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Blog entry by Jimmy0x52 posted 02-29-2012 10:23 PM 1674 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve started designing my router table that I plan to build. The idea is a conglomeration of other router tables I’ve seen.

Overall dimensions are 35” wide, 35” high, 22” deep. Tabletop will be 37 1/2” x 24 1/2”. The 2D figure in the model is roughly 5’ 11” (my height)

Construction will be out of 3/4” birch plywood. Face frames and tabletop edge banding in something solid like maple or walnut. Table top will be 3/4” MDF on the bottom with either 1/2” or 3/4” melamine covered plywood for the top. Total tabletop width between 1 1/4- 1 1/2”.

Tabletop will have your basic rockler router plate with my hitachi fixed router. Some day I’ll upgrade to a triton with fine adjustment screw. Rails are incra miter or t-track.

Joinery will be mostly dados. Should I use screws in the dados as well? I’m not sure. I’ll use kreg screws for the parts on the top of the cabinet right below the tabletop (whose name escapes me right at this moment) since the holes will be hidden by the tabletop.

Switch will be a safety stop switch from Rockler hard-wired into that 2-outlet plug. The other end will connect to an extension cord that goes down the back of the right side and out the hole at the bottom.

Dust collection will be via a port behind the diagonal piece of wood in the main router compartment (I just realized I haven’t added that port yet).

As far as drawers – the two holes on the right and the large one on the bottom will definitely be drawers. At least two of the drawer openings on the left will be bit storage with flat boards with 1/4” and 1/2” holes drilled in them. The other two will be drawers or more bit storage.

Let me know your thoughts and opinions. I’ll be glad to release the SketchUp model when I’m all done with it.

-- Jimmy, Austin, TX - Software developer by day, woodworker by night



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WhoMe

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 10:59 PM

Jimmy, Looks nice so far. Your router and plate are what I am looking at for my router extension I will be building onto my table saw rig I am planning. Ont thing I noticed, are you going to make this table mobile or just to set on the floor. from the sketches it looks to be stationary.

Did it take a long time to draw in sketchup?

I will be following this with interest.

BTW, is that figure you looking at your watch impatiently waiting for the table to be completed???

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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Jimmy0x52

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 11:05 PM

That’s just the 2D male figure from Google’s component library haha. He has far too much hair to be me.

I am planning on making it stationary and using it as work surface as well.

As for SketchUp time – maybe 3-4 hours total. I haven’t been keeping track. This is my first major project with SketchUp. I can’t recommend this site enough: http://sketchupforwoodworkers.com/ it really helped me learn the basics.

The outlet and guy are components – the rest is all done by manipulating shapes.

-- Jimmy, Austin, TX - Software developer by day, woodworker by night

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WhoMe

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 12:19 AM

Yea, I can understand the hair thing. Picture friar tuck… that is almost me as my hairline is working towards that look pretty successfully ..lol
Thanks for the web link. it looks like that will be really useful to me also. I have already bookmarked this page to follow it.
happy woodworking.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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djak

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#4 posted 03-01-2012 12:11 PM

Nice looking router table. I also use SketchUp to design all my projects. Here are a couple of websites I visited when I first started using SketchUp (select the SketchUp tab where appropriate):

Swamp Road Wood Works – http://www.srww.com/index.htm
Fine Woodworking – http://finewoodworking.taunton.com/blog/design-click-build

-- Dave - NH

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 12:13 PM

It looks like it’s going to be a nice one. That Sketchup really does a nice job.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Jimmy0x52

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 05:51 PM

Started cutting and the glue-up last night. I have the 5 main panels cut. I have a couple I need to trim. All i can say is math is hard.

-- Jimmy, Austin, TX - Software developer by day, woodworker by night

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#7 posted 03-01-2012 11:56 PM

Math IS hard! But not being able to do the math is even harder!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 03-03-2012 04:05 AM

I feel for you, when I start having to Fourier Transforms or linear differential equations to design a wood project, it gets hard. I thought I saw the last of that stuff back in college. :-)

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 07:30 AM

I have a router table with the Rockler mounting plate and use it with my PC 7539 plunge router and added the
“Router Razer” for about $90. The router razer can be adjusted from above the table and makes quick accurate adjustments. I am very happy i spent the $90 instead of buying another $350 router and a $250 router plate.

As for the Rockler plate DO NOT use their template they sell to route the opening it will make the opening about 3/32” to big. Make you own template that will fit the plate snug.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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