|Project by DannyBoy||posted 01-03-2009 12:51 AM||8658 views||9 times favorited||6 comments|
I’m thinking up “upgrading” to a better router table setup. Currently, I have a Craftsman router table that I got as a gift. It does an alright job for smaller projects. However, I really want to go up a notch on my abilities with the table.
I looked at several options including a rolling fold away table. That idea spawned a thought of adding the fold down top to my workbench. After pondering that for a while, I decided it wasn’t worth the effort of constructing legs that would fold under it. I just figured it would be more in the way than not.
Then, I thought that I may try and do it as a part of the table itself. There are tons of advantages to this for me, space and storage being the biggest. So, I dusted off the ol’ Sketch-Up and drafted this basic design.
The bench I have and is made of white wood from HD. Mostly laminated 2×4s and 2×6s. Don’t be fooled, it is heavy as hell. To make sure that the top of the router table is absolutely flat and smooth, I would cut down that part of the table and put in either hardboard or splurge for some oak ply. Then, cut the whole out in the center and rabbit out an edge for the insert (to which I could either put the router or a blank for a smooth surface).
For fences and hold downs, I’d run two pieces of T-Track about 6 inches beyond the insert. Then build a dust box underneath with a whole cut int he bottom to put some piping to connect to my dust collection system (a bagged shop-vac with a clogged filter).
I’m curious if anyone else has this or a similar set up for their shop.
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