At the very start, let me give all the credit in the world to Tedth66, whose project this is totally based on, and who has been graciously providing guidance as I build this. This is a modification of his design, adding a few details, and making it work for my shop. I have a 2 car garage / workshop that is tremendously space challenged, so I need to be clever about every square inch. On top of that, I enjoy modifying designs and making them work custom for me. So when I saw Ted’s ...
This is a router table I’m working on for my shop. I was able to incorporate most the features I needed and plan to use it often. It isn’t finished but most the major parts are in place. I purchased the Incra twin linear, router table top, woodpeckers router lift and the porter cable 7518 motor from Woodpeckers Inc back in 2002 or 2003. Finally, she’s in working order. Since the last post I was able to complete the rear ...
I guess about ten years ago I made a second router table for certain applications. Mostly it was to be used with Incra jigs and accessories. This table is a little fancier than the last one I posted ands does have a few advantages. For example there is no back to this cabinet. Both sides have the same door arrangement, so accessing the router is easier to make height adjustments. Also there is a lot of bit storage in the four vertical pull outs. These too can be pulled out to either ...
What I wanted to do with this router table was to make it inexpensively and using simple techniques. It’s all made with 1×3 pine boards and 1/4” plywood. Next week’s video will be all about the top and fence.
So, No more messin’ around! Its time to cut the hole! With my template all biscuited and glued up, I shaved off the other half of the biscuits and sanded everything flat. With a little sanding and shaving off the inside I got the router plate to fit perfectly inside. So I decided to use my fabricated router plate template to make a one-piece template. This way I could also test the accuracy of it. So I sandwiched together the template, one solid piece of plywood which would be the...
I’m so close! The clamps are holding the oak backer board on … which is holding the mirror in place. The top oak trim cap is just sitting there. The bottom trim cap was a no-show on photo day. It looks suspiciously like the top piece. BUT … I’m almost done! The trim blocks (the four corner pieces that surround the frame) are glued on. I’m going to run the top and bottom edges through my jointer, along with the top and bottom cap pieces … just to ...
A while back I talked about my desire to buy or build a router table. Today I have decided. I will build. It will be glorious. The factors that influenced my decision were many; quality, precision, flatness of the table, and to some extent cost. When I weighed all the factors the scales were greatly tilted in favor of buying either the Incra super system or the Veritas system. I choose to build, because I wanted to. In a day or two, the router plate I ordered will arrive. This w...
alright so now everything except for the fence is put together and it is looking awesome. i added the apron and plugged all my holes with birch plugs just for the looks and i put on a coat of poly just to make the birch plugs turn brown because they are end grain so it looks cool, no other reason. i am planning on making the fence and also some form of dust collection and some storage for router bits and a couple other things. maybe even put some French cleats there. so here is a video...
Ok, I am new here and I’ll take risk. Thought I would share an innovation that amuses me and works well enough. I have looked at router lifts for my Craiglist router table. Ouch, the cost. Especially, when other equipment is high on the lust list. Then, a choir hit a high note and this wacky router lift inspiration – a labratory scissor jack. Yup. They are compact, 6’’ x 6” top and bottom plates, 10” maximum lift height. Cost? Less than $30 a...
Tonight’s blog is more of an update. I am sort of in a zone with flattening my router table top, and don’t have much new to add. I did buy a 1” Freud bit, which has helped considerably. I am also getting better at making consistent passes over the wood, which has cut down on the slight variation from one pass to the next. The most obvious part of this that has jumped out is that I have only done one side of the table top, and I just can’t bear to not do the other side as well. So t...
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