Shop Notes 100 Ultimate Router Table Step by Step From a Green Horn's POV #3: Rip Phase Trial and Error and Distractions

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Blog entry by Yupa4242 posted 05-22-2011 04:48 AM 2960 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Started cutiing down all the hardwoods today and managed to get this much done does not seem like much but It was touch and go. I was working from the suggested cut pattern in Shop Notes below:

I had to retune the fence once again It was still off about 1/16 on measure but i don’t trust it. But i did manage to get the fence parts and drawer cut down only to notice they needed to be thinner I was lucky to have caught this before crosscuting the 12 pieces. I got sidetracked several times when i got stuck and had to walk up to Bruno’s Woodshop to ask him some questions. I also desided to fabricate some of the rough cut pieces as i went. The corner blocks had me stumped for over an hour.

I was not sure how to go about safely doing 2 45degree profiles on a small block. At first I nearly nailed myself in the gut trying to do a vertical cut on the compound saw. After a long think i did a 45 crosscut on the table saw. Still after making the first 45 and turning block around for the 2nd pass I had to rethink it. The kickback prawls were in the way. So ended up using a plastic reqtangle push block ran just a mm from fence and kept attension on were the solid part of the block was as it ran thru the saw .. gulp.. even with the guard down I was uneasy about the method i used there has to be an safer way.
At this time i decided to do a side project and fashion a push stick that came from a pattern, i did ok for my first push stick :

All in all for a day of ripping used my router,tablesaw,drill press,hand drill, compound saw,bandsaw, and orbital sander, unfortunatley my cyclone vac broke:(

UPDATE 5/22/2011

Today was more learn the hard way stuff my job was to tackle cutting down (2) 4×8 sheets of MDF and 1 sheet of hardboard. I learned some thing you need help with and I wish I had help. Cutting a 4×8 sheet of MDF without a full 4×8 infeed table just sucks. I barely managed to cut a 2 foot wide piece but panel shifted and only about 2/3 stayed straight. Had to resort to my 96” edge clamp which i think is a major pain,wishing for a Festool panel cutter. I only got 4 15”x30” cabinet walls cut and the 2 24”x36” table core pieces cut and some tiny 8” pieces. I did get sidetracked yet again today and built a small shelf for my tv and boombox which are wired to my main computer wireless. Also decided to tackle the router table core which involved spraying laminate glue on both pieces. Wierd stuff reminded me of silly string, spray on till tacky and drop 2 pieces together and pray everything is straight.I was pretty close i used a pipe clamp to zero in the sides. Used my fave beer mug to trace 1/4 circles into each corner. Jig sawed each corner then used a pattern bit to clean up the corners. So i sanded the sides and corners as well now the table is ready for the laminate top and bottom once i paint the sides since no edging is going there. I’ll post photo later :) Oh before i forget I did not know MDF will kill a Forrest blade. What kind of Blade for cutting MDF?

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 04:50 AM

MDF for tommorow… still unsure about that don’t have any spare ext tables unless i build some :(

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#2 posted 05-22-2011 05:14 AM

I would have cut a 45 on one end of a longer board, flipped it over and cut it to length with another 45. Much safer than cutting short stock. Good luck with your build and BE CAREFUL.

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#3 posted 05-22-2011 02:20 PM

Yeah that would have made sence right…. but my problem is i did not notice the only part on this table project needed to be 1 1/2 inch thick and being a new workshop I had no thick stock in hardwood only pine. The 2 corner blocks need to be a good hardwood and only thing the local hardware store had was a 5’ 2×6 redwood got it for 6bucks. I was told they will no longer be getting ANY redwood in the future since a new law for any more redwood cut down and delivery to distant states. Want to pay respect to my little piece of pretty redwood i decided to only use what i need and save the rest for a small project to show its colors.

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