|Project by Tomoose||posted 01-04-2010 01:47 AM||3857 views||26 times favorited||16 comments|
I got a new fixed/plunge router set for Christmas (Bosch 1617EVSPK), so I finally built a table-saw-mounted router table I have been wanting to make. My “shop” is an over-stuffed 2-car garage that has to hold 2 full-size cars, so space is at a real premium. This table replaces an old Craftsman benchtop table that was nearly usless since it was so flimsy and difficult to set up. The top is laminated from 3/4 MDF on the bottom and 3/4 melamine-coated particle on top. In hindsight I would probably go to the trouble of using Formica over all MDF, since the particle doesn’t really lend itself to routing a nice step to receive the router plate (from Rockler). It turned out OK though. 3” Poplar serves for the frame. There are adjusting screws threaded up from the bottom and threaded inserts to secure the plate from the top.
I also just built the router fence. After browsing for ideas online, this is my first effort at a router fence. It is 3/4 birch ply with MDF faces. There is T-track on the fence for feather boards from Rockler, as well as a connector for the ol’ shop vac. The fence just clamps to my TS fence. The open sections make a handy place to keep collet wrenches and misc.
So begins my early forray into routing with a sturdy table. Let me know any comments, boneheaded ommisions/oversights, or improvements you think I could stand to make.
-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso