Way back on one of my last visits before my Dad passed away I told him I’d like to make this plan so I’ve decided to do just that. Who know’s how long it will take but thought I would catalog my trials from pre to post work in the blog until i finish and post to the project page.
I discovered a fellow on the “Router Forum” web site http://www.routerforums.com/table-mounted-routing/9240-built-my-first-router-table.html that made the Shop Notes 100 Router table which gives me hope and incentive to strive forward. Also “bless her” , I met an older woman woodworker that works at the Madison Woodcraft store thought it would be an excellent lesson in learning to go foward with my project :) TY I needed that! I did however learn It was gonna cost me far more than to just buy a premade router table but dammit this is what it’s about right to learn and have fun doing it!!
Over the last few days I’ve been searching for all the hardware for this project and already I’m learning alot. Screws for example all these abbrv. and types almost makes you want to shoot the engineers who came up with names like hex,Fh,Nylon,T-nut, and acorn nut ? What the heck Is a acorn nut? It’s handy to have a I-phone handy at the hardware store.
Cost yes!, It’s costing ALOT directions say 2 of a screw and end up buying a box and then trying to decide what project in futer will be to store the extra screws lol .
Router Kit I bought for this table project is the Dewalt DW618PK
2 Sheets of MDF 64.00
1 4×8 SHeet Laminate 77.80 (this made me want to kick the bucket)
1 sheet hardboard 12.00
the woodscrew sizes alone in bulk so far 60.00 (likley will be more granted i’ll have alot for future )
(2) 4” casters (Free these were only thing Dad bought for this project before he got sick)
Dust Port 4.99
Assorted bolts 30.00
2 48” Kreg mini track 38.00
Door catches 98 cents (cheapest thing lol )
I just noticed alot of the specific hardware is In the back of the Shop Notes books ( handy just don’t have prices yet)
Went out to my shop a bit a go and it’s an Icebox 3 inches of snow and thunder snow fallen atm :( The squirrels are happy though. I put a nut feeder outside to give them a distration from chewing my shop stuff. I ‘ve got a squirrel that just loves to perch and watch me while Im at my table.
Currently looking for the specific hardware and eagerly waiting for my new saw to arrive.
Update 4/20/11 12:16 am
Managed to find rest of the hardware and learned that I had no router bits I think my brother in law got those.. Ordered a 15 pc MLCS kit and a Rockler Hinge Mortise Bit and Rockler Pattern Bit which is needed for this project. Found out http://www.leevalley.com has tons of books and hardware pulls to choose from, also placed a order for bolts at http://www.boltdepot.com I liked there ease of use web service, and lastly found the levers at http://www.reidsupply.com .
I found to my delight that In my stash of unknown items was a router insert brand new never opened in a box a ROUSSEAU RM 3509 Insert ! Lucky one less thing to buy !
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