|Project by NCTurner||posted 08-01-2016 02:34 PM||2090 views||16 times favorited||26 comments|
I’ve been reading and admiring the work here for quite a while, but this is my first post/project. I love woodturning and have been doing that for nearly 20 years. However, about 18 months ago, a home project came up, and I needed to use a router for it. As I was looking at all of the router tables, especially those based on Norm Abram’s design, I decided I did want to build a router table. I bought a table saw, dado blades, and my wife got the Jessem router lift for me. I ran across the plans that Dan Phalen has on his website (www.crestonwood.com) and knew that I wanted I build that design. I built the top (2 pieces of 3/4” MDF) last year, but after that, my wife had surgery, and then I had surgery a few months after her, so I didn’t return to the shop (aka my garage) until a couple of months ago.) The top got dinged up in the garage somewhat over the last year since it didn’t have a “home.” Long story short, I finally got this completed. The top border is red oak, and the carcass is 3/4” maple plywood. The trim/handles are all walnut. I made the handles myself.
Nothing seemed like it came easy on this. I had gotten a huge chunk of walnut from a neighbor a couple of years ago. It was about 8’ long by 18” wide by 2.5” deep. It was not really a board, so I had to figure out how to mill using my tools that I have. It took about 6 hours but I got it cut down/usable. The walnut was very old and very checked but I did find some nice solid wood in it.
I decided to not use all 7 top drawers as bit drawers, as I doubt I’ll ever own THAT many bits. I made small, narrow drawers on the left side. However, I could easily convert them to bit drawers if needed.
Since the pictures, I added a hook for the cords (I set it up to turn on my Shop Vac simultaneously with my router (a PC 7518) and a couple of other minor tweaks.
I’ve never really done a project like this and it was a learning experience. Thanks for looking!
-- One good turn deserves another!