one hand shingle router table

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Project by eddie posted 02-22-2012 12:41 AM 3070 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i am a beginner wood worker fell in love with this craft a year r so ago i really have a long way to go just a few months ago the only jig i knew was one that we use for fishing on the bayou and rivers a shortcrse is really good on the channels and dove tails well you need a good 12 gauge and be quick r all you see is dove tails.had to go to u tube to learn how to read a tape and that folding ruler is really helpful once i knew how to use it just never knew what the little metal extension was .i guess what i’m saying is this router table is not made made perfect and i know there is a lot more could be done to it and i’m going to get better as i go but i had a lot of fun building it least ways at the end of this build .the table started out as a stow and go router table i got off the net i got the free plans from Fine WoodWorking and it worked well. i think its a picture of it on my home page. i have a new shop now so i need and had room for a table.its not going to come in first in any races but it will finish the race.the frames made out of some 4×6 and 2×4 timber that someone had threw away got off the side of the road.the rest is ceder really got blessed with neighbor who works at a cabinet shop up the road a bit needed to run to Tennessee to pick a load of cedar up for himself and asked if i would let him use my trailer he would bring me some back me gave me a ton of this .whats funny is my other neighbor said i was crazy for letting him use it and said didn’t i know he was in prison for most of his life for drugs and killing a person. i told him i did and he had did his time and seemed like a good person to me and that God don’t care who you were but what you are now. they are good friends now just a funny thing about people but i guess we all are. its not a one hand router table but was started with one shop was in my car port and five r six mounts ago i had to stop my wood working journey long enough to take care of my duties around my home u know cutting grass picking up and the such well i’m allergic to poison ivy really bad and if i get in to it i have to go to the hospital pretty quick .after cutting the grass i saw some spots that looked like poison oak i went to my doctor .told him i think i must of got in some in the yard he gave me a shot and i went back to the wood shop to fiddle around was working on this five board bench that Charles Neil had on his site hey this guy is a master at this craft,good teacher and these benches r fun to make and have sold they as quick as i make them this router table came mostly from his technics of that build and he was right they do sell. sorry got side tracked. anyway that was on wensday morning by the end of that day my right hand and i am right handed it had swelled up and was starting to hurt by Thursday the arm and hand was in pain so on Friday i went back to the doctor wouldn’t you know it he was out the nurse at his office told me its not poison ivy to go straight to the emergency room i did.the doctor there said it was shingles asked where it came from he said its a virus like chicken pops out of the herpes strain i told him i thought herpes was a sex dessige and that i hadn’t had any of that in a long time.said it was nothing that he could do just has to run it course and gave me some pain meds i said i couldn’t do drugs that i was a recovering addict hadn’t did any in 20 years r more so i left. that was Friday by Monday i would have ate cat crap off a pile of dog crap to get some pain releif look i have had 2 heart attacks , rodeoed for 12 years and broken bones had a bull stomp on my chest one time i’ve delt with pain do all these again to not go thur this. i went and seen my doc that knows me and he gave me some pain med and said to keep it watched i was dealing with a sever case of right hand got so weak i had to use my left hand to drink a cup of coffee,lost forty pounds and lost most of the muscil on the right arm doc said i needed to go to tharpey to ge it back working i told him my insurance sucks and i would do my own that’s where the router table came in it i started on this build had to use both hands to hold a drill r any tool by the end of this router table i was sanding drilling with my right hand hell i could throw my 18 volt drill across the shop if i wanted to.took a couple month to build took a lot of breaks. been 5 r 6 months now and other than a little numness in my hand i’m good to go by the way they do have a vacinne for this wish i had know would do well to do it. here is some pictures of the fence.the fence was a design by a LJ they call serge his is a lot nicer then mine but its a very well thought out fence i put up some french cleats and made a shelf for the fence to sit when not in use it pivots on one end this i deal came from the stow n go router table plans from fine woodwood workerr site here it sits the feather boards came from Rockler and the orange one that also is a guard came from lee valley or Peachtree wood working tools. the lamp i found at a garage sell for a couple bucks it helps till i get some good lights in here heres the start of it a few pic of the drawers i like the top one pull out to add some counter top a place to set stuff like bits and wrenchs when needed then slides back in out of the way the other drawers are of different sizes with dividers and one that slides under the dust box for router bits with a big one for routers

i put a door on the front to the router dust collection box some time i need to get in there put a window to see and a led rope light

the bottom drawer is a idea the came from its a under the bed storage draw this guy Matthias Wandel he plows pretty deep his dad was a wood worker as he is hes also a engineer that love the wood. just a genius check out his site you’ll see what i mean i had to add a long wooden bar at the bottom to hold it in place when i move the table. the bar is a old closet hanger rod. the wheels are some i got off a old office chair o yea the rope is attached to a draw so i can pull it kind of like a wagon. use it when i need to pickstuff around the shop

these are the end just made some storage shelfs where i could put a ledge at the bottom to keep stuff in so when the router is running won’t shake it off

and the back is some scrap panel some was painted this came out of my daughter old closet

i know it could be better built and will when my skills get better but it works and i had fun building it.i learn a lot from this site there are wood craftmaster here thanks also to Steve at woodworking for mere mortals sled works and a woodwhisper called Marc the handles with dowel pin there are many more that’s all teaching thank you

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 01:33 AM

Wow that’s a super job.

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 01:37 AM

For a beginner that’s a fine router station. Sorry to hear all about your ailments, I know what you mean about poison ivy, I am just as susceptible to it, had it every year since I was 14 until about 32, was pretty cautious for a while then got it again at 35 when someone was burning lawn refuse and ther must have been some poison ivy in it because I walked through the smoke and had it the next day. The only posative that came from it was my hand swelled up so much I couldn’t even bend my fingers so 2 am in the ER a shot of steroids and a week of prednazone and I was good, here was the good part: the Prednazone kept me awake and full of energy, must have slept only two hours the whole week, and the hours I was awake I was building in the shop. Completed about 16 projects that week and ate like a pig without gaining any weight. Well thats my story, I look forward to see more projects from you.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 02:16 AM

You did a super job on that router table (One handed no less!). I also enjoyed your story a lot. Thanks for posting this and next time you get in the poison ivy/oak get steroids. They will block your response to the poison ivy and are NOT pain killers so won’t cause those problems.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 08:39 PM

Beautiful router station!!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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