Router table project completed!
I spent a good deal of time yesterday evening adding and setting up my router table.
Here’s what I added:
Here’s where I put it:
— Delta Contractor’s saw (1990)
Here’s what I did:
1. Using a scotch brite pads, steel wool, very fine grit sandpaper and a Boeshield kit , I treated and cleaned up the surface of the saw. Although it’s barely been used (I know this because I built it with my uncle in 1991, and it’s been in my family ever since) the saw’s surface had some rust, stains, imperfections and a few pitted areas. I spent about 90 minutes working the surface until it was largely clean, smooth and the rust was gone. Rust was the biggest concern, since I was attaching two metal surfaces. I used WD40 and T9 to treat the sides and bolt holes. It worked pretty well.
2. Using 2×4s and a Husky X-Sawhorse, I balanced the extension table and lined up the bolts. This was nice because the table weighs about 50 pounds, and in most cases it suggests using a friend. No one was home, but I was able to do it myself. Once in, the bolts went smoothly, aside from one flaw…
TAKE NOTE: Make sure the tall end of the heavy duty washers points down! It wasn’t specified in the directions, but when they were up, it caused alignment problems — as well as disassembly, reassembly and requisite curse words.
3. Once that was done, it looked good. I spent a few minutes aligning it flush with the table top, which was a lot easier than I expected. This is a fairly crucial step, I feel, so I wanted to make sure it was flush as possible.
4. I dropped in the Rockler Router Lift Fx and it fit nicely. I adjusted the depth using the 10 Bench Dog leveling screws. It was a little cumbersome but soon it, too, was flush.
5. I threw together the fence, and it was all finished. I am looking forward to trying it out.
I think my next steps are to add hookups for a dust collection system and then a Delta T2 fence. I just don’t trust the tube style fences that are on there now, and I think it would help ease some of my fears of kickback.
Eventually I also want to add a downdraft table as an extension on the other side, as well as some shelving. But those are projects for another day.