Router Table

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Project by thiel posted 12-06-2010 05:40 AM 2633 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Widened my saw, so I needed a new router table. This one is an inch and a half of MDF, laminated together and then with formica. I was working without a plan (and mostly with scrap) so it’s not as pretty underneath as I’d wanted it, but it will definitely do the job.

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 05:50 AM

Do you have any trouble with the miter slot being too far away from the center of the router plate? I did a similar project last year and am just now getting around to moving the miter track toward the router plate (I still need to fill where the original miter track location was…)

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 06:02 AM

Don’t know. Haven’t tried it yet (actually installed it today) ....BUT I was actually concerned about the opposite. After I embarked on this project, I saw an article (maybe in FWW Tools and Shops?) about building a router table “the right way” and I think they recommended 9 inches from bit to slot. This is less than that… about 7 I think.

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 06:12 PM

Thiel, not sure on that my table l jusst bought is exactly 7 inches from bit to center of miter track, and my bench top mastercraft router table is only 4 1/2 inches from bit to center of miter slot, so you may be fine.
Lets hope hey

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#4 posted 12-13-2010 06:33 AM

I’ve used it now. The miter slot seems the right distance from center… only thing is that I didn’t realize my gauge would hit the fence rails when I used it. I’ll have to grind and file those out. Other than that, works great.

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 03:42 AM

nice job

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#6 posted 02-06-2011 06:56 PM

Great minds think alike. My router table uses the PC890, which functions very well, however, the router moves slightly when I lock the height. I decided to go with the Jessem Router lift II. I’ll have a project blog ready by early summer.

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#7 posted 02-06-2011 07:15 PM

How did you get into my shop to take that picture?

Nice job!

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#8 posted 03-10-2011 05:54 PM

Great job on the table , my friend : )
Regarding the placement of the miter slot :
I think it is only determined by the size of your miter gauge head or anything that you might want to slide in the slot. That’s how I set mine up , by using the miter gauge with a sacificial fence attached to it. Worked for me for the past 12 years so far : )
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