INCRA Cabinet #4: Router Table

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Blog entry by Lance posted 09-01-2011 06:12 AM 4423 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finished up the face frame yesterday and today, I decided to change from 1” to 1.5” wide on the frame, I went with the smaller size originally because I thought I could get more drawer space. Making it bigger gives it the extra strength I think it needed.

Today I put 2 coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly (Glossy) to all my pieces. I’m actually thinking about putting straight poly in the box to reduce friction with the dust, we’ll see how a couple coats of wipe on turns out first.

I bought the dust connector today, everything just keeps adding up on this project!! But I’m going to do it right the first time, I plan on keeping this router table for a LOOOOONNG TIME!

Out of the 50 BF of Maple stock I bought I’m sure WASTING a lot!!! :( I’ll be doing things different on my next project that’s for sure!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 05:02 PM

looking good Lance. I think being wastefull is just part of it. Either that or i really suck at planning a project. Ive gotten a little better over time. Im looking forward to seeing the final product. Keep at it.

-- RKWoods

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 03:51 AM

I think everyone doesn’t like “wasting” wood, but, this whole woodworking thing is a lifelong learnin experience in my book. I was told by a good friend o mine; if you mess up a piece o wood, just git another un.. :) you/we will all get better in time.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 06:49 PM

I know I’ve wasted my share of wood in the past, but over the years, I’ve learned to plan a little better. And by laying out the project on paper, then a rough draft, you can finalize the dimensions. I usually draw all my parts and sizes on a drafting board, so I can get pretty darn close as to how much lumber and materials I’ll need to do the job, without a lot of wasted timber. Once you’ve figured out over-all dimensions, and giving a + or – for waste, you can get close….For me, drawing and planning is the key…Others have to work it out for themselves, and find out the solution for them…...Maybe that’s where my drafting degee comes in handy..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 06:44 AM

FWIW, there is software out there that can help plan your cutlists, and minimize waste. There are free versions out there as well as paid versions. IME, the paid versions are a bit easier to manage and comprehend quickly.

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