw you used them.

I’ll have to keep my eyes open at work and on CL for some of that tubing. I’ve kept my eyes open here at work since seeing your shop, and notice similar cabinets using the same tubing – I need to find out who manages the labs and get on their good side when they decide to remodel!

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#10 posted 12-27-2010 08:17 PM

You gotta love when junk turns into a treasure. Nice work and a very nice design.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 12-28-2010 02:19 AM

Ryan – I thinks Menards carrys a limited supply of the magnets – I got these at Hartsville Tool (online), probably this, they do a bundle pretty cheap, the catch is you have buy the holders separately. Pretty handy to have around tho….....


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 12-28-2010 05:35 AM

very nice thanks for sharing.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#13 posted 01-17-2011 05:47 AM

Ok, that is an absolutely awesome router table. Bonus points for applying lean manufacturing concepts in your design! (My day job is basically as an internal lean six sigma consultant for my company.)

-- Ben - resident cheese whiz.

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#14 posted 02-13-2011 05:21 PM

another look at your set up and I would throw a big gulp in the bottom of the cabinet where the router is to up the dust collection for the router,
I think either one of these should fit if you cut a square hole in the bottom and either double stick tape it in or screw it or caulk it in. Just make shure the open part is upwards facing the top of the router, this way when dust falls it gets sucked down into the port and you don’t have to clean out the cabinet.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 02-13-2011 07:25 PM

Hey Ike – very good point….the basic box doesn’t work very good for dust collection, as a matter of fact it will simply fill to the top with dust….

So I installed 2 baffles – the one behind the router is permanent and the one is front is removeable – sits in a grooved board…..this works much better and keeps the router running cool as well.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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