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Blog entry by Roger posted 05-09-2015 06:35 PM 1991 reads 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1st let me apologize for the this small novel… Anyhoo, I decided to do a bit of upgrading to my old router tabletop. I found a few gr8 deals here: (http://www.ustoolandfastener.com/) at a decent cost, imo. While adding the new Woodpeckers top, Kreg Precision Insert Plate (3/8” thick) & optional rings, and, a twin pack of Kreg featherboards, here are some pics after the new additions, which include 2 drawers for storing some of the accessories, bits, etc., and better dust collection. Right now, I’ve gotta say, I am happy happy happy with everything. I drilled the insert plate myself. To get that “perfect” fit, I drilled the mounting holes w/a forstner bit and enlarged the screw holes just a few hairs to give it a little “wiggle” room for that perfectly centered router mount. I have a Hitachi 12V that lives here permanently. I purchased the added dust collection a long while ago, and, I just want to say I only used the silicon “cup”, that mounts on a thin plate by way of velcro right at the bit. I used the 2-1/2” hose with a Y connection for dust collection on the top and on the bottom of the table. WowZa!, I’m very impressed with the dust collection this way. I think I might have paid 32 bux for the dc collection kit, but, I think just that silicon cup & mount was worth that by itself. Because of my different fence, I couldn’t use their hoses and couplers that came w/the kit. One other thing that I added was that big paddle off switch. I have the same type on my tablesaw, and I really like the ez off w/that big paddle. Okay, this mightg be the 3rd or 4th “one more thing:.... The bottom tote holds a system called The Route-R-Joint System from Woodline. Well, I think that says it all…......if ya’ll are still awake…. Thnx for the looks, and, as always, good/bad/ugly comments are always appreciated. Check out these pics and let me know what ya think:

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com



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Jerry

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#1 posted 05-09-2015 06:38 PM

That’s a mighty fine looking setup Roger. Well done, I might copy you!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#2 posted 05-09-2015 06:39 PM

Thnx Jerry. I’ve been fiddlin w/it on a project/s that I hope to post in a week er so.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Roger

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#3 posted 05-09-2015 06:41 PM

This setup for dust collection really works well:

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 05-09-2015 07:01 PM

nice lookin table Roger, won’t be long til you decide to upgrade even more with
http://www.incrementaltools.com/INCRA_LS_Standard_System_17_Range_p/ls17sys.htm
and a router raiser
I don’t know what I’d do without mine – got one for the table saw as well

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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CharlieK

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#5 posted 05-09-2015 07:17 PM

HI Roger,

That’s a really nice looking set up!

I looked at the Dust Router before but haven’t tried one yet. I am glad to hear it works well for you. Maybe the next time I am in the mood for shop improvements I will pull the trigger on one for myself.

Thanks,
Charlie

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Roger

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#6 posted 05-09-2015 07:17 PM

Thnx Dick. You couldn’t see on the other pics above, but, I have a sort of old, maybe, like a 1st version of an Incr-fence. It is/was Made in the USA, and called Join-Tech. Check these pics out:

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 05-09-2015 07:35 PM

Roger – same difference. Those things are just AWESOME – just like your new router table

I have the LS fence on my table saw also – The Incra tools make life easy for woodworkers like me. blind and no talent

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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Boxguy

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#8 posted 05-09-2015 07:53 PM

Roger, very nice job. I like how it looks. Does it have a lift kit? I didn’t see one in what I read or saw. It really makes using a router quite a pleasure. Looks like it will whisk away the dust quite well. Have fun.

-- Big Al in IN

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Roger

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#9 posted 05-09-2015 07:58 PM

Thnx Al. It does not have a lift setup….yet. I think it would be fairly ez to add simply by drilling a hole in the table and a hole in/thru the router base. That will probably be another addition down the road.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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JL7

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#10 posted 05-09-2015 08:27 PM

Nice setup Roger! Nothing like having a great router table setup, this should get a lot of use….......

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 05-09-2015 08:56 PM

Outta sight, man. You’ll love using that set up. I’ll bet your be finding all kinds of things to run through there.

Next thing is to make some cool sleds to slide the parts through without touching the table. I find them very useful on my router station.

Thanks for sharing. a lot of drooling going on with this post!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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SPalm

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#12 posted 05-09-2015 09:00 PM

Sweet.
Color me jealous.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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lew

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#13 posted 05-09-2015 09:03 PM

Now that’s a router table!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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doubleDD

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#14 posted 05-09-2015 10:21 PM

Nice set up Roger. I have a similar setup but with a collection box underneath the router and a port on top by the bit. Amazing how well it works. You must be amazed how well it works.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 05-09-2015 11:26 PM

Roger:

Very COOL!

Super COOL…

I like that Dust control… special shroud around the router?

Have Fun & be safe…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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