Shop evolution #2: Table Saw Extension Router Table #1

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Blog entry by ShannonRogers posted 06-01-2008 04:26 AM 6407 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Making room for the bench... Part 2 of Shop evolution series Part 3: Router Table #2: I hate routing MDF!!! »

After completing the new counter top, my next step will be to breakdown the adjacent cabinet that I used to store my 13” planer and bench top router table. Eventually, I will store the planer on the bottom shelf of the workbench.


I have been eyeing the Maste-R-Lift from JessEm for a while so I thought this would be a good time to invest. First I glued and screwed together 2 pieces of 27×20” 3/4 MDF and edge glued and biscuited some scrap 3/4 ash to the sides. Here is the assembly in the clamps


I am going to use some of the leftover laminate from the counter top project for the surface of the table and I want it to run all the way to the edge. To insure a perfectly flat top, I raised the fence on my biscuit joiner 1/32” when I cut the slots on the ash so that the side pieces were 1/32 proud of the MDF substrate. Here I am planing the side flush with the edge trimming plane.


Next, I used Miller dowells to reinforce the corners…


Then I flush trimmed them with my Bakuma…


Here I brushed on the laminate glue onto the table top and the laminate. I let it dry for one hour.


Finally, I used a trim router to flush the top and then my BU Jack plane to put a slight chamfer on the edge to take the sharp corner off.


Time to call it a day. Tomorrow I will position it in the table saw and mark the holes for the screw inserts.

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#1 posted 06-01-2008 04:39 AM

looking nice. can’t wait to see the finished product. thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 06-01-2008 05:13 AM

This is looking pretty good. This will be a nice addition to your shop when you are finished.

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#3 posted 06-01-2008 05:50 AM

I just love watching the progress!

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#4 posted 06-01-2008 08:06 AM

Looking good so far!

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#5 posted 06-01-2008 06:48 PM

Looking good!

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