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Project by TheGman posted 11-13-2015 03:58 PM 3341 views 26 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I lucked into a new Bench Dog router Lift, PC 7518 Router, and the Incra fence on Craigslist for a song and decided to build the table around the an Incra stand.

The top is some scrap laminate counter top I sourced from a local cabinet shop. I laminated a 3/4” sheet of ply to it for an 1.5” thick top. Sides are birch ply and all hardwood is poplar. Finished with BLO and blonde shellac.

Most router tables I see online have the dust port tangent with the bottom of the router box. Here, I shifted the dust point down 3/4” from the bottom of the router box. This give more area for dust to go. The vent slots in the front are ~1/4” up from the face frame. The idea is that the slot would create laminar flow across the bottom of the box. It works very well. After waxing the inside of the box, the only sawdust build up I get is up against the door between the box bottom and the vent slot.

Here are some more images:
Cord Hook:

Dust Port Fixture:





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 04:49 PM

Clean!

I have a similar setup (the Incra fence and a Woodpeckers lift) The one accessory I wish I had (and probably will get) is a remote lift crank for the router. The Incra fence has a nasty habit of getting in the way of the lift crank hole….

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 06:14 PM

Very sharp looking! Nice job.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 08:07 PM

Very nice – looks like a piece of furniture! I like how you painted the mobile base to match. I have maroon (Texas A&M alum) “highlights” along the edges of many of my shop tools and cabinets.

Nice engineering of the dust collection, and I do believe I’ll steal your ideas for my router cabinet. :) I recently bought the Woodpeckers sidewinder lift with the remote crank for router height. Trying to decide whether to make a dedicated cabinet, or save space and just mount the router in my table saw right side extension.

Couple Questions:
1. Would you suggest I put an intake vent slot (or a few small holes) flush with the bottom to prevent that one area of buildup you experience?
2. Do you have an idea if most of the dust is collected via the fence port, or in the cabinet? I’ve always thought the fence would pickup most of the dust since it’s right at the bit where the dust is created, but I don’t know if that’s true?

Thanks for the post and any insights. Steve

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 08:39 PM

Definitely furniture quality. Well designed and well built.

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#5 posted 11-13-2015 10:01 PM


1. Would you suggest I put an intake vent slot (or a few small holes) flush with the bottom to prevent that one area of buildup you experience?

I think that would get rid of that buildup, but it is so small that I wouldn’t worry about fusing over the design/build to make sure everything is flush.

2. Do you have an idea if most of the dust is collected via the fence port, or in the cabinet? I ve always thought the fence would pickup most of the dust since it s right at the bit where the dust is created, but I don t know if that s true?

In general, I would agree with you but I think it all depends on the type of cut you are doing and how the bit ejects the chips. If you are cutting a slot through a board or using a down spiral bit I expect the cabinet to do most of the collection, any edge work would result in the fence doing most of the collection. With that being said, if you cut dovetails on box joints vertically like as done with the Incra system, I doubt either collects much of the dust/chips as the chips are actually being ejected parallel to the fence.

Some more general opinions:
1) A lot of resources online say that the vent area should be equal to the area of the dust port. I disagree with this. I would argue that the vent should be smaller. Yes it is true that having a smaller vent area could result to lower CFM, but it also results in higher air velocity (or dynamic pressure) in the cabinet. I would have to go back and look, but I think my vent has a little over 1/2 the area of the dust port. Secondly from an esthetics perspective, a 4” dust port would require 16 1” diameter holes for a vent to have equal areas. With that many holes I might as well velcro cheese cloth on the front instead of use a door!

2) I like the idea of a slot(s) vs many holes. I doubt it matters much for this type of application, but a slot will produce less turbulent air, resulting in better air flow through the cabinet. Plus slots are just as easy to make, look better (in my opinion), and require less face area to get the same vent area. Additionally I suspect if you did holes flush with the bottom of the cabinet you would get dust build up in the areas between the holes.

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#6 posted 11-13-2015 10:03 PM



Definitely furniture quality. Well designed and well built.

- Knothead62


Thank you so much. After finishing the build I told my wife that I was thinking about moving the router table into the house and using it as sofa table since it looked so nice. Apparently my wife has higher standards for what is “furniture” than you or me!

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#7 posted 11-13-2015 10:56 PM

TheGman,

Thanks, very nice and good advice. Thanks for the e-mail notification. My Incra table still has only 1/2” birch ply on each end and all the pieces piled on the floor underneath. Soon I plan to build in the drawers like yours and post the result. Until then, I’m learning to make box and dovetail joints using the Incra system…

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#8 posted 11-13-2015 11:53 PM

Thanks GMan, appreciate the advice. btw, what does the G in GMan represent?

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#9 posted 11-14-2015 12:04 AM



Thanks GMan, appreciate the advice. btw, what does the G in GMan represent?

My last name starts with a G and The G-Man is a character from one of my favorite video games called Half-Life.

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#10 posted 11-14-2015 12:20 AM

Well Done.

You’re gonna love the Incra table…....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 11-14-2015 02:16 PM

It’s always nice to meet at the intersection of Aesthetics and Function. Nicely executed. Great attention to detail, both in appearance and practical application.

I agree on the issue of venting for the cabinet, not only for the reasons you state, but for balance in the draw between the cabinet and the fence. If the 4” port in the cabinet is allowed to draw air without some resistance, I’ve always felt that there would be insufficient draw on the 2.5” port at the fence. Perhaps my physics if flawed. It’s an assumption based on common sense, not science.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#12 posted 11-14-2015 04:31 PM

Well done. I need to invest time and money into one, too. Added to favorites.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#13 posted 11-14-2015 05:44 PM

It looks to good to be true. I’m jealous a lot.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 11-17-2015 06:32 PM

Sweet set up…...

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 11-17-2015 06:38 PM

that is one sweet set up!!!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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