|Project by manilaboy||posted 03-20-2010 03:32 PM||2423 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
My assembly table finally gave. All because of poor construction, poor materials and most especially from being left outside exposed to the elements. I have a very small shop. No way for me to store it inside. It had more than its fair share of rain, sun, termites and what have you.
I thought of a collapsible base from construction grade 2 X 3 pine but now using mortise and tenon all throughout. A good time to experience making tenons on a router table.
I threw this one up from a 14” X 24” ( I believe) piece of 3/4 inch plywood. I suspended the router on the edge guide holder on wood holddowns. Routed a groove near one of the long edges. A 1” X 1 1/2” of scrap screwed onto a speed square served as a miter bar. The lip of the speed square rode on the groove.
The speed square turned miter bar gave me fits. I ruined a workpiece because the cuts won’t line up. I forgot to true it up. I later found out that the speed square isn’t square. It was not even speedy. I also noticed that it tends to pull the workpiece the moment the bit bites. A piece of sandpaper glued to the miter bar solved that. Once tweaked to an acceptable level, tenons are a breeze.
I love routers. They are very versatile and accurate. But mounted on a table, it’s a whole new world. Speed, ease, safety, accuracy and repeatable cuts. You name it. This isn’t much of a router table and I am impressed. I can only wonder what those dandy RT’s here in lumberjocks can do.
I am definitely making me a better router table. Small shop be damned.
Oh by the way, here is the collapsible base I made..
-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"