|Project by BOBAH||posted 03-16-2017 05:58 AM||1351 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
This router table is based on ideas from James Hamilton's horizontal router project and Young Je's horizontal router. I have started with Jim’s base and router carriage, and added sliding table but built it with standard drawer sliders, which was simpler than making my own sliding mechanism. I also made router plate out of $5 plastic cutter board – works just as fine as Rockler’s.
The main difference between those two projects is that Jim’s table surface tilts and therefore allows angled cuts but is less suitable for making mortises – it is hard to limit sideways motion of the table. On the other hand, Young’s table is perfect for mortising but no angled cuts. All I care about at the moment is mortises, so it works fine for me the way it is, though I might also build a tiltable table top as well, so I could swap them if necessary.
With this table you can make precise adjustments of router bit’s vertical position, and lock it in place; then clamp the part you need to work on to the table’s surface; adjust stoppers limiting sideways movement of the table; adjust stopper limiting movement of the table towards the bit, if necessary; start routing mortise, gradually increasing depth of the cut.
The table works great for me, doing exactly what I needed. I am going to keep iterating on improving dust collection solution though – so far I either put dust collection hose too close to the bit so that it interferes with cutting, or it is too far and does not provide adequate suction.
Another improvement I will look into is some stopper mechanism limiting depth of the cut in steps (just like plunge router bases do), to make it easier and safer to work on deeper mortises. Any suggestions?