Router Table #1: Getting this project off to a late start on Lumberjocks

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Blog entry by Jamie posted 04-03-2009 01:15 AM 2459 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 04-03-2009 01:27 AM

Wheres the pictures. No pictures didn’t happen. Sorry.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 01:44 AM

Kreg P.H. Jigs are great. I’ve used a generic bench mounted one and I didn’t like it as much as my portable k3 ($40). I plan on buying one of the bigger kits soon.

Like Karson, would like to see some pics.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 04-03-2009 02:18 AM

Jamie it is nice to see you posting again. I have to agree with Karson. It would be nice to see some pictures of the process. I have one of these on my to-do list as well so following yours is going to be interesting.

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

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#4 posted 04-03-2009 04:32 AM

looking forward to seeing the pictures of your progress. To me, the journey is just as interesting, if not more so, than the finished product.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#5 posted 04-03-2009 04:42 AM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 04-04-2009 12:21 AM

Karson.. I love that saying.. I know, I know, I need to get some pictures. I’ll have them posted tonight. I really have missed you guys and the community of Lumberjocks.

Oldskoolmodder.. I have the kreg jig, or as it is also called the Kreg DIY jig. The entire carcass of the router table was built using Titebond III wood glue and pocket holes. I have to say that I probably could jump up and down on the carcass and it wouldn’t even budge or creak. I was a bit worried that I would crack some of the plywood on the edges, but with a little caution, it all went smoothly.

Every day I look forward to working on it to get ‘er done.

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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