Router / Horiztal Mortise Table

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Project by Edward E Nock II posted 1809 days ago 3023 views 19 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is modeld after the MCLS table that I saw at the “Balt. 2008 Woodworkers Show”. On their web site they showed an exploded diagram & a parts list. I said, that’s simple enough. It took me a couple of days to get the dimension worked out for my design. With the parts lists, it was only a matter of locating all of the parts. The Lexan came from Woodcraft, the 16×3/4” threaded rod came from McMasters, the bolts were from Fastenal. I found the table top at local freight salvage yard, it was a desk top 1-3/8” thk. I purchased 2 tops 2’-6’’ x 5’-0’’ for $9.99/ea. The rest was scrap 3/4” plwd. I have used it to make raised panels for doors and candle boxes , & mortising table leggs. Our woodwokers club will be using it during our Shaker Table Workshop in October


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#1 posted 1809 days ago

looks really good … bet it will come in handy

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#2 posted 1809 days ago

Where did the aluminum track come from?Nice job.

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#3 posted 1808 days ago

Ed! Your a master. Nice work it should give you much better results then vertical mounted.

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#4 posted 1808 days ago

Looks like it’ll do a great job.
Thanks for posting this.

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#5 posted 1808 days ago

Very nicely done good details. I bet that well work as well as a multi router

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#6 posted 1808 days ago

looks great…very well done….

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#7 posted 1808 days ago

Nicely done!

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#8 posted 1808 days ago

Very cool! Looks like it will do the job.

Nice work.

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#9 posted 1808 days ago

Great post Ed. I’ve seen this tool is person and it’s a great design.

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#10 posted 1805 days ago

Terrific job, great post!

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#11 posted 1805 days ago

Sweet! Thanks for posting

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#12 posted 1753 days ago

nice job, thanks for posting

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#13 posted 1732 days ago

I saw the MCLS table and thought of buying it for my router table, but then got lazy and just got the Bosch box table that works fine for my need. But, I am signed up for the Shaker table project this fall and really look forward to trying your horizontal machine.

As an aside… these guys to a great job of setting up workshops where you actually make something… planes, sanding blocks, scrapers, and next Shaker Table. Excellent learning opportunities…

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#14 posted 1721 days ago

Hey Ed, Now that you have had this baby for a little while have you thought of any design changes you might do differently? I would not mind if you sent me the design and parts list ;=)

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#15 posted 1721 days ago

I’d love to see this working I bough a bandsaw from a company and they had some bits and pieces which they sold me I have an overhead devise which is professionaly made I could perhaps follow your design slightly could you show us it working perhaps.Alistair

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