|Project by Gianni||posted 11-04-2014 02:39 AM||2307 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
For Christmas my sister asked if I could do a small table for my niece’s playroom. Shouldn’t be too hard, I thought, but there’s one thing standing in the way… I hate (hate hate hate) cutting mortises, mostly because I suck at it and have ruined a handful of otherwise good projects trying it in the past.
Enter a search of the interwebz for a solution to this deficiency. I had seen before the Matthias Wandel machine, but the build looked pretty complex. I found a blurb on finewoodworking for a moving base horizontal router that used t-track, and combined the idea of drawer slides from Matthias’ machine to come up with this.
I was a bit worried about rigidity of the router while moving the table and workpiece, so you can see I may have overdone the bracing a bit, but it’s good and solid. I would have few concerns using this to support a car while working underneath. Test cuts turned out really well and I could cut friction-fit tenons in just a few minutes on the table saw. Overall, I’m really happy with the results, ‘cept it’s a little large; the shortest drawer tracks at HD were 14”.
The top box, in addition to giving me some height for the router handles, gives me a sacrificial top that I can just screw the clamp base to. I don’t expect to move it often, but won’t worry if it has a few extra holes in it. The back of the box away from the router is left open in case I want to reach in and tighten bolts or clamps on a larger piece.
Now for that table….
<edit> sorry about the messy workbench, need to spend a few days cleaning the garage.