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Incra Offset Router Table #4: Finishing Touches

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Blog entry by SWM posted 09-27-2010 04:08 AM 6672 reads 5 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I feel like I need a cigar with a big red bow on it! I have almost 6 weeks in this bad boy from design to finish product. It was my excuse to “practice” lots of new (to me) methods and techniques.

The drawer fronts were made from MDF and sealed with two coats of Zinnser seal coat. This worked pretty well at smoothing up the rough mdf edges. I chamfered the sides of the drawer faces and painted to match cabinet body. Each drawer was stacked right on top of the other with only a paper thin clearance between each. I wanted to makes sure that I kept out any dust. In hindsight a little more clearance would have been better as two of the drawers barely skim the one below. Otherwise chalk this project up to finished!

I am thinking about adding an elbow to back DC hose. This setup requires about 12” of clearance between wall and cabinet.

This is the toggle clamps that I used to stabilize and level the cabinet while in use. They are bolted through the cabinet wall.

The 4” locking casters on the opposite (left) side of the cabinet are 1/2” lower than the two casters on this side (right). A 3/8” bolt with a leveling foot (not pictured) inserted into these toggle clamps allows me to keep things mobile and stabilize the whole thing when needed. The toggles are rated about 1200 lbs each. Lifting the weight of the table has not been a problem.

All the required Incra fair.

2nd drawer with jigs/ plates/ templates / etc.

Router bit heaven! 1/4 peg board for alignment, glued to 1/2 ply and drilled with 33/64 carbide bit. Most importantly, there is room to grow the collection!

I was curious how dust would gather in the cabinet. Several of the other tables utilized various methods of encouraging airflow, ie baffle boards, sloped bottoms, etc. This is a pic with just a painted rectangular box. You can see the accumulations. I may try a few modular walls/floor to help shape things up. Has anyone else found a design/shape that seems to work better?

Thanks again for following this project. I appeciation all questions/comments/critiques.

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!



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#1 posted 09-27-2010 09:54 AM

Nice job, Swm.
Very well designed.
Its good to hear you challenged yourself with new methods and techniques.
I have found new abilities by trying new things and procedures.
Keep up the great wood work and enjoy your time doing it.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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