Well it’s been quite a while since I wrote an entry for this but I figured I would share the finished product. I hadn’t needed to use my router throughout the summer on most of the projects I was working on so it basically sat as a cabinet with a top that housed my miter saw. When I built my tapering jig though it came down to me needing to finish this up so that it could be put to good use.
I positioned the router plate exactly where I needed it and then cut some pieces of MDF to build a frame around it and double stick taped them to the top. I popped out the plate and used a flush trim bit to plunge into the formica/MDF top to route out the lip that the plate sits on. Then I drilled some relief holes and used a jigsaw to cut out the inside. I found on my previous router table top that this way never really yielded perfect results so once I rough cut with the jigsaw I just put up another guide to clean up the inside edges.
With the router plate setup, I was able to use my table to finish my tapering jig. With the tapering jig completed I was able to cut the proper angles on the router table fence after laminating them with formica as well. Then it was just a matter of slapping in the t-tracks, mounting hardware, homemade switch, etc and voila! Finally a decent router table which I have used for a handful of odd jobs since I finished it.
Sorry there weren’t more pictures of this part of the build but for the most part it was just a lot of small finishing details to get it done. Threw in the tapering jig to show how I cut the angles for the fence.