It’s been a somewhat hectic week, so the workshop has had to take a back seat, however not all has been sweetness and light!!
I thought I had found the plans for the perfect Router table to fit into a micro-workshop, as I had previously reported, I drew out all the parts on a 3/4” sheet of Ply, spent a day or two, cussing like mad, trying to make space to do the cutting, and then fortunately did a dry-fit of the main parts… Router table Mk1 was abandoned! there was no way I would have the space to accomodate it, even though it was designed as a bench top table.
However not all was lost, as I decided that at the moment the only way to accommodate a Router Table was to design it in the same form as my table-saw. The largest board of Mk1, became the table top of Mk2, and some of the other parts were used to make the fence, the rest will come in for other projects later, so other than time, nothing is wasted.
I cut the hole for the router bit using a hole cutter, I thought about plunging the router, but this way stopped as much tear-out. Then using the router plate, I marked and drilled the four fixing holes, after which I routed out the location for it to sit, leaving the base 1/2” thick, my router is no light weight, so everything has to be strong enough to hold it. I fitted clamping blocks, much like on the table-saw to clamp the work-piece to the workmate frame.
I didn’t have to do much to make the fence, as I used Mk1 parts, I just cut to length, and cut the arch for the router bit, using a 3” hole cutter on the pillar drill.
The holes for holding the router I countersunk, but I then went out to buy longer machine screws, but like everything else in Colombia, it’s not that simple, and I came back empty handed, so I have ended up drilling the countersinks deeper and using the originals.
At least now, my router table is ready for action.
As for my next project, I need a bench top sander, and these are expensive here, how I wish I had direct access to Harbor Freight! I do buy from them, but with delivery and import duty, I have to be desperate. I have just purchased a dead mans pedal switch, to make life a little safer, and hopefully to cut my electric bill, at the moment it runs both the vac and table saw together. Anyway, back to the sander… I only want a disc sander, so have designed a plan to make one, us¡ng the drill to run it, now I just have to see if the design will translate into reality!
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright