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Project by Tugboater78 posted 05-31-2012 06:00 AM 3279 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this table with router from my grandpas shop but i didnt like the oe fence. So i made one…till i can make a new table. Made from scrap as all my projects are thus far! The base is 1/4 hardboard with some poplar scrap to support the face which has some pieces of shelving i cut up that had a smooth edge.. pictures dont show it but i cut a hole for shopvac hose to fit in back behind the throat..worked out ok

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"





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HalDougherty

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 09:41 AM

Nice fence. Doesn’t look like scrap now! Too bad you aren’t closer to East Tennessee. I carve custom gunstocks and yesterday I cut blanks out of hard maple. I hate burning my scrap, I’d rather give it away to someone who could turn it into something nice.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Tugboater78

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 09:47 AM

Thanks.. the original fence setup was pretty clunky.. i had all these pieces just sitting around…figured id see what i could cone up with. Works pretty good..for what it is

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 12:17 PM

Nice job!
I have one of these tables. Got it when my hair was brown! I tossed the fence also. I just used some scrap for a fence and now you got me thinking. I like your idea! Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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philkane

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 01:42 PM

I HAVE THE SAME TABLE. I HAD TO MAKE A FENCE FOR IT ALSO NOT AS NICE AS YOURS BUT IT WORKS.

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 05:18 PM

Your fence also reduces the loud amplification of noise from the aluminum? Have you considered removing the legs and setting the top in a reclaimed piece of melamine to increase the table size? Might also reduce the noise level?

Hey wait til you get some good stuff! LOL! Nice work.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Tugboater78

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 06:00 PM

@Hal got a chance to check out some of your amazing work, will be back to check out more for sure.

@woodshaver, i looked at the original and wondered how it was to be accurate, and decided i needrd better.

@doc i hadnt thought about the noise reduction but that makes sense. I thought about mounting the thing on some scrap plywood with maybe hardboard laminated on top of it but i saw in i think in a fairly recent shopnotes mag a design for a portable router table that i wanted to make instead. Just gotta get time to make it. Oh and the idea of a homemade lift is gonna be a must too.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 06:51 PM

Ambitious! The problem w/homemade lifts is constriction of air flow around the routers, and the more edges you have the more places for chips and dust to collect? look for old melamine desktops or kitchen counter tops? goes with the no money budget? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Tugboater78

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 07:14 PM

I have a couple old counter tops ive been eyeing, and 2 solid core wooden doors.. all in due time, i sometimes take on more than i can handle

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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jerrells

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#9 posted 06-02-2012 01:02 AM

I have the same table but it just sits on a shelf in the workshop. O WELL.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Tugboater78

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#10 posted 06-02-2012 06:18 AM

This one is mounted to the temporary plywood countertop in the room that is supposed to be my kitchen.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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