My first router table

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Project by RKW posted 12-17-2008 09:08 PM 2470 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first router table and one of my first projects. I plan to put doors on the cabinet, but i plan to use the router table to build them. The router i chose is a 2 1/2 horse variable speed freud. That particular router is wrapped and under the christmas tree. Once my wife lets me open it i intend to devote that router to the table. Since i am new to lumberjocks, and just started this hobbie, i am open to any kind of advise on any topic. Advice on choosing router bits would be a good start.

-- RKWoods

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#1 posted 12-17-2008 10:07 PM

Fantastic looking table!! I really like the safety off switch.

CMT, Freud, Whiteside have always worked well for me. Instead of buying a “packaged set”. Start off with some essential bits for the type of wood working you plan to do. Round over, straight cutting and maybe a flush trim bit to start. THen buy the ones you need – as you need them.

Just my $.02

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-17-2008 11:08 PM

Woodcraft has had a sale going on some of their whiteside bits for $5 a bit. My son has bought all 10 or 12 that they had on sale. I also like to go with the 1/2 inch shank on most bits, just are beefier, less vibration. You might want to consider adding bit storage to your table. Make a slide out shelf that you drill 1/4 and 1/2 holes in it to hold the bits. You are off to a good start, keep up the good work.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#3 posted 12-18-2008 12:51 AM

Ditto what Lew and Vet said. I have a small set of sharpeners also. Medium, fine and extra fine. Clean the bits regularly and hone on the flat edge to keep them sharp.

-- Rick

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#4 posted 12-18-2008 08:41 AM

Nice looking cabinet, you’ll love having a solid router table. You mentioned putting a door on. Personally, I would not put a door on the router compartment unless there is dust colletion to keep air moving around the router and pulling the dust away. The box will fill up fast and you sure don’t want to burn up that nice new router or worse the entire shop.
As for bits, I agree with PetVet. 1/2 inch shanks are my favorite, same reasons. I’ve had good luck with Woodline bits. Have a few straight bits and a door kit. So far so good.
Good luck and welcome to LJ
Merry Christmas

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 12-18-2008 08:06 PM

Nice job!

I agree with others here – how about some bit storage?

I disagree with others here – buy a cheap combo set of bits, decide which ones are being used most (easy – they are the ones that wear out first!) and then replace those with better bits. Why? because you can’t decide which ones will be useful unless you have them! I bought a cheap set of Ryobis about 1 year ago. Many times over the last year a solution to a particular woodworking problem came from examining the bits I had. Example: the “keyhole” cutter included in this set, which I thought I would never use, made a perfect hanging slot for a wall plaque that I made. I am not sure I would have known to go looking to buy this if I didn’t have it.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#6 posted 12-18-2008 08:41 PM

Great looking router bench. A must have for any serious carpenter. You’ll get plenty of use out of it. Nice.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 09-15-2009 03:43 AM

Nice router table, I like the rockler table a lot. That is also a really nice present that was under the tree. I don’t have the space to make a stand so I just clamp it onto the wings of my table saw, it seems to be a good temporary solution. I have big dreams for my shop should that day come. Oh yeah BIG DREAMS.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#8 posted 09-15-2009 03:50 AM

Looking good

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#9 posted 09-15-2009 04:04 AM

I agree and disagree with others. However I am a shop teacher and just want it all! lol. I personally know the owners of Woodline. They have been very good to us at our school. I was even buying woodline before I realized it and was just shopping for bits at the annual woodworking show. That is where I agree, go Woodline. Where i disagree is buy a set. Woodline has everything from $29-$269. At $5-20 per bit for the average, it is a better investment to purchase a set. Definitely go 1/2” collet if you have the router and it sounds like you do. The most expensive set has 3 different sizes of each bit, maybe a bit much for the beginner, but for the above average to serious woodworker, not a bad investment. We bought our first $269 set 3 years ago and it is still going strong in a school shop. It took me 5 years of part time on the side / summer work (including 4 complete kitchens) to wear out their raised panel stile and rail cutter set. That is also a good choice for bits. Woodline also has setup blocks to make changing bits easier. I use 2 different router tables and a shaper to make my doors. However that takes more $$, more routers, and more space, but man I am fast at making doors. Good luck and before you know it you will be building another one to keep from having to change bits so often.

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