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Shop Projects #2: A Router Table??

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 08-19-2010 09:27 PM 988 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, not really, but I have the capability now…
I’ve been wanting to make a sort of Router Table ever since Bob Kollman sent me a care package of Plastics…
No matter what idea I finally decide upon, all of my thought’s unifying theme is using the plastic as the top…
So I took a couple hours this morning to finally make the top or work surface…
I marked the locations of the screws with the 1/4” scuff plate that was on the Router and simply made an extended scuff plate. Then I cut another 1/2” sheet of plastic to beef it up…
I just had to clamp it up, and test it out… It’ll work perfectly as is, for now…
Thanks, again Mr. K!! :)Router Table CapabilityNew "Router Table" showing Steel Saw HorsesNew "Router Table"End View

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.



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patron

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 09:35 PM

well done there michael ,

if you bolt one end of that fence
you only need to slide and clamp the other
much easier .
if you have a miter slot
you will want a parallel fence ,
or bits with bearings .

good start place ,
let’s see where this grows up to be .

now we can have a new box every week , LOL !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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ellen35

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 09:36 PM

That is a very nice top, Mike. Looks solid and slippery!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Cozmo35

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 09:38 PM

KEWEL Set-up!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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mafe

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 09:45 PM

Wonderful Mike,
Put some wood on the fence, so you don’t make marks on the wood you run through, and risk to destroy a expensive bit…
I think also I have to make my routertable soon, I have all the parts ready, but so many little projects that keep me away…
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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degoose

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 09:46 PM

Another must have set up… the router table gets a lot of use in my shop…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 10:52 PM

looks great, I was using something similar for a while before I built my router table (which is not complete, and probably won’t be – since it’s functional as is, I find it hard to invest time working on it anymore). as long as you keep the plastic top flat, and it’s a smooth sort of plastic, it will work wonders!

good advice from David about bolting one side of the fence to make it easier on you, and the one from Mafe about adding wood for the fence :)

a router table really opens up so many possibilities.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 11:21 PM

Nice table, Michael. If you do want Mads said about putting wood on the fence, make it two pieces with slots for the screws holding it so you can open and close them up by the bit in case you want the bit to be partially behind the fence. With the bar of steel there, I’d make them thick pieces of wood so you have some distance from the steel.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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fernandoindia

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#8 posted 08-20-2010 12:33 AM

Have to have a RT. Mine looks pretty much as yours and I use a lot (But made of MDF, now I see hoy´ve got an acrylite!).

-- Back home. Fernando

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lew

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#9 posted 08-20-2010 02:06 AM

Great use of materials and a super neat idea, Mike!!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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littlecope

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#10 posted 08-20-2010 03:43 AM

Thanks, Everybody… A Wooden, Sacrificial Fence was already in the plan… I just had to try it on a scrap to see how it works first, you know? :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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patron

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#11 posted 08-20-2010 04:03 AM

you are wrong !

we don’t know , LOL .

what kind of wood ,
what finish ,
sanded to what grit ,

will it have wooden hinges ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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littlecope

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#12 posted 08-20-2010 04:08 AM

You’ll know, when I do… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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nmkidd

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#13 posted 08-20-2010 06:47 AM

great start Mike….something I am in dire need of….a decent router table…...looking forward to seeing how you develop this starter table…....may have to plagiarize your end result….........enjoy

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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Bob Kollman

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#14 posted 08-20-2010 10:18 AM

Mike,

Looks good, glad to see you found a use for it. You keep adding tools and fixtures

your gonna need to get a bigger apartment!!!! :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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BritBoxmaker

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#15 posted 08-20-2010 02:58 PM

Good work, Mike. Like to see someone taking things at their own pace. Let it grow organically. You can always use the best of available ideas that way.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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