Kreg Router Table enhancements, and some other stuff

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Blog entry by Jeremy Greiner posted 04-07-2012 02:20 AM 11753 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m really happy with the Kreg router table I’ve had for a long time, the part I disliked was lack of storage space that all the cool homemade router tables have and I saw some enhancements made by trackman and decided I totally need to do something similar.

Here is his design
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I’m going with a slightly different approach, a little closer to traditional router table cabinets with a small box around the router lift area. But instead of drawers, I decided on shelves that are accessed from the sides.

Here is the front, I plan on adding a drawer in the bottom middle for things like wrenches, extra router inserts etc.. and I want to add a switch to turn on and off the router on the right hand side in the front.

The sides are currently just an open cavety, I haven’t decided if I want glued in shelves, or use my shelf pin jig to create a bunch of pin holes for adjustable shelves. I don’t know how well the pin holes will hold up in MDF is my main concern, but I do like the idea of adjustable shelves.

I haven’t figured out how yet, but I think I want to add doors to the sides as well to help prevent sawdust from getting in, and I can make them a frame and panel style door, with pegboard in the center so I can hang things from the door.

I’m also debating on boxing in the router completely does this help with the noise level from the router? I don’t need it for dust collection since I already have an under the router dust collection set up. Also if I box it in, I have to make considerations for air flow and heat build up. If I leave enough room for airflow, would that allow noise to travel through as well, basically negating the point of the box in the first place?

Currently all the 1/2’’ MDF panels are just sitting in there snug fit, no glue or anything so I can completely change my mind on anything at this point so I’m always open for suggestions.

I’m also working on a prototype bar stool out of 2×4 stock, it’s cheap and should allow me to design the bar stool and see if my dad likes it before commiting to making them out of cherry. I dimensioned the legs and made the leg template for the design.

I want to smooth out the curve on the leg template before I use a flush trim router bit on the legs, I was going to get a harbor freight oscillating spindle sander, but they wouldn’t let me use their 25% off coupon until sunday. Which personally makes no sense when you offer a 30day money back no questions asked guarantee. I mean really, what prevents me from buying the sander on wednesday (the day I went in), then returning it on sunday and then re-purchasing it with the coupon.

I didn’t do this, and decided to just wait until sunday, if they don’t have one in stock I’ll be a little mad since I took the moral high road instead of trying to screw the company.

I also have my first steam bending mold roughed out, it’s for a tear drop shelf unit that my friend asked if I could replicate. I also want to sand this smooth with the spindle sander so it is sitting and waiting until sunday.

I got the larger 45 chamfer bit in the mail today from amazon, so tomorrow I think I’ll give that a whirl on my veneered box parts this weekend, maybe I’ll get that box finished up who knows what I’ll be in the mood for :)


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