MDF router table

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Project by kenthemadcarpenter posted 10-04-2015 11:59 AM 1519 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I have an up coming project where i was either going to have to buy or build a new router table that could handle what i am going to throw at it, the other thing is my current table fence sucked, it was a pain to adjust. I had quite a bit of mdf left over from a previous project, and honestly i hate using Mdf other than for bench tops. So I cannibalized a small work bench i had previously built. (i will have to build a new one later) then i cannibalized my old router table, took the plate and the safety stop switch. my table dimension is 49” x 21”, the table was pretty straight forward, center my plate, trace it, measure in a half an in inch, use my jig saw cut out the center, then use my plunge router with 3/4 straight bit to shave out just enough to set the plate in flush with my table. the easiest way to do this, was set the router on of the plate and set the plunge stop and back of just a hair, (rather have it set a little higher than too deep) then i built the fence, Here i used my Kreg R-3 Pocket hole jig, one thing i noticed when using pocket holes especially when working with Mdf. Is the Mdf will pull more to the side where the pocket hole’s are placed, to compensate for this i staggered the pocket holes. this helps greatly in keeping it square, I also used glue and clamps on each support, for two reasons. give it extra strength, and two if you don’t use clamps when using the pocket hole screws, it will lift out as you are screwing them in, and because it is Mdf if you put too much force on it when screwing you can damage it,. now the table isn’t totally finished , I still need to sand down the wood filler where i attached the table to the frame, and by the plate where i slipped and made the opening for the plate, then make the notch for the router bits, and make an insert for the router plate, oh and secure the fence so it can slide and be tightened down

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#1 posted 10-04-2015 01:09 PM

Looks nice and sturdy. I have to redo mine as well.


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