|Project by Geedubs||posted 08-27-2009 10:18 PM||3337 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
This project took awhile AND took on a new dimension while being built. I really wanted a functional router table that I could build myself and would not break the bank. Fortunately, I stumbled on an article in the February/March, 2009 American Woodworker by John English (THANKS JOHN). Included were the schematics, pictures and instructions on building this router table. John’s version is a little different since he used a solid surface top. I decided to go with materials easily available to me and so mine is constructed exclusively of solid poplar and birch plywood. The top is solid poplar and I created it by jointing the edges of the boards and biscuit gluing. The router plate I picked up from Harbor Freight at considerably less that almost identical products elsewhere. A couple of unique features with this table. One is that the fence adjusts on a pivot so that modifying the relative distance to the router bit is accomplished by moving one end backward or forward on the pivot which is located at the other end of the fence. The other feature that really attracted me to this plan is the hinged top. By having a hinged top, I can lift the surface and make router adjustments without having to get down on my hands and knees…and my back and knees really appreciate that. The plans for the table also included shelf space within the cabinet. I modified this slightly and created two trays on each side mounted on drawer slides. This provides handy storage space for my router supplies and belt sanders. Dust collection for routing is accomplished primarily by a mount on the back of the fence to which I connect my 2 1/2” hose.
The surprise modification was the result of an idea that occurred to me while constructing this. It occurred to me that I could probably devise a way to use this basic table as a downdraft table with just a few modifications. So, I created a 4” dust collection hose mount that I could slip into the router plate housing. In the back of the table, I created a 4” mount for my dust collector hose by putting a 90 degree elbow in the back. I then secured a short length of 4” hose to the bottom of the surface hose mount. Now, when I insert the surface hose mount, the bottom of the short length of 4” hose just slips over the 90 degree elbow. I created a top by using scrap materials (birch, fir and peg board). That surface just lays on top of the table surface. I created a seal on the bottom of the top by using standard 1” foam weather stripping (one stick side). So far, seems to work great. Plus, when I am routing, I still connect the 4” hose to the back of the table and that elbow takes in some of the dust that tends to fall below when routing.
I hope this all makes sense. So far, I am really pleased with the results.
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