I live in a small apartment but love woodworking. Thinking my old dining room table could be used for dinner and woodworking, I’ll try to convert it to a general workbench, router table and maybe even a table saw.
For the first step, I made a frame to cut both the hole in the table and the insert. I used a 1/4” bit with a 1” bushing for the hole and a 1/2” bushing for the insert.
Unfortunately one of my clamps slipped while I was working and took too much from one of the edges. I got frustrated, went a little to quickly and broke the router bit. This will be a lesson is patience.
To fix the gouges, I made inlays and cut off the excess using the original form and a plane.
I glued in blocks underneath the table to hold the insert, but I forgot to take pictures of that. Here’s a picture from a little later in the project that shows the blocks.
The last step was cutting out the insert. I tried using a chisel to round over the corners, but that was a mistake. There were a lot of voids in the wood already and the chisel just highlighted that. Sandpaper worked better. This was the result.