|Project by newTim||posted 05-11-2012 04:25 AM||10501 views||79 times favorited||24 comments|
This is the table Kreg should make. Not long ago I called them to ask if they made a combination router and KregJig table. While I wasn’t surprised at the answer, no, I did note a bit of sarcasm. It was like the person was saying “why would we do a dumb thing like that”? Why indeed?
This table is designed as a multi function table to work in a small space and to replace my previous assembly table (4,400 views) that I’m now using as an infeed table for my tablesaw.
I bought a Rousseau Workbench System with locking wheels at Woodcraft for less than $100. It was a bit unstable (twisting and racking), but that was without a top screwed down. Since these tops are very heavy (two 3/4 MDF w/ laminate, router, Kreg clamp plate, etc.) I beefed up the frame with plywood sides and with the top screwed down to a wooden frame it is very solid, but also mobile.
My biggest hassle and most time consuming operation is simply to crosscut plywood or MDF sheets. In the past I’ve used foam insulation, a pair of 2×3 rails, or just bridged the sheet between a table and the tablesaw. All of these worked, but they required some storage and it was time consuming and hard to dance around a small shop with heavy sheets. To solve this problem I made two table tops with the router on one end and the Kreg clamps on the other with a space in between. I added a plywood spacer with a dust port to help keep the dust down and it works great. I’m sure I’ll use it for cleanup and other things later on.
I used the big 3 1/4 HP Triton Router because of an article in Fine Woodworking. The router has a built in height adjustment and the dust collection is really good. One problem I encountered, however, that was not mentioned in the article is because of the thickness of these tops I did not have enough clearence for the dust hose. To solve the problem I routed out two large grooves in the table bottom so I can rotate the router 180 degrees if I need to.
Eventually I plan to add some 3/4” holes and a couple of the smaller Kreg clamp plates and a slide out tray on the bottom. So far so good.
I also want to give a shout out to Kevin Coombs who did a real nice Kreg table.
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com