Another use for the New Yankee router table

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Blog entry by RobertBlaney posted 12-16-2008 01:10 AM 980 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my New Yankee router table about 10 years ago. I used some cherry as I had lots of it and wanted the table to look nice in the shop.

I am working on a china cabinet (project details to follow). The cabinet is angled and the top has hardwood edges on the cherry ply. I needed to cut the molded edge with my plunge router and could not clamp it to my workbench and cut all three sides at once. I looked at my router table and all of a sudden it hits me – the fence is a clamp.

As you can see from the pictures I clamped the top under the fence and added a filler in the back (same thickness as top) to make sure the fence (clamp) was level.

Voila, top clamped in place and edge molding routed without having to move the top all around and re clamp it.

Hope this idea gives you some ideas to “think out of the box”.

Cabinet top clamped on router table

Spacer block under clamp fence

-- Bob,

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#1 posted 12-16-2008 01:22 AM

Cool! Thanks for the idea!

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

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#2 posted 12-16-2008 02:22 AM

That is a great solution…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 12-16-2008 12:54 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Good job!!

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#4 posted 12-16-2008 03:59 PM

Great way to over come and adapt. Brilliant idea. I look forward to seeing the finished project.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 12-16-2008 06:59 PM

Oh, I’ll be using this! Thx for the tip!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#6 posted 12-18-2008 02:20 AM

Thanks for the comments. I am glad that this gave others some ideas of a different use.
The china cabinet project will be setup on LJ over the next few weeks. It is still in the beginning stages.

-- Bob,

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#7 posted 12-18-2008 07:34 AM

Great idea! My table should do the same thing. Thanks. Looking forward to the china cabinet project.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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