|Project by sillac||posted 05-23-2012 02:19 AM||10866 views||26 times favorited||9 comments|
No, even I would say this is not the ultimate router table! For that I would need a motorized lift, and they be to much $ for me at this time. So I made a lift, much the same as the one in ShopNotes, I think it came out in Jan. vol 12 issue 121. I did make a few changes. And it works really well!!!
In photo 1, you can see 3 hex head bolts in the front of each post, there are also 3 bolts in the back of each post. I also cut the grove in each post wider so that the bolts can be used to adjust the position of the guide track to the front and back. This was very helpful in centering the router to the center of the insert. If I had it to do again I would make the grove even wider.
In photo 4 you can see what I call a deflector, for lack of a better name, which is a curved piece of plastic laminate, this deflects the air that is blown up by the router motor, which for this router is a lot. This also acts as a guide or channel for air that enters in the grove or slot as shown in photo 3 in the front of the router table, and is sucked through to the dust collecting system. In photo 4 you can see cut outs in the bottom of the table to allow for this movement, and in photo 6 the ramps can be seen in the cabinet that line up with the deflector and cut outs in the under side of the table, to form this air channel. All this works together to remove any chips that fall onto the deflector.
Photo 6 also shows weather stripping so that air just comes from the front of the table/cabinet, but more about that in the “Is this the Ultimate Router Table? Dust Collection”. There will also be parts on the table top, which has levelers, the air sled to move the thing around the shop if needed, the cabinet, and the fence. I still have to put the drawer fronts on the drawers and build the fence.
Question, MDF or 3/4 plywood for the fence?
-- Steve in Oregon,