|Project by TerryH||posted 01-13-2015 02:54 PM||1080 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
The baltic ply top on my router table had some significant water damage and I wanted to add some tracks for a fence. I had some 3/6” ABS scrap that I thought would provide a smooth, flat surface and a way to make my own T slots without spending a lot of money. I routed slots for the fence and a mitre and then cemented ABS strips into the slots leaving T slots that matched the bolt heads I was going to use for the hold downs. I made the nobs from PVC end caps and used a heat gun and C clamps to force the nuts into the caps. I needed to cut the tops off of a few of them for longer bolts. The top is cemented to the Ply and I also screwed it down. I think the screws are overkill. I’ll eventually fill the screw heads with ABS to make them less visible. I haven’t had any issues with material catching since they are counter sunk. once the top was glued down, I used the heat gun (after some trial and error) to fold the top over the sides.
The Fence is all 1/2” HDPE. Since HDPE doesn’t glue/weld easily, I used wood screws to hold it all together. I’m not crazy about the blue color but the local fabrication place that I get the scrap builds fuel and water tanks and always has blue in the scrap bin ($1/lb). The white is adjustable from the back and I can insert a sacrificial zero clearance from more scrap. I still need to make the dust collection plate on the back. I’ll probably use some clear plexi so I can see the bit from the back.
This is my first project- Looking forward to getting some feedback to make it better.