Once I got the fence upgraded as described in the second blog of this series it was time to get the router table built. Here are some pictures of the granite table added as a right wing to the Ridgid 4511 table saw.
Glued up 2” of mdf and laminated top and bottom with leftovers from a local cabinet shop. OK, it’s only as heavy as granite. Here the laminated slab is ready for cutting dados for the mitre and t-tracks.
Here are reference lines on masking tape for aligning the insert template and a picture of the starter hole in one corner. If I was to do it over again, I’d consider cutting the rough opening before gluing the sheets of mdf together. It was difficult to cut the rough opening with my jigsaw. I even thought about using a saws-all.
I ended up drilling starter holes in all corners.
And here is the finished top after installing the tracks and trimming the edges with ash.
And here is the second finished top. The first one didn’t get a good bond and was starting to come loose, so I worked it off. I had used a spray adhesive instead of contact cement. Even using a whole can on the top, it was still glue starved. The can says you can but I didn’t have any luck with the spray adhesive. It was the laminate that was glue starved, the mdf seemed plenty tacky.
A couple hundred pounds and two days to cure ensured a good bond the second time.
A few pics of the completed top.
This fence is off the old router table. I may build a sacrificial fence over the Bies for quick routing jobs.
The downdraft box with aux switch.
And from the back.
The few cuts I’ve made are fairly dust free.
-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--