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Project by vrice posted 03-09-2011 04:15 AM 1938 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my recently completed router table based on a design I discovered on FineWoodworking.com. I was interested in an open design and this fit the bill. The top consists of two layers of 3/4” MDF sandwiched between horizontal grade (thick) plastic laminate. The legs and table trim are ash.
I purchased a MLCS 9334 1/4-Inch Thick Aluminum Router Plate and a Triton TRA001 3-1/4-Horsepower Router. I chose this router specifically due to its above table height adjustment. It also has an excellent dust collection port. I was after a solid router table with effective above table height adjustment. This setup works perfectly without the added expense of a router lift. As you can see I also installed two T-tracks to accommodate a fence system. I purchased a fence from Rockler. Could have built one but decided to get this. This was quicker and I’m lazy. I also installed a miter slot for obvious reasons. Lastly I mounted heavy duty, double locking casters on the legs to make this thing mobile.
The only thing I want to modify is the fence. Its a bit short but its a snap to fab another one and mount to the Rockler backbone.

-- Vic Rice





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Vrtigo1

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 04:40 AM

Looks great. I’m sure it’ll pay for itself with the pleasure you get when using it. There’s just something about making something yourself instead of buying it. Who makes the black featherboard in the miter track? The fence seems a bit short, but maybe it’s just the picture.

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Woodwrecker

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 05:58 AM

Very nice.
I have the same router.
Have you had any trouble hooking up the dust collection to the port underneath with your plywood support boards running along side it?
I like the large work surface.
Thanks.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 11:49 AM

Nice table, I have this same router and Love it. An added bonus is it does not require a lift system saving us 300 plus dollars for something else. Nice looking table, enjoy.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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vrice

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#4 posted 03-10-2011 05:19 AM

Ken, good point re: the dust port. I did pay special attention to that and drilled the holes in the plate so the router would sit at the appropriate angle to keep the port away from the plywood braces.

-- Vic Rice

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vrice

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#5 posted 03-10-2011 05:21 AM

Vrtigo1, bought the feather board, and all the other “gadgets” from Rockler.

-- Vic Rice

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