shop progress #3: rude and crude router table

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Blog entry by James Alberding posted 07-03-2012 07:19 AM 7708 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally have an upside down router! I tested it out and it works perfectly, for what I need anyway.

I built the table frame to fit the piece of laminated 1 1/4” material that I grabbed from a pile of scrap wood by my work. Along with the rest of the wood I used for this. So its not pretty by any stretch.

it took some creativity to get the router mounted under the table. I used a scrap price of 1/2” plexi glass I scored from work to mount the router base to. so I cut a hole to fit the whole router. then I routed out for the plexi glass cut to size so it sits flush with the table top, then fastened the plexi to the laminae.

To make it easy to access the router for adjustments, bit changes and removal for hand held use I pur hinges on the laminate and a board on the front to wedge a piece of scrap to prop the table up.

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The only bad thing is that my drill it pretty much burnt out.

Tomorrow I’m going to try and bribe the machinist at work, to make me an insert to slip the trigger handle on and off of the front 2×4. Beer is the best currency, better than gold if you ask me. I mean really, when the zombie apocalypse comes money won’t mean S! But booze will be king! And bullets. But I won’t want to be sober haha

Thanks for reading,


-- measure once, cut twice...

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#1 posted 07-03-2012 07:34 PM

Hey, not everything we make has look like a work of art. Sometimes it just has to work. That, my friend will work. Good job.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 02:16 PM

Not worse looking than my own router “table” :) As long as it gets the job done!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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