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Blog entry by SSMDad posted 1100 days ago 903 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Getting tired of trying to handhold the router to do anything, I decided to make a table since I’m cheap and the wife is … er

No pictures yet as normal for me because frankly it was the first time I’ve built something like this and secondly, I did it from my mind and not from any set of plans. Last but not least, it’s ugly as sin!

What it DOES do though, is WORK. Pretty much everything is complete except finishing touches on the fence (bought the wrong type of screw handles) and installing the dust ports I’ve made but yesterday I did install the router and use it to do some freehand edges with very good results.

Construction is very simple. I used 1/2” MDF for the top and back brace, and used 3/4” plywood for the (2) legs. My router is a little PC 690 and the base is screwed to the underside of the top. Changing bits isn’t too bad but it’s just as easy to remove the motor from the base and do it.

Once I’ve finished it completely I’ll see if I can get some photos that’s aren’t quite so hideous, at least to show what I did. It’s far from being perfect but is easy to do for someone starting out with $0 to spend on one. Had it not been for my son, it probably would have only taken an hour or less to do (not including glue drying time).

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."



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Page2171

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#1 posted 1100 days ago

I would like to see some pics of it when you can post some. I have a PC 690 also and have been thinking about making a bench top table for it.

-- Brian in Leesburg, GA

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#2 posted 1099 days ago

Pictures of the router table would be nice.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1099 days ago

I’m planning to take some this afternoon. There was a slight setback yesterday but an advancement too. Trying to keep my son a safe distance from the drill, I broke off a piece of the fence. Ah well, now I’m going to use something a little thicker. I did get the arc cut in it though to pass the bit through the fence.

Pics hopefully tonight.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#4 posted 1099 days ago

Sometimes ugly is beautiful.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 1098 days ago

Haha not this time RG. :)

Well, here it is… I think I’m going to put a piece of laminate across the top of the MDF so things slide easier. Not sure about that though. The black tube sticking up is the socket for plugging my shop vac dust collector cyclone thing to and it works pretty well.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#6 posted 1098 days ago

That looks like it gets the job done to me. One question, why did you put the dust collection on the top?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#7 posted 1098 days ago

It’s actually going to have a dual collection and the hose connector will actually be facing toward the back as soon as the CA glue dries. haha The other collector is going to be underneath and joined to the fence via a y-connector. It’s crappola looking but I used it today for a few pieces and it definitely worked. All I had before this was just handholding.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#8 posted 1098 days ago

Thanks for the tip Bently! I have one about 1/2 way up in the back but I’m going to add this to the front like you suggest. Does the back need one at the top also?

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#9 posted 1098 days ago

Great thanks again! I’ve got some plywood left over that will work well.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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