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Shop Notes 100 Ultimate Router Table Step by Step From a Green Horn's POV #2: Such a slow start to this project

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Blog entry by Yupa4242 posted 04-30-2011 06:37 PM 1877 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I was hoping to have already started building this table but work and parts and tools are delaying this project.

Over the last week I’ve be getting alot of the projects parts in the mail which is fun to some extent. This sure makes coming home to see what is on the porch a welcomed site to see. As for tools my DeWalt DW618PK http://www.dewalt.com/tools/woodworking-routers-dw618pk.aspx took 3 weeks to arrive via special order from Home Depot. The annoying this is it had been at the store for over a week and no one called me to pick it up. I paid about 60.00 more for it through them when i could have ordered it from Amazon for much less, I did this so I could get and extended warranty on this router since it has a history of burn out on the motor. But even more frustrating is you only can get warranty plans for store bought items over $300.00 and most smaller power tools are excluded. @#$%!!!! sigh… I’m learning the hard way. I also ordered a JET 10” Proshop Table saw over a month ago and It’s still not in yet. Gone are the days you get prompt service that is unless your willing to pay extra for it.

So what to do ? Out of boredom I set out all my parts and decided to catalog them and poly bag them with my own numbers. This I hope will make It easier during the build process so Im not having to search and double check the parts list. In doing this I noticed I orderd the wrong levelers for the fence ext table I was supposed to get the GL-120 (x2) from http://www.reidsupply.com ..pounds head into table . Also noiticed that the ShopNotes magazines often miss parts in the parts list. I need to find a 3/8” I.D. 1/2” Nylon Spacer and Ive been too 6 hardware stores and 3 big box stores and not found this blasted part! The closest thing I’ve found is a 1 inch long version of what I need in brass for 7 bucks :( too long and expensive. Is this spacer supposed to be 1/2” long or tall our is it the outer dimension?

I did play around with the new router this morning I think I got a refurb product the case was in good shape but the motor housing was scuffed up a bit :( . I also seem to be missing a solid metal spacer bit and it appears to go with this centering cone shaped tool that came with the kit. The directions are confusing too as Im trying to figure out what all the dodads are on the plunge unit. I tried a few passes on some scrap wood with some new bits I bought and I like the slow start and handling of this unit but that’s about all Im willing to say as a under qualified reviewer :D lol

Yep leave it to Reid Supply they had the last of the specific parts for this project too bad they don’t sell table saws :P

Update before starting rip phase of this project. 5/18/11

Had to make some modification to the hardware purchases for this project. The part GL-120 (2) Leg Levelers are the actual heavy duty non-skid feet for the front of the table I got them confused with the fence table levelers. Shop Notes Vol 17 Issue 100 pg. 25 Fig 12 shows the support levelers Iv’e been unable to find anything like what is featured here. So be studying the diagram it’s a 11/32” plastic # 16 threaded collect I can only suppose is glued into place. What I did was I got a 14 mm rubber collet with a #16 thread and I got (2) #16 Metal Elevator pads with 3/4” heads and I affixed 2 foam pads to the heads.

Now I have all the hardware, tools,and stock for this project I’m now waiting on a drive belt for my new table saw to come in the mail since it was missing in the box of parts. You can follow that ordeal via this link : http://lumberjocks.com/topics/26980

Update 5/20/11
Starting today YIPPEE!! I’ll get one hour in before work and then have the whole weekend:)

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



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