|Project by PaulfromVictor||posted 08-07-2009 03:32 AM||12796 views||26 times favorited||22 comments|
I never imagined how much I would appreciate a horizontal router table. This table is essentially a poor man’s multi-router. The fixed base of the router is attached to the blue half inch phenolic board. The router motor is inserted from the back side. There is a crank on the top to raise and lower the router. The router bit (not in photo) protrudes from the hole in the blue phenolic. There are two trays that control the movement of the work piece. The bottom tray moves the whole mechanism toward/away from the router bit acting as a plunge, and the top tray slides back and forth on top of that. On top of the top tray you see a board with a toggle clamp attached. This holds the wood in place. Sometimes it is neccessary to customize a new clamp piece depending on what is being worked. Once you have 2-3 made, they will handle almost everything.
I use this to rout all of my mortises. You can set stops on each tray to limit travel and plunge. Once the stops are set, cuts are easily repeatable. The fingerboard you see is not being used as a fingerboard. The reverse end is being use as a stop for the the bottom tray.
This also makes the tenon end of sliding dovetails quite easily. First you need to cut your mortise side however you would usually do it. Then, you can use the piece you cut to set the depth on the router bit in the horizontal table. Just hold the piece over the router bit and set the depth by adjusting how far it protrudes through the hole. Once you do this you can cut the tenon end by making gradual cuts to sneak up on your exact fit. It is neccessary to flip the workpiece after each pass to cut evenly on each side.