Router Table #5: The next day, the next DOH!

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 10-17-2007 04:57 PM 1480 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: The Top and the Toys! Part 5 of Router Table series Part 6: Fence Time! »

I prepped my hand-held PC892 for the rabbet that will support the lift.

Put the right bearing on for a half inch rabbet, and cut away. There is where the DOH! comes in. When I made the jig to size the hole in the top, I put a half inch extra for the whole thing, meaning I’d have to do a quarter inch rabbet to make the PRL fit. Meaning… of course, that I ended up with a hole that was a half inch too bit in my top. DOH DOH DOH!

I made some oak stripping around the PRL, and it doesn’t look TOO bad. I may end up remaking the top if I find it bothers me, but so far, it works just fine.

Of course, I forgot to put in the dust port when it would have been easy, way back when this was sheet goods… Some creative jigsaw work later (damn I need a new one) and I had my hole.

I thought norm’s idea on how to arrange the dust flow was a little odd, so I just went ahead and came up with my own. The ply there is removable, to make cleanout easier.

Of course, now for the gratuitous router bit photo. Fear my dozen router bit collection!

Next up, fence building!

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#1 posted 10-17-2007 05:14 PM

Jon, this great! I’m really enjoying this series, thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 10-17-2007 07:44 PM

Jon, good read.

Is that a plexi door so you can see the sawdust build up? I guess you have inlet air holes cut it. (?)

Note to self: I really need to make some nice stands for some of my tools.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 10-17-2007 07:49 PM

Yeah, the door is 1/4” borg plexi. I drilled 4 1” holes in the bottom, below the chute, to increase air flow for the dust collection.

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#4 posted 10-17-2007 08:50 PM

Nice recovery on the hole! I really like the router bit “drawers!”
I was told that you can install a blast gate opposite your hose outlet to creat a draft that you can adjust according to different circumstances, instead of having a fixed amount of air draft from the 4 holes you drilled on the bottom. That is what I am planning to install when I enclose my router in a wooden dust collection box on my table.
Very Nicely done!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#5 posted 10-17-2007 10:24 PM

True, but the blast gate would look at bit funny on the front door =)

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 10-17-2007 11:48 PM

I’ve read all your blogs so consider this a comment on all. Very good work and a good recovery from a problem. Years ago I was told that a good cabinet maker still makes mistakes, he just know how to recover from them. Keep up the good work. Seems you still need a fence system.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 10-18-2007 08:31 AM

Yee haw! Great table. Hope the rabbet fix doesn’t haunt you. It looks great to me.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 10-18-2007 07:13 PM

WOW! That is going to be a great addition to your shop.


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