|Project by Justus||posted 11-27-2008 09:53 PM||2912 views||6 times favorited||10 comments|
One of the projects that are a MUST for any LumberJock in the short or long run is a router table. A nice one, to be proud of. Just look around at LumberJocks. There are so many of them. But then, there may be a point in life where you just need one – and don’t have the time or money for a beauty.
I just needed one for my next project and came up with this design.
Take one of those cheapo wannabe workmates – if you spend more than 20 € you got robbed – , put your router on top, take a pen and draw around the base plate – it is advisable to open the jaws about 2 cm beforehand. The jigsaw will make quick work of the mdf top – some sanding, clamp in your router and the router table is almost ready.
For the micro-adjustable fence screw a batten to one of the benchdogs you got with the workmate and drill a a hole for a long screw or threaded rod into a second one – see picture two. I have not yet been in need to make a clearance hole in the fence, so far the table has mainly seen flush trimming.
Another five bucks are needed for a web clamp to act as the router lift. Wrap it around the router, and pull it tight untill you have the bit somewhere close to where you want it. Close that lever on your router that locks it in position, remove the strap and finetune the height with the inbuild finetuning.
The nicest thing about this construction is, that the workmate still works for what I usually use them – as something like a sawhorse. I would not want to consider them workbenches (though I had to, prior to my building a real one).
And yes, the router table is a bit low. You can’t get everything for 30 € / 30 min.