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Project by Jeff Dubofsky posted 1282 days ago 1525 views 13 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!"





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charlie48

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#1 posted 1282 days ago

Jeff, looks great. I’ve wanted to do something like this for some time now , after looking at your project I think its time. Thanks for the info.
nice job !!

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

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DaveTPilot

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#2 posted 1281 days ago

Nice job!

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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SouthpawCA

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#3 posted 1281 days ago

Having a garage shop where space is at a premium, I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Very nice.

-- Don

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MShort

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#4 posted 1281 days ago

Cool. I seen this in the magazine but looks better as a real build here. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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bigike

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#5 posted 1281 days ago

very nice work, love that saw I have the same one but left tilt.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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