Its been a long time between shop projects. Harbor Freight Dust Collection System still seating in pieces yet to be assembled as are a few other projects in various states of incompleteness :-( However, the past week I did manage to get some shop time. The new layout I made for the shop several months ago before all the WEPs started is proving out to be very productive. I actually have dedicated space to layout, cut, fabricate, and assemble. Still need a finishing area. However, separating the auto-shop from the woodshop has worked well.
Table Top is where I left off
Cabinet, Drawers and Doors were left to do
Last weekend I got about four hours shop time—had too, couldn’t progress on a WEP without large space (Assembly Table had Router build on it)—so I returned to Router Table Project. I managed to get the majority of the cabinet carcass cut and assembled.
All of the joinery is using pocket screws positioned with the Kreg Jig fixture I built to hold large projects.
Unfortunately the Kreg Clamps—even the large ones—don’t reach far enough in for the setbacks I have. Going to have to come up with some cleaver holding jig myself next time I have a project like this.
View from Back
Back shelves are about 10” deep. Should be deep enough to hold jigs and fixtures.
When completed the table will stand 3’ x 4’ x 36”. Don’t think I’ll worry about it tipping over on large pieces.
The plan is to have two sets of drawers on either side of the dust collection box in the center. Each side will be dedicated to collect size 1/2” or 1/4” as well as a drawer or two for specialty bit sets. The bottom spaces are to store the routers and attachments I have. While the back of the cabinet will have space for jigs and fixtures (box jig, etc.)
Hoping to have cabinet completed and table top mounted by end of weekend. That frees up assemble bench space for current WEP (Downstairs 3 Piece Entertainment Center in progress). Then it’ll be time to sell my Craftsman Professional Router and Router Table to finance a Porter-Cable 2 1/4 Hp. Plunge Kit
-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"