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Shop Notes 100 Ultimate Router Table Step by Step From a Green Horn's POV #1: Shop Notes 100 Ultimate Router Table Step by Step From a Green Horn POV

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Blog entry by Yupa4242 posted 04-20-2011 02:33 AM 7396 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 !

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."



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#1 posted 04-20-2011 04:11 AM

Good luck, buddy. Go get ‘em! One thing I’ve learned here is that if you’ve got the guts to try something, there’s a ton of help available here when you run into problems.

(And you will run into problems! That’s most of the fun) :)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 04-30-2011 06:02 PM

I want to post this in more parts but cant seem to figure out this blog thing…peanuts!

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#3 posted 05-03-2011 04:41 AM

Frustration!! my saw I orded is backordered for 4 months. I’m looking all over again this bites.

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#4 posted 05-03-2011 04:54 AM

Bites?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 02:19 AM

I’m limited to 110v at the current time so I had thought I would buy a contractor model saw. I had ordered a Jet Proshop model but the production is on hold until late June and Woodcraft said availibity would be mid July.
I have already waited a full month thinking my saw would can any day now so now I’m looking for another alternative. I’m actually looking at the 110/220v Grizzly Hybrid but would welcome suggestions, I could spend another thousand for a SawStop but with less bells and whistles.
Only cool thing that happened today is my saftey upgrade package for my old RAS came today. It’s all steel and acrylic parts heavy duty im really impressed.

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#6 posted 05-04-2011 02:27 AM

I have lots of Grizzly tools that I’m very happy with plus there have been a good number of reviews re Grizzly’s table saws on LJs that say they are good tools too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 05-18-2011 08:52 AM

I’m concidering a 8” Grizzly Jointer but a fellow woodworking neighbor say there a waste of money since jointing can be done on a table saw. Maybe… i

‘ll buy one later in the future then if this new hobby takes off :)

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#8 posted 05-18-2011 01:37 PM

A jointer is a pretty handy tool. You get far better joints than with a table saw blade. An alternative is routing edges on a router table with an off set fence.
In either case (saw or router) you won’t get the flattening capabilities of a jointer. But’ to complete the job, you’ll need a planer.
It never ends!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 05-18-2011 02:11 PM

This will be a fun project. I had my eye on a very similar table but out ot time constraints, I went with a tablesaw extension table. Let be the first to recommend a jointer plane! You won’t be happy with joints made straight from the TS, I would imagine. TS, planer, jointer: the trio :) Good luck

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 05-18-2011 02:12 PM

I should have said I own a Jet PLaner already :P

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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