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Project by patron posted 03-07-2015 01:26 AM 4470 views 9 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

like some here i have been ‘storing’ a bunch of old tools from job sites or gifts
wound up with 12 routers
some i use on jobs the rest collect dust
all are different brands
many have no wrenches or accessories but they all work still

while moving things from the old shop to the new (still unfinished)
i got to thinking why keep storing them
why not put them to use
each as a dedicated for different bits i use often

went to lowes and got 2 shelf melamine 16”x8’
and made 2 tops 4’ long with 3 bays in each one (3/4” particle board)
i used the other to make 3” edge strips
both have a rabbet on one side as does the main table one on both sides
some 5/16” toilet bolts and some washers and wing nuts
(i can’t afford those wowee tracks and knobs)
that slide in the rabbeted slot and lock there
and cut the rest of the strips up for fences with slots both ends
they ride back and forth in the main table slots
and can be tightened down anywhere needed or removed

each of 6 routers has a different bit in it
3 with 1/4” shanks and 3 with 1/2” shanks

took the bases of the routers and cut holes 1” smaller and rabbeted it 1/2”
to receive the base and with 1” machine screws bolted the router back up from under the top

the table complete is 2’ wide by 8’ long which stores up against the wall
and for most things is fine as is

the beauty of the split tables and the fixed wheels
is that either side can be rolled out
to accommodate longer stock if needed
as the fixed wheels all are set on the radius from the hinge pin in the hinges
that connect both tables
each is rolling in its own arc
either table by itself will just roll around in a circle
not wherever swivel wheels might take it
one to the right one to the left

i did lose 1/2” in router height but with most bits it isn’t a problem
for dedicated others i will get a bit extender

so now i can just walk over to whichever one i need
and without changing bits be able to do most things i need quickly

i still have 6 other routers saved the small ones and the plunge ones for site work
or projects to cumbersome to use the table with

i will find dedicated wrenches for each one that don’t have them
and make drawers under for them and any jigs or template parts i might use
plus just more out of the way storage for all those things i am constantly looking for

thanks for looking and hope you might use this maybe if needed
it is a simple way to increase the shop use
without taking up to much room

have a safe one
and enjoy spring

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle





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Gary

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 01:40 AM

Pretty cool, David. Way too ambitious for me

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 01:45 AM

Now you did it…..that is really cool David, and thoughtful…......count me as jealous….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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patron

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 01:46 AM

hi gary

the biggest problem i been having
is most of the base screws are different threads
and the bases are all different thicknesses too
got to keep on track
or it gets bogged down
while i go back to the store
and it’s been cold in there too
but warming now

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 01:46 AM

That is pure genius! Well done, sir!

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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patron

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#5 posted 03-07-2015 01:47 AM

hey there jeff
why just keep clogging up the shop
storing ‘maybe gonna use tools’

put the useful ones to work
however that may be

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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patron

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#6 posted 03-07-2015 01:51 AM

thanks dave

here is the hinge radius deal
each fixed wheel is on the the radius from the hinge center

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Lenny

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#7 posted 03-07-2015 01:53 AM

Route around the clock, hey David? Well, with 6 routers you can route half way around the clock. Wonderful idea you came up with. No question it will prove very useful for you and save you the time of changing out router bits.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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DIYaholic

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#8 posted 03-07-2015 01:56 AM

LOVE IT!!!
The ingenuity of the pivoting tables is nothing short of BRILLIANT!!!

I only wish I had that much room…. & that many routers.
I’m only up to 5 routers…. ;^(

-- 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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patron

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#9 posted 03-07-2015 01:56 AM

thanks lenny

still have 6 more
for the rest of the hours
(and still get some sleep once in a while)
you know how long it take sometimes
to get a bit changed

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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patron

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#10 posted 03-07-2015 02:00 AM

hi son

don’t worry
you still have time to get more

it works for any base you don’t want to move everywhere
i used it first on the scrap ply box i made on the front porch
still working
as they only work in their own direction
they don’t wander all over the place
with the wheels offset or trying to ‘twist around’ first

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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canadianchips

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#11 posted 03-07-2015 02:26 AM

I’m with ya on the “changing bit”.
Last count i had 18 routers. All with a specific bit.

I lean towards the older Dewalts, that way I could leave the base in table and just pop different router in.
Even my small cheap Black & Decker have their jobs to do. A small bead bit,diff. size in each one.
A man can never have too many routers…........lol

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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patron

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#12 posted 03-07-2015 02:32 AM

hi chips

this is the way to route
most of what we do is prety much the same
round over chamfer slot pattern or doors
all i need to do is set them once and use ‘em

lots more time to keep going
while the juices flow

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 03-07-2015 03:05 AM

That’s a cool project idea David. Sorta like my fishing tacklebox, each compartment stores a specific version of the needed tool. I’m impressed with that tabletop you have in the corner of picture #2. Is it in your project pages?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#14 posted 03-07-2015 03:11 AM

I went looking and found the table. Had to dig deep. Forgot that I’ve already seen it. Still it was worth seeing again.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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patron

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#15 posted 03-07-2015 03:16 AM

here is the table darrel
not finished yet
waiting for the shop

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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