|Project by Jeff Dubofsky||posted 01-20-2011 02:47 PM||1842 views||13 times favorited||5 comments|
I’ve been wanting to do this for a quite some time and finally made the time to do it. I was really looking for a good plan that would be relatively easy to make and install, was stable, and one that was cost effective. I used the plan from Fine Woodworking’s “Tools and Shop” edition, winter 2010, and scaled it to my table saw. The author fit his to a larger cabinet saw, and mine is a smaller hybrid saw. It is extremely stable, and uses everyday, inexpensive materials. I used less than one sheet of 4X4 MDF, one sheet of 4X4 3/4 baltic birch plywood, some threaded inserts/set screws to level the top (all materials already in the shop collecting dust) and a new router plate. I think the whole project cost around $110 or so….
The frame is 3/4 baltic birch ply and the top is 3/4 MDF. I’m using my Triton router for this (can’t ever remember the model, but it’s the smaller 2 1/4 HP) due to its ease of operation with above table bit changes and height adjustment. The plate is from Rockler with a new hole cut to accomodate the height adjustment arm.
The dust collection is from below using a small shop vac attached directly to the router’s dust port.
Oh, and I got to use my X-Mas gift from Angela on this project…..the Porter Cable 12V. drill driver/drill combo set. No more bit changing when pre-drilling/driving screws. Huge time saver! Works great, clean product, enough power, and at $149 for the set you can’t go wrong.
Thanks for looking!
-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."If you see a flaw in my work take a (big) step back!"