Router table, lift and fence (Festool) Homemade Blog #3: Router table the finale

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-09-2010 03:43 PM 8677 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Router table the finale
A little tour through my last part on this project.

So here are the place we will end as usual… Yes I am Mr. backwards.

To finish where we ended last, this is the glue up of the vacuum hole.
I made pieces of plywood that could make it tight, so the suction will be optimal.
Did that make any sense?

No this is not a ship drill press… And you are not on drugs!
It’s just tilted to drill the holes for the vacuum hose mount, I wanted it to come in on a angel, so I can focus the suction. (Also I get the chance to make some show of my digital gadgets… Yes I’m a child).

Making the holes so close I don’t have to do any more than that… Lazy me.

Two holes for the mount.

Ready to mount.
Here you can see the air hole has been tightened with plywood.

Just plug in the hose and action!

Here from the front – vacum part ready.

Next part here are just for fun!
I was at Napoleons place, and on the wall was hanging a cromed handle, and he said I coud take it for my router table. So I did.

Then some of this epoxy clay, and a hex bit.

And here we are a beautiful router lift key!
Thank you Napoleon.

Feather boards.
Here are the parts. I had some from a broken crappy router table, but they can be made of wood to.
On this picture you also see I put a pair of threaded inserts on the front (Used the little piece of plywood to avoid tear out).

Here we are! The fancy key, and top feather board.

When impatient, use a hex on the accu.

Two holes in the table also, threading them and viola!
Now I’m the lucky owner of a router table finally.

That’s it!

Hope it could be a inspiration to some, and just a sweet laugh to others

Best thoughts,


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

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 03:53 PM

The chrome key is a great part. Every time you use it you will think of your friend. -Jack

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#2 posted 11-09-2010 04:11 PM

A great blog with an abundant number of learning points. Thanks Mads. I’m sure I will be using some of your ideas shown here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-09-2010 04:15 PM

Hey, Mads, that’s a great router table that you have there.Now, I know what you will be doing the next few days. Just like any other man with a new toy, the little boy in you will simply play and play and play with his new found toy. Have fun, Mads.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 11-09-2010 04:16 PM

Great solutions for those small problems that tend to aggravate us a little every day. Thank you for the step
by step build and I think I will borrow the chrome handle solution for a cure for the missing crank handle on
my free cross slide rest I am still putting back together.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 11-09-2010 04:24 PM

once more time you have forced me to make an appointment with my Doktor
so I can have my Jaw fixed after it hit the concrete floor three times during your blogs
of this ….this ….wonderfull new applience to your toy

well done Mads :-) enjoy

take care

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#6 posted 11-09-2010 05:38 PM

I love the way you pay attention to the little details.Another great tutorial and great tool for your shop. Well done, Mads. Rand

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#7 posted 11-09-2010 06:41 PM

Makes my wood table a very sorry sight. One day, one day, I’ll try to build something like this. Hmmm I wonder if Napoleon has another of those great chrome handles hanging around. ha ha

O.K. Mads…. what’s up? Three blogs on this project and no pipe! Have you quit smoking?

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#8 posted 11-09-2010 06:46 PM

Thanks for putting together these blogs for this project. It incorporates a number of ideas that I may be able to utilize in the future with my sculptural work.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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Jamie Speirs

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#9 posted 11-09-2010 07:48 PM



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 11-14-2010 01:35 PM

Great job Mads

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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