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Project by Luke posted 01-16-2010 03:37 AM 2158 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I copied this from the version they sell at rockler. I just planed and jointed some 2×4’s to make up the frame. It is mortise and tenon construction and it is really sturdy. The top is 3/4” plywood with a solid oak edge band then covered with a yellow laminate. The track is from Highland Woodworking and the rulers are from Northern tool. I routed a tiny little groove to put the rulers into with epoxy. The rulers have etched out numbers and lines so that they don’t wear out over time. The router plate is 3/8” acrylic that I had laying around. I put small threaded inserts in the plywood top so that I can level the plate accurately with screws that go through the acrylic. The fence’s main part is the 1.5” aluminum angle. All the parts connecting to it are just solid oak. I’m not sure that this will cause problems later or not what with wood movement. I haven’t noticed any yet and it cuts a really straight line still after almost a year so I’m happy with it for now. The two halves of the fence can be spread apart to account for larger bits or putting the bit behind the fence for edge work. There are no slots for the fence, the clamps on the ends hold it in place, made out of rock maple and some bolts and threaded inserts. That way all I have to do to remove the fence for any reason I just loosen them up and slide it off the back or front. My table saw came with a router table insert and a dust collection piece that I salvaged and put on the back of the fence. None of the pictures show it but its basically a clear tube that folds down over the fence and above the bit. I really like it and it’’s quite accurate. dialing in precise measurements are real simple and it’s a joy to use.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com





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RDW

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 03:43 AM

Very good design. I like the way the fence is secured to the table—good idea.

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Jeison

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 03:53 AM

Good job, I like the rulers built into the table to align the fence

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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Routerisstillmyname

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 04:00 AM

Nice indeed.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 04:01 AM

It looks very good!

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kansas

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#5 posted 01-16-2010 05:04 AM

I like your fence clamp down. I might try to add that to mine.

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ken_c

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#6 posted 01-16-2010 07:29 AM

looks nice , try putting the motor in a box and add dust collection, you will like it even better – good job

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#7 posted 01-16-2010 01:05 PM

nice job indeed!

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#8 posted 01-16-2010 03:20 PM

Good job, I like the yellow too.

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 06:47 PM

Super router table great job.

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#10 posted 07-03-2014 01:34 AM

Here I am more than 4 years later and I decided to add a couple things to my table. I could have gotten by with my old setup but this is just so much better. I added the incra lift and the dust collection box with hosing. It catches almost all of the dust now. I used it to route round the 4 corners on 280 PVC signs and almost no dust was needing cleaned up. A highly recommended upgrade. I can’t wait until the precise lift adjustments can be utilized on one of my projects.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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