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Project by BusterB posted 10-17-2014 03:20 PM 1903 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a fold away router table that I usually leave set up on one of my work tables where it takes up space until I need to use it. Then I have to dig it out from under all the stuff I have piled on it. It was a real pain so I usually didn’t use it unless I just had to. In an effort to make it more user friendly and to save bench space, I decided to mount it on the flip top cart. Well, those of you who know me, know that I don’t know when to leave stuff well enough alone. I got to thinking it would be nice if I could flip the router table back to access the router easier. So a couple of 2×4 pieces, 2 hinges and 2 barrel bolt slide locks…this is what i came up with. If it looks like its gonna work out, I plan on getting some bigger hinges but these worked OK for the moment. Hoping this will encourage me to use the router table more.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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hoss12992

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#1 posted 10-17-2014 04:04 PM

Looks good buddy. Good use of space. I LOVE working with a router table. Sure seems to open up alot of possibilities in various projects, and makes life easier as well

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 10-17-2014 05:01 PM

A great, simple solution to simplifying not only a space problem but also a convenience problem. Thanks for sharing Buster. Oh, one more question, where do you stack all the stuff that used to be on your router table? :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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whitebeast88

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#3 posted 10-17-2014 11:05 PM

great idea buster.looks like you did a nice job.always good to free up some space on the bench,that way you can pile more stuff there if your like me:)

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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BusterB

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#4 posted 10-17-2014 11:25 PM

Hoss- Thank you sir. I actually used it to round over the edges on some handles I was working on…had forgotten how handy it could be.

L2L- Thanks Lee. So far I have been stacking stuff where the router table used to sit..lol thinking that if I leave the router table in the “up” position… I may have doubled my stuff piling space.

Marty- Thank you my friend. I don’t buy that for a second, I bet your wife goes out and organizes your shop after she finishes the dishes…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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CFrye

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#5 posted 10-18-2014 07:53 AM

Love making tools more user friendly and shop organizing projects! Router is one of those tools I am not all that comfortable with. Thanks for sharing, Buster!

-- God bless, Candy

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 10-18-2014 05:12 PM

Hopefully you will get more use out of the router now. I know what it’s like when you have to dig out a tool to use it, you try to get around it by doing it differently.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 10-18-2014 10:56 PM

Neat idea, Buster! 2 for 1 in the same space!

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

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BusterB

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#8 posted 10-18-2014 11:13 PM

Candy- Thank you. If you don’t have one, get a palm router. Its a much more manageable size and can handle most jobs you can throw at it. Saw where the HF version “drill master” maybe, had tested out as a “best value” in one of the woodworking mags. With the coupon, its around 30 bucks. Not a bad way to try one to see If you are more comfortable using it.

Dave- Thank you buddy. One of these days I will overcome my emotional attachment to wood scraps and will get a burn bucket to toss em in instead of sitting them aside thinking I will eventually find a use for them…lol

Jim- Thank you sir. I had 2 planers mounted on the cart with one of them being my old HF that I can’t seem to keep running. So basically one side of the cart was wasted space. This seems to be a better use of that space. We shall see.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Todd Barrone

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#9 posted 10-19-2014 05:50 PM

Very cool my friend, you might have to come help me make some cool things like that.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneFarm

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bluekingfisher

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#10 posted 10-24-2014 08:45 AM

Bubba – looks like you too are at the router table storage planning stage? It’s always nice to have things stored away but ready for use in a moment.

Have you found the use of barrel bolts enough to keep it stable while routing?

Either way, a good use of space.

Hope all is well mate.

D

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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