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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 1883 days ago 4481 views 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I got a new router and built my first router table. All was well until I made some rails for a cabinet. I had made a braced mdf top. The weight of the router caused a negligible sag in the center of the table. Negligible to the eye, but noticeable when I tried to put a piece of wood through it. The rout of course wasn’t even. If I pressed the center of the wood when it went through it was okay but this was very unacceptable. Back to the drawing board. You can see in a couple of the pictures my old top standing up in the background.

I decided to joint up a bunch of fir sections and laminate them together. I did this in two sections so that I could still put it through the 12 1/2” planer in two pieces. I then glued the two sections together and hand planed any irregularities.

I must say, this setup works great. I used up some of my t-rail for the fence (which I used from the previous setup) and made a ‘roller-featherboard’ ?? I don’t know what else to call it. I saw it on a link to a link on an old LJ’s forum topic. It really holds a piece of work to the fence but still lets it roll through.

As you can see I have a flip up top to gain access to the router for adjusting and changing bits. and I have a plug inside connected to an outside switch. The inside plug lets me unplug the router when I change to another bit.

I found out that 95% of the chips when routing ended up in the table. So, I’ve added dust collection to the hollow table area and will eventually branch it up to the fence too. The table is on kick-out wheels, mounted to a hinged board. I flip the board with my foot and the wheels flip up inside the bottom of the table. Simple, efficient, but it takes a second to flip them with my foot as I tilt the table.
So, this is take #2 of my ‘make tools right the first time or do it again”. I think this one will stick.

Thanks for viewing, Daniel

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.





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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1883 days ago

impressive! looks slick :)

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patron

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#2 posted 1883 days ago

realy nice ,
still have to do something like this myself ,
i’ll be sure to put some of your ideas
in mine .
the roller is a good idea .

-- 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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Woodwrecker

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#3 posted 1883 days ago

I wish my router table was that nice!
You’ll sure get a lot of use out of that!

-- Having fun...Eric

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James

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#4 posted 1883 days ago

Very well designed this time around, I think i like the roller better than a featherboard. Great job on this

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#5 posted 1883 days ago

Hey Daniel
cool router table I like the roller too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1883 days ago

The roller definitely looks better than the feather board.. although the anti kickback feature of the feather board can also be useful.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Craftsman on the lake

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#7 posted 1883 days ago

I agree degoose. I thought of maybe putting a small spring clip ahead of the roller that the wood would push through. Sort of like one stiff feather of a featherboard but made of thin spring steel. The kickback on a router table isn’t quite like a table saw and you’re not behind the wood but it is there and I have experienced it. Not fun at all.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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JoeC61

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#8 posted 1883 days ago

Nice job! Looks nice and functional!

-- Joe-Carver, MN

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#9 posted 1882 days ago

Good job . Thanks to the router gods for T-Track ! LOL

-- POPSHOP ,

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niki

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#10 posted 1877 days ago

Hi Daniel

Very nice router table

I also use the “Feeder Roller” on the table saw and the router table but without the “Pivot lock” as you do…
My pivot is “changeable” in distance to fit the various widths of the boards and not to cross the “blade line” that can lead to an accident…

I have somewhere the “how to” for the “feeder roller” but couldn’t find it or maybe….I didn’t post it here…

Regards
niki

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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 1876 days ago

Yes niki.

I just used the roller for the first time on my router table rabitting some long pieces of oak stock. It held the outfeed end nicely and left my other and and attention to safety and on what I was doing.

I want to make one like your’s too for my table saw. I have no featherboards. Do you hold the pivot against the board by hand? Yours doesn’t lock down right? Seems to me that I’d rather hold a pivot. Right now I use a piece of board on the side to hold things against the fence as I push.

I like your high push block too. Mine is similar but the handle is about half as high. I’m going to redo it. I’d love tot have a sawstop but that’s not going to happen, so for now I like to get as far away from the blade as I can and still get an accurate cut.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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niki

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#12 posted 1876 days ago

Hi Daniel

For you and everybody else that likes to see….

As you can see, I’m using a dowel that fits to the miter slot (my miter slot is only 3/8” wide) and shift the dowel in the holes for different width of boards (from experience, two or three positions are enough)...also, I marked a line (red) with the blade at full high position and never cross this line even if the blade is lower (which on the router table it’s not important).

When I use it on the router table, I pull out the dowel and use it free-hand but, if you have already T-Track…..better…

Regards
niki

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#13 posted 1876 days ago

Thanks, It’s made very similar to mine

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#14 posted 1774 days ago

Very nice table , Dan ! Did you get any snow on the Lake yet ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#15 posted 1773 days ago

Ha Dusty,

Are you like all those other people south of us who confuse Maine with Alaska? The leaves have turned but not all fallen yet and the temperature was in the 60’s today. (10/21/09) We’ve weeks left till any snow flies and the lake won’t freeze over until around January.

thanks for the table comment. It’s a few months old now and working as good as I expected.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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