Life as an Amateur Woodworker #3: Not everything goes to plan!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 10-21-2013 11:53 PM 2473 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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┬íng 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

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#1 posted 10-22-2013 12:01 AM

That will work – simple and it gets the job done!

-- David Australia

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 12:33 AM

You’re right David, I won’t be doing any intricate work on this, but for basic routing it is fine. Thanks for the comment.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 12:46 AM

Nice job. I’m sure that will work just fine.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 10-22-2013 05:35 PM

What kind of stand are you using? Is it attached to the table top?

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#5 posted 10-22-2013 06:14 PM

The stand is my Workmate, I had to remove the plank tops to give enough space for the tools, but they are ready and waiting to be re-fitted in the future. I just clamp this top and the one I made for my Table-saw to the WM using wooden blocks I attached under the table tops – Thanks

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#6 posted 10-25-2013 05:10 AM

This is about the same as the router table I built years back with the intention of upgrading it one day except yours looks better.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 10-25-2013 11:30 AM

Cheers Rick, like you, I intend to upgrade this as time goes by, but for the time being, it serves it’s purpose.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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