Router Table for friend

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Project by charlie48 posted 06-29-2010 at 07:22 PM 1713 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple weeks ago my neighbor stopped by the shop and asked if I would build a simple router table for his son who needed one to build cedar strip kayaks for his church.As I hadn’t purchased the wood for my next project yet, I jumped at chance.My neighbor bought a Porter-Cable 3 1/2 hp router with a rockler plate from Craigslist for $200.00, so all I needed to do was go online and order parts, channel, T-track, bolts, knobs, well you get the picture. then off I went to the lumber yard , ya like I needed an legitimate reason to go there.a 3/4” ply,3/4” MDF,a sheet of plastic laminate,and I was off. A 24×24 box with a 26×36 top,a simple MDF pullout self with 1/4” and 1/2” holes for the bits , a MDF fence with a adjustable face, and I put a scrolling on the door that I though was a good fit.As the commercial goes the smile on his face was pricless.It was a fun project .All for $ 372.00 including the router,about as simple as it gets.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#1 posted 06-29-2010 at 07:26 PM

Good Job Charlie

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#2 posted 06-29-2010 at 07:31 PM

Simple and functional he ought to really like that. Good work…................Schloemoe

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#3 posted 06-29-2010 at 07:44 PM

I forgot to add ,the router table come out of about a 10 year old shop project book and the scrolling I found in a scrolling book I bought.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#4 posted 06-29-2010 at 09:09 PM

Thats great! I am in the process of building my own router table and still looking around for fence ideas. I guess MDF is a suitable material for the fence. Is it superior to cabinet grade plywood for such an application?

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#5 posted 06-29-2010 at 09:38 PM

Nice router table, Charlie.

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#6 posted 06-29-2010 at 09:50 PM

What a lucky friend!!! Great work, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 06-29-2010 at 10:17 PM

Now, that’s a really nice thing to do.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 06-30-2010 at 03:42 AM

Great looking table, time to make some saw dust!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 07-01-2010 at 12:12 PM

Great table! I am intrigued by the “message” spoken by the inset in the door panel. Thanks for sharing. Got to get started on mine! So many ideas here!

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