|Project by Jim Bertelson||posted 07-04-2016 07:57 PM||2654 views||9 times favorited||16 comments|
OK, this better be the last router table variation for a while.
Rationale for Project
I found that my last modification of a rather inadequate router table had issues. Mostly related to the size of the table, excursion of the fence, and poor clamping facilities. I made it in 2010, 6 years ago, just as I was getting into woodworking more seriously as a hobby. It did function, but I began to find its limits. So recently, I got busy and made another router table. Again, a modification of a purchased item, in this case a Bosch table, but it is markedly better than the previous one, I was able to save time by purchasing the table top and fence pre-made and drilled. I added a couple of items to it over time to solve minor issues.
My shop, is somewhat cramped. I could not put the router in the saw extension area, because the access in my shop was inadequate for that space. I needed something mobile, and it needed to serve another function when not in use, not just take up space. The new one serves as an extension for the radial arm saw table for long material. To make it efficient, I made a base with drawers to store all the router equipment.
The dedicated router for the table is a Bosch 1617EVSPK.
I had used it in my previous table as well. It allows height access from the top, and I liked that feature. I made my old one a dedicated router for the table, and bought another one to serve as a plunge router. My reasons for sticking with this router are many, but suffice to say it is the right size, has above table access, and I had accumulated practically every accessary sold for this router……….and that means I don’t even know what some of them are named, let alone understand what they do……….(-:
As you can see from the pictures, this table has rather complete access to the underside of the table. In fact, the table top will open a full 90 degrees and stay there on its own, even with the router in place. The partial opening supported by a rod is more convenient, though, especially if the lamp is on the fence mount, and the fence is connected for dust collection. The front opens a full 90 degrees as well, and is supported by the oversized mobile base.
The underside of the table has been leveled with wood inserts around the edge to allow a good clamping surface.
The fence can be detached from the table, just by removing the front to rear adjustment knobs. Then it can either be removed entirely, or placed in an unusual position. Or allow the use of an auxiliary fence of some sort. The lamp can be located on the fence or on the side of the table.
The pictures also illustrate the drawers and contents, including ½” bits for the 1617, and ¼” bits for the Colt. The drawers contain the Colt, the 1617 dedicated plunge router, and all attachments.
*Now, that is the overview, but for the fun part, the gizmos and gadgets. I considered just appending it here, but it was going to be a very, very long project description. Therefore, I decided to make a blog companion, and it is here:
In the blog are descriptions of the following:
Lamp and mounts
Unique Cord Keeps
Shop Built Elevation Crank
Front Levelers and Stabilizers
Tool and Parts Storage
Again, here is the blog link:
-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska