shop upgrades #2: Updated router and outfeed tables

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Blog entry by Julian posted 01-20-2009 04:42 AM 4612 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: 6" bandsaw riser block kit Part 2 of shop upgrades series Part 3: Motor upgrade for the bandsaw »

After finally finishing my latest project, I had some time to do some well overdue upgrades to my shop. I bought a rousseau router plate, and a Freud FT1700VCEK 2 1/4 hp router for the new router table I built. It replaced my old router setup that was built into my outfeed table, and over the last five years had sagged a bit. I laminated 2 layers of baltic birch 1/2” plywood for the router table, then added formica on top and bottom. Let me be the first to say that being able to use the table saw fence with the router is great. The extra surface for ripping wide boards is also nice.

The outfeed table is 44”x48” wide, and the router table is 18”x24”.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 01-20-2009 04:52 AM

Very nice Julian, thanks for posting

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 05:01 AM

nice job on the lamination! what did you use to laminate the plywood sheets? and the formica top layer?

nice setup!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 01-20-2009 05:04 AM

Looks like a nice set-up to me.

I used that tablesaw on a job once and I loved it. I think that it is a good one for the money.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 01-20-2009 05:12 AM

Thanks for the comments.

PurpLev, I used titebond 2 to laminate the plywood, and contact cement to laminate the formica.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 01-20-2009 05:14 AM

Nice router and tablesaw setup.

-- 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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