|Project by Naftoli||posted 02-14-2016 01:28 PM||1010 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This project has been long in the making. I finally got around to making my own router table with split fence. In Israel they have the European system where you can’t actually get all the parts like you can in the US/Canada. Its a Bosch 1250 CE router. I called England and even Germany (though my German is non-existent) in an effort to find a ready made table, or an insert plate. But, they don’t have it and they could not guarantee a fit with any US model. So, instead of spending $70+ on guessing and losing a ton of money on shipping and returning I made my own. I started with a 17mm carcass which I put on wheels, mobility being the object here. A friend of mine just happened to be throwing away a piece of 4mm plexi-glass. So I took it and made myself an 8mm thick insert plate. I drilled and countersunk all the holes for the router and then for the table itself. I used epoxy to hold them together. I covered the entire top with 2 layers of 4mm plywood to make it flush with the insert plate. I know it looks like a lot of screws, that’s because there are a lot of screws, but I couldn’t have the thing bowing and such.
The fence: well you can see that the front of the fence is also made from the same plexi-glass, cut into two pieces for it’s a split fence. It’s really smooth, especially after I sanded it down, though only to 150 grit, but it did the job nicely. Then I placed both pieces onto their own slabs of plywood for strength and to give me a way of making the fence movable.
Somebody else was chucking an entire wall unit from their store and the MDF had T-tracks buried into it. I broke the MDF apart, took the T-tracks and…presto the fence had a guide on which to move. Finally, the things that ride in the tracks are simple bolts that I had lying around. I flipped them head-side down, made a few knobs from wood and boom, I have a way of holding the fence in place.
I am yet to use it, but I really wanted to post it here for you guys. Now, I will go and route something, anything! Any tips on how to make it better are appreciated. It’s my first build where I needed such precision. I am pretty confident that it’s fairly square, though I am sure there are places I can improve it.
-- When certain, measure again, just in case!