|Project by YooperCasey||posted 01-13-2008 06:46 PM||3018 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
I was trying to make the small lap joint box that is in the “Getting started” section at FWW’s website when I got to cutting the rabbets and I was a bit perplexed. It was a stopped rabbet, to I couldn’t just cut it with my saw, the pieces were too small to be comfortable cutting it on my circular saw, and I didn’t think the router would be a good idea. To make a long story short I installed some guiding onto the piece, set the router on it and managed to completely destroy the box. So I then began my exploration into router tables!
I’m using the plan from FWW #169, “Mark Mclaughlin, A Versatile Router Table” linky. (subscription required)
In the future I plan on adding the miter tracking, horizontal support, pin support, safety cover and other features he has built into it. Also in the works is enclosing the base better, and hopefully making it look as nice as everyone elses I see here. Everything is MDF or Doug Fir 2X4’s. All fasteners are GRK. Totally awesome screws when compared to general construction screws. I have ordered a router insert plate, but until it arrives the router is mounted with cap screws to the table itself. The only problem I’ve run into is the height adjustment tool that passes through the table contacts the fence and as it stands I can’t spin the router 90 degrees, I may just get a dowel rod to pass through there. Not sure yet.
The router is a Triton 2 1/4 HP. My first router and I am very glad I spent the extra money. It came with all sorts of cool accessories.
I drew it up in sketchup to make sure everything fit as needed…
Thanks to everyone who posted pics of the router tables they built. It has given me alot of ideas, and a standard of workmanship to strive for.
-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI