Well now that the router table was done, the one thing I’ve always wanted is a router lift. The Craftsman router I have is absolutely horrible at setting depth, the whole mechanism locks up so I just have to keep fudging it until I get it to the proper height (not ideal). I found this in Shopnotes a while ago and within a couple weeks of me starting my table I noticed Steve Ramsey from Woodworking For Mere Mortals built it as well so it was nice to see the whole process come to light...
The problem I am finding with a ‘micro-workshop’ is space, I was spoilt with my last workshop, and I have gone to the opposite extreme, which means I have nowhere to lay things out. I suppose I could stray out into the kitchen area, but I don’t want to impose my hobby on my Wife, so I remain behind a closed door, cursing away merrily to myself. Nothing gets left out, there is no space to put out tools, so it comes out of it’s toolbox or shelf-space under the bench, get...
The tenons went well on the smallest table. I had some trouble with the tenons on the mid-sized table. I was careful to cut them very close to the size of the mortises. Some were cut too tight. I had trouble on the dry fit. I had to squeeze the joints together with clamps. The table was tweaked slightly and was not square. I pulled it apart and hand sanded the tenons to loosen the fit a little bit. The second dry fit was much better. (I posted this problem and received lots of good advice ...
I began cleaning out the mortises. I followed BTimmons advice to start slow and sneak up on the line. I had to find my strongest “cheaters” and a work lamp. I don’t know what I ever did to ruin my eyesight. This worked well. I cleaned up all of the mortises for the smallest table. They do not look as clean as ones I’ve seen posted here and on Youtube but each one is smoother than the previous one. I was a little nervous about finishing all of the mortises so I thoug...
Here you can see my home made router lift with more detail: I had to reupload the video without sound cause some copyright thing :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP6YEJG1nIw And here you can see my homemade router table: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/75194 Link to my YouTube channel
Working on the back of my router table. The end is in sight. With the completion of the router table top and the fence, I am down to the final items before I can call this project finished. My punch list contains these items… - Complete the back- Mount the router- Install the power switch- Enclose the router area Complete the BackThis step involves adding a clamp which will latch onto the right wing of my table saw. I also need to plug the screw holes and paint the back. The illustra...
Long delay in posting. Have been very busy at work and havent had time to post. In this session, I installed the face frame and doors on the router base as well as mounted the table top. I started with the finished outer case And ended with the drawers installed Steps in this session 1. Installed hardwood drawer runners2. Mounted face frame and caster wheels3. Drill, tap and mount top4. Build and install drawers Step 1 – Install hard wood runners Rip hard wood...
Working out the fence design. It is not unusual for me to put in more than two hours of drive time on certain work days. This allows me considerable time to contemplate upcoming steps while building a project. Since creating the fence for my new router table has been rapidly approaching, I have been thinking of combining two router table fence designs seen in separate issues of Fine Woodworking magazine. If you have been following my progress, you most likely have already seen this imag...
A while back I grabbed a great deal on a complete Veritas steel plate router table setup…complete with the stand, the fence, the fence sled, and a Bosch 2 1/2 HP variable speed router. I built a cabinet for it to sit on with a draw for the bits/router stuff and a couple adjustable shelves and a Kreg router safety switch located at knee height.. The Veritas router stand is open and made of Baltic Birch ply..so I pondered for a while on how to do the dust collection..I was making huge me...
Before I get to the top, I left off in my last post on this build with the tricky addition of the dust port to the back of the router table. This would have been a lot easier if I had completed this step prior to attaching the back to the case, but it just didn’t happen that way. To get started on the dust port, I taped it in place on a thin piece of pine… Using a flush trim bit in my router I create the template I need to cut the hole in the back… After pos...
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