Well, It’s been a long time since I have posted anything on here, and I figured that since I have already started a new project that isn’t complete yet, this would be the perfect time.
For the past couple of years, I have been wanting to build a router table ala Norm. Well, my birthday was last friday (March 27) and my wife was asking me what I wanted. Well, long story short, I started out with a couple sheets of 3/4” oak plywood, and a sheet of MDF. This past weekend, I spent some time in the shop ripping the plywood based on my own drawn out plans on graph paper based on various versions of the table that I researched on the Internet. I’ve spent a lot of time researching everyones tips on building to finishing, materials for the top, bracing, the fence, dust collection, and the list goes on and on.
I got most of the carcas completed, minus the drawers and face frame, and just completed laminating the top (2 – 3/4 sheets of mdf glued together) on both sides. This was my first time ever laminating with formica, so I was a bit worried I would mess it up, but everything turned out great. I used black formica and it looks excellent. I have trimmed up the excess laminate on each side, and am ready to install my oak framing around the table top.
One quick note. For those that do not have any of the Kreg pocket hole jigs, they are AWESOME. I have never really used one before, so when I got one last week for my birthday, I had to try it out. It is the most usefull tool I have ever used. I’ll have to do a review on the jig soon, and some awesome clamps that Harbor freight had on clearance that work great.
So far, I am pleased with the results of the table build, but still have a long way to go. I will get some pictures of the router table up from this point forward on construction starting tomorrow (camera out of batteries).
-- Jamie, Kentucky