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Project by firefighterontheside posted 02-15-2015 06:42 PM 2376 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t plan it this way, but this is my red, white and blue router table top. I started off with my old Rockler top that was handed down to me by my father in law. He had a woodpecker lift in it I think so the hole for the plate was too big, so I had to fill it in with some wood. I’ve been using it for about 10 years and have worn through the laminate in numerous places, plus the T bolts had worn into the MDF underneath and sometimes didn’t want to stay while I tightened the fence. So I made a new table top using the old fence, miter slot and Rockler plate. It is two pieces of MDF glued and screwed together with an edge of red oak and then a piece of white laminate that was also a freebie. The only money I spent was for the red T tracks that the fence is now attached to. I like it better than the slotted holes that were thru the old top. These are two 12” tracks that cost $4 each from Amazon. The old bolts and knobs fit well with a bit of filing on the bolt heads. I included a picture of the old top. I think then new one is going to serve me much better and longer. Thanks for looking. Feel free to do the same.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.





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missouriwood

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 06:59 PM

Nice job on your router table. I’m sure it will see a lot of use in the future.

-- Eric, Lone Jack, MO

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#2 posted 02-15-2015 07:03 PM

love it Bill! is the hole on the back of the fence still for dust collection?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 07:09 PM

That is a sharp looking router table Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 02-15-2015 07:10 PM

Thanks Eric.
Thanks Beka. I made a little box out of 1/4 ply and drilled a hole in the back that my smaller shop vac hose fits right in. The hose then plugs into a hole in the back of the cabinet. This sealed compartment then has a larger hose going to the actual shop vac. This way I get collection above and below the table.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 02-15-2015 07:25 PM

Great router top, Bill! Looks nice and roomy! Good thinking on the above/below dust collection! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 02-15-2015 09:11 PM

Looks good Bill. All purdy and such.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#7 posted 02-15-2015 09:24 PM

Looks good Bill…..and gotta love the price! I think you will get a lot of mileage out of this one….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 02-15-2015 10:18 PM

Way to go. Bill. Quite a nice RT.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 02-15-2015 10:40 PM

A fine looking table top.
A wonderful combination of colors, bits & pieces!!!
Well done.

Patriotic???
More like a bi-partisan-chip maker!!!

In the VERY distant future, mine will look very similar….
white Corian top….
edge banded in oak….
blue miter slot….
GOLD t-track!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 02-15-2015 10:46 PM

Thanks fellas and lady.
Randy, blue router plate?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 02-15-2015 11:02 PM

Yes, a blue Rockler router plate….
Gifted to me by a really great guy!!! Maybe you know him???

It will also have a (gold) INCRA fence (gifted from another great guy!!!)....
A gray “original” INCRA jig (CL purchase)....
with an INCRA “MIKE” micro-adjuster (gifted from another different great guy)....

I hoping to get to the table build soonly….
I just have a bunch of priority projects to complete first.
That and I have to put my procrastination proficiencies on hold!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 02-16-2015 01:08 AM

Bill, Very professional looking. Is it 2’x4’? You will love the laminate top!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 02-16-2015 01:22 AM

Thanks Andy. 24” x 33”

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 02-16-2015 02:31 AM

Thanks Bill

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 02-17-2015 09:31 PM

Nice clean setup. Total envy here.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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