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Router Table #3: More progress

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Blog entry by Jamie posted 1942 days ago 2194 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well guys, Once again, an update to the Router table. got quite a bit done today. overall I think it is going to take about 3 – 4 weeks given the time I have in the shop. Enjoy!!!

Rear Dust port installed (not permanently yet, still have to put some poly on the finish). The base plate allows me to attach a different port setup if needed like a 90 deg angle, etc.
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Fence is now partially finished. Installed the braces and dust port with a little glue and 1 1/4” recessed screws.
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Here are some shots of the face frame. The cabinet is stained with Red Oak, and the face frame in Golden Oak. I wanted a bit of contrast. The drawers and door will be done in Red Oak also, and the table top frame in Golden Oak. The face frame is 3/4” wide by 1/2” deep. I used the cross cut side of the oak on the front so that the figuring would show. You can’t really see it in the pictures, but it looks awesome.
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And some pictures of the router door. I used spline miters for the door, and Red Oak stain on it to contrast against the Golden Oak stain on the face frame.
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Here is the top where I am installing the 1” X 2” oak frame around it. I made sure that the cross cuts were shown on top for the figuring. I tried to get some good shots of the figuring in the oak, so hopefully you can see it. I should have wet it down a bit.
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This final shot is just of the cabinet side to show the contrast between the two stains.
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The next few pics show the current state of my shop. When you are caught in the moment and really want to get a project done, this is what happens. I really, really, really need to get her cleaned up.
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For those that remember, a year ago or so I ran into some 1” oak trim that was being thrown away from a resturant. All of the solid oak used in this project is from that.

Hopefully some more progress this week!!!

-- Jamie, Kentucky



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interpim

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#1 posted 1942 days ago

Awesome use of reclaimed lumber… looks like your table is coming along nicely… much better than my thrown together chunks of plywood LOL.

-- San Diego, CA

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1942 days ago

Jamie, this looks really good. I really like the way you are “dressing” this table up. Shop jigs and furniture do not have to simply be functional. They can look good as well.

Nice job.

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

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Jamie

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#3 posted 1942 days ago

Scott, I figured that if I am going to build my dream router table, then I want it to be perfect. My wife is already saying that it is going to be too nice to work on when it’s finished. With me doing this project like I have, it has given me a chance to try things that I never have before, such as laminating, spline miter joints, etc.

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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goggy

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#4 posted 1942 days ago

Nice job thus far! I have to ask; Is that a toilet flange being used as your dust port?

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GaryCN

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#5 posted 1942 days ago

I have built this table, I’m sure you’ll like it.
It can be seen in this image
Workshop photo #2

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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Jamie

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#6 posted 1942 days ago

Goggy, It was actually listed as a floor drain port at lowes, but it may be the same thing. I really couldn’t find anything else that would work the way that I wanted it to. Let’s just account this to ‘creative engineering’ :)

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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Moron

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#7 posted 1942 days ago

If your wife likes it

you win

in the end

thats really all that matters

in Kentucky….(smile)

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Jamie

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#8 posted 1942 days ago

Roman.. True.. so true..

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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John Gray

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#9 posted 1942 days ago

Great job!!! I love the “plumbing” of you dust collector setup.

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

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Karson

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#10 posted 1942 days ago

It’s looking great Jamie.

Contuining with some great looking work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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woodworm

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#11 posted 1942 days ago

Very good progress.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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GaryCN

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#12 posted 1941 days ago

My version in closer photo
dodecagon to circle

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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Jamie

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#13 posted 1941 days ago

GaryCN, Good looking router table! I hope mine looks as good as yours!

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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GaryCN

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#14 posted 1941 days ago

Router plate is from Rockler
I used my Porter Cable 690 Fixed Base. It is a little difficult to adjust, and will not accommodate a very tall bit.
I recently had the router drop out of the base on start up and cut the power cord. The router stayed contained in the table but it was scary. My power switch is on the right side away from the door. I was distracted by a phone call then a UPS delivery and failed to tighten the base to the motor after I had adjusted the depth. I am very likely going to replace the plate with one that I can adjust from above because of that issue, something to think about.The power cord cost me about $25 to replace at my porter cable dealer. The laundry detergent to clean my under ware was insufficient. The standard Porter Cable base uses a wing nut to tighten the motor to the base you spin the motor to adjust the depth of cut from under the table. I don’t think I’d let that happen to me again, as I’m usually over cautious, 55 years old and have not had
anything more than some very minor cuts, But that issue was an eye opener and I’m fortunate. Put a good latch on the door.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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Pete_Jud

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#15 posted 1941 days ago

Gary, I had a router leap out of the router table and spin around the floor with a bent 3/4 inch bit on it a while back, luckly it unpluged itself as the wife and son were in the shop at the time all of us trying to run away from it at the time. Fun times in the shop.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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