|Project by Mork||posted 12-01-2015 03:59 AM||2280 views||1 time favorited||25 comments|
This is my final router table!
I found some industrial surplus! A 24” square table with a 1/2” steel plate top plus a handful of linear slides that ride on 16” x 3/4” steel bars. Junk for some and pure gold to me!
The main complaints I’ve had with past router tables is, difficulty bit access, small table size, no miter slot and noise. This new design address all of these areas. First step… a clamp to hold the router. Yep another surplus item, a 6” x 6”x 1” chunk of solid steel did the trick! I cut a hole in the 1-inch steel with my 1942 Logan metal lathe (Newly restored toy for me). I was going to make a clamp out of it but ended up using three 3/8” bolts like set screws with brass slugs in the hole to secure the router. It’s a Porter cable router with little nubs to act like threads in the stock router base but I ground them off. This router is dedicated to the new table :o) Seems like a very solid mount! The top is made of 2 layers of Advantec. I’ve never messed with this stuff before but it seems to be very dense, smooth and solid, especially after 3 coats of poly. The lift mechanism has a 12 TPI 1/2” all thread but I have a chain driving it with unequal sprockets that make one turn on the adjustment 1/16” inch. The first few pictures show a sliding fence that is tucked under the table. It flips up when needed and takes the place of a miter gauge. It has about 16” travel but that is more than enough. Any board wider than this can easily utilize the back fence. This feature work amazingly well! It’s incredibly smooth and seems to float on the table top. Of course the only part that touches the table is the teflon slide toward the end of the sliding fence.
I also tried an experiment here. The back fence is a massive chunk of white oak (harvested a few years ago from a neighbors tree) and i cut T-slots in the front of it. In other words, this allows me to change the front surface if the fence and I can also change the thickness. So I can make a slight offset now and use the table as a jointer. It worked WAY better than I anticipated although for long boards some hold down rollers would be good.
The pictures show the rest better than I can describe. I wish Lumber jocks would let me upload about 15 pictures!
Oh well… I can insert them later in the comments… feel free to ask questions.