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Updates to the Incra Router table

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Project by JL7 posted 07-15-2018 08:18 PM 2093 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been 7-1/2 years since the original table post here:

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And have made quite a few improvements since then. I need to add that all the aluminum extrusions, the castors, much of the sheet stock and the 4 ft. drawer slides were all free scores from work. Actually free scores from my last 2 jobs. Both companies don’t believe in keeping unused items laying around…..

I say that because I would never invest the coin to buy this material, even though I love it, I am way to cheap for that…..

1. Early on I replaced the Incra Ultra jig with the LS jig, which I was able to do through a trade:

2. One annoyance with the aluminum channel is the open t-slots fill up with saw dust and impossible to keep clean. For a price you can buy plastic filler strips that snap into the channels, but they aren’t cheap. So I ripped my own filler strips out of pine, painted them red and pounded in:

That was many years ago and not nearly as easy as it looks and I never did finish, so only parts of the table had the red fillers.

About a month or 2 ago, they were throwing out a bunch of the black fillers (people thought I was nuts walking out the door with these 10 ft chunks of plastic!) but I was thrilled! So that’s why there is black and red fillers….

3. I picked up the vice a few years ago when Lowes was closing out the Bessey line and this seemed like a good sturdy spot to put and made some leather lined mag inserts for it:

4. I beefed up the dust collection from 3” to 4” and mounted the wye on the side of the table for the fence port:

5. Scored a pair of 4 ft. Accuride drawer slides from work. Had no idea what in the world I would do with them, but they are seriously heavy duty. I wanted to put them on the router table, but the table is only 41” long…...however, both the dust collection and the Incra jig hang over the end of the table, so I went for the jumbo slides anyways, just let them hang out the back of the table:

The drawer is massive, not sure the pics do it justice. And it’s heavy. Mostly MDF because that’s what I had laying around:

Used reclaimed Maple flooring (old gym floor) with tenons cut on the Pantorouter to support the bottom:

And mortises in the MDF sides:

Some assembly photos:

For now, going to store the photography stuff in there, tripod, lights, backdrops, etc:

On the back of the table, built a removable cover that doubles as a shelf:

6. This was an afterthought after building the jumbo drawer, but decided to build a another drawer that opens perpendicular to it and put the rototool and Kreg jig stuff here:

It is also built with the Maple supports for the drawer bottom:

Stuff that hasn’t changed except for one of the door swings:

Door swings down now, but has bit storage shelf on top, misc stuff in the middle drawer and Incra templates stored at the bottom:

This is mostly the same, had to reroute the wiring which was a pain, but this compartment works well and is really convenient to use for bit changes. Just have to remember not to slam the door shut, cause stuff will fly off the mag mount board:

That’s it for now. This beast weighs a ton and really have no idea how it will ever be removed from the basement…...

Thanks for looking…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA





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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 07-15-2018 08:26 PM

That’s some serious storage and organization, Jeff! Nice work, as usual.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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firefighterontheside

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#2 posted 07-15-2018 08:30 PM

It’s great Jeff. As I was reading about the too long slides I was thinking you should make something to put on there to access for the back. Then I read further. Keep it up. Hope alls well.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 07-15-2018 08:31 PM

Uber sweet wish I had my set up still… oh well different directions I suppose.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @ lasercreationsbylarry.com.au

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htl

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#4 posted 07-15-2018 08:49 PM

WOW!!!
Beautiful project!!!

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#5 posted 07-15-2018 09:03 PM

Envious to say the least. Working in the IT world working remotely leaves ZERO opportunity to find these type of finds. Enjoy. Looks like a beast and with the Incra you can’t go wrong.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 07-15-2018 09:08 PM

OOOOOO, Jeff…I like that

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 07-15-2018 09:31 PM

Thanks Don! Say hi to Nannette and hope she is recovering quickly, saw the Donny pics…...cool!

Hey Bill, yes, still may have add hinges or something for the back access, but great minds think alike! Thanks man.

Larry, good to see ya…...need to check your website and see what you’ve been up to….I stole a bunch of inspiration from you, miss your woodworking posts…...thanks.

Thanks htl!

Scott, I work in IT, but I’m a one man show in custom manufacturing shop. This also keeps people surprised when I’m interested in these free materials…..thanks!

Gary, we do love our Incra stuff…....and you live within driving distance….I’m jealous! Thanks my friend!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 07-15-2018 10:10 PM

Jeff, That’s just beyond cool! You are the mad scientist of shop equipment and jigs. Obviously, you couldn’t buy something as all-around versatile and capable as this.

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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#9 posted 07-15-2018 11:09 PM

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#10 posted 07-15-2018 11:14 PM

Outstanding job on the improvements. You won’t find this in any stores.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 07-16-2018 01:55 AM

WOW, impressive build. That is one heck of a big drawer. Nice organization though. Looks fantastic.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 07-16-2018 03:21 AM

Crap o’Dear that is one amazing set up! You’ve got some incredible talent for design!

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#13 posted 07-16-2018 10:46 AM

That is a great setup. It is always good to see how folks are improving their shop.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#14 posted 07-16-2018 01:10 PM

This is a fine piece of equipment and the accessories are great assets. It is a wonderful addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#15 posted 07-16-2018 03:01 PM

Nice! I have to say I recently refactored by router table which was based around the Incra frame. I didn’t like the way the previous owner had set things up. I ended up putting in drawers instead of shelves but by far the best thing was adding in their CleanSweep downdraft cabinet and the Wonder fence upgrade which was also attached to the same dust collection as the Cleansweep.

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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