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Project by Manitario posted 08-28-2010 12:08 AM 3248 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a router table but my shop is too small…so drawing from what I’ve seen others do on LJ I decided to make use of all the precious room at the end of my fence rails and make a router table that would attach directly to my tablesaw. The table is two 3/4” MDF glued together with laminate on both sides and fir trim. It was my first use of laminate, and my first real attempt at using my router. Let’s just say that the fit of the insert looks better in the pictures than in real life, ie. it was a pain in the arse trying to cut an accurate fit for the insert no matter how carefully I set up the guides for the router. Now the challenge will be attaching it to the rails…from what I’ve seen on LJ’s this is a common challenge. I’m tempted to make a small cabinet to attach the top to which will simply just slide between the rails rather than attach to them.

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psh

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#1 posted 08-28-2010 03:50 AM

It may have been a pain, but it sure looks good from this angle!

-- Peter, Central VA

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ElmoSr

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#2 posted 08-28-2010 01:36 PM

I really need to make me one of these nice job

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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BTKS

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 02:44 AM

Great looking top! You say this is a first try, wow! My advice is to go ahead and go to the trouble of attaching the top to the rails and table. I foresee the loss of valuable rip capacity if it is not attached. I’ve had a table top with a series of gaps under the fence. The gaps and fence make a scissor action for fingers and tools. Yea, bad combination, I’ve had the pinches and almost bent a tri-square blade.
Looks good, keep it up.
BTKS

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

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Dustmite97

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#4 posted 10-04-2010 02:32 AM

That looks really good. Nice miters as well.

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