Going to have to write a review another time, but just wanted to gloat about the deal I made on the Bosch RA1181 benchtop router table at Home Depot I discovered that this item was being clearanced in my local store for $129 (regularly $179 – $190), plus I had (yet another) Harbor Freight 20% off any single item coupon, which HD honored (your mileage will vary…). So, I picked up a fairly nice starter table for $103 + tax. Plus, it’ll work great with my Bosch 1617EVSPK ...
I lost count, but I think I have now applied about 12 coats of polyurethane. Nearly 1/2 gallon. After about 7 coats, the endgrain finally stopped soaking it in. So at that point, I basically had a 3/32” thick “plastic” top, as hard as a butcher block. Which is exactly what I wanted. I tried to put the poly on as thick as possible, sanding down all the high spots between coats. After the 7 coats, I realized it wasn’t as flat as I’d like, as I was sanding th...
Last summer I posted this project—-My Router Table Sledhttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/17463It just hit me, I never really showed how the jig could be used. Here is a practical application.I was actually building another jig and needed to slot some small pieces for adjustments. I posted a similar jig last week. I needed another. This one is tweaked a bit. I planed down a scrap of Mahogany I had laying around. (Sorry—no Bubinga) The Mahogany matched my sled ——if you&...
A couple of days ago I decided to take a few days off from my router table. The next step was to route out the edge that would hold the Rousseau router plate. Was there fear and trepidation in my little novice woodworker’s heart? There certainly was! I knew that the slightest error in measuring or planning could result in a disaster that would reverberate throughout the greater metropolitan Martelle area. It would likely be worse than the Tunguska Blast of 1908, and could possibly c...
The flattening of the router table top took slightly less time than it did for China to put up a wall to keep out the neighbors’ goats. I estimate that I spent around seven or eight hours flattening my laminated table top. I would imagine that, if I had run the boards through a planer, and then did some sanding; it would have taken less than 30 minutes. That is ok though, as I enjoyed myself and it is done now. I really like the breadboard look. My friend Ryan made a really cool co...
“Whose brain did you bring me?” asked young Frankenstein. “Abby someone…Abby Normal I believe” responded Igor. If you are a movie buff, or Royce Alger, then it will be obvious that this is from the classic Mel Brooks film, “Young Frankenstein” It sprang to mind when I was asked if I was normal. I had been carrying on a conversation with a woman on Linkedin. I sent her an invitation to connect, and she responded, “Going to hope you’re not oddball—seems normal. Usuall...
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...
The outpouring of ideas from everyone has been incredibly helpful. I have been struggling with how I should get the router table to be flat, or at the very least to f sharp. So I sat at the piano and tickled the ivories. Many of you might be astonished to find that I play the piano; well you need not be, as I really don’t. When I turned 38, and realized it had been 20 years since I had graduated high school, it seemed that it was just about time to get my midlife crisis underway. I...
I believe it was Virgil who said, “They are able because they think they are able.” When I say I believe, what I really mean is that I googled famous sayings and found it waiting there for me. Saying ‘I believe’, is simply me having delusions of well read. I seem to remember Stevie Wonder saying, “We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.” It was a warm day in June I believe. Ok, I made that last part up. Back in the day, I used to hang out with David Bowie and Bout...
Dropped by the local weekend flea market on Sunday, just thought I’d kill a few minutes sharing some of the goodies I picked up…. (thats right, its “sharing” not “bragging” lol!) A B&D twin-screw benchtop clamping thingy I got for $4, looks damn handy, tho those metal jaws are pretty ragged, figure prolly remove em and either sand down the plastic jaws smooth or epoxy on some hardwood ones. .... A Craftsman benchtop router table, got it fo...
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