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Project by Praki posted 2328 days ago 15896 views 24 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Judging by the recent projects with HRTs, I think this is the season of Horizontal Router Tables. Here is another one that I built a few weeks ago. The ideas came from Jigs & fixtures for the table saw & router / from the editors of Woodworker’s Journal and Yeung Chang’s Classic Joints with Power Tools.

It is constructed from 3/4” MDF. In hindsight, it would have been better to construct it with melamine backed board rather than MDF. I simplified the construction by choosing not to build a router sled. The vertical board to which the router base is fixed is pivoted at one corner with a heavy duty hinge I got from Rockler. At the other end, the grove swings around a 1/4” bolt.

I also built an X-Y table which rides in the groves. I ripped some HDPE strips for runners. The XY tables have T-nuts in them to which I can bolt fences. I waxed all sliding surfaces.

With easy access to the router and excellent visibility, this lets me do a lot of router operations with safety and convenience. I get very good accuracy and control. The cost to build it was minimal and taught me some more valuable skills.

One thing I miss sorely is a mechanism to adjust the bit position. I plan to add a screw to make micro adjustments to the bit position.

Another thing I worry about is with the stability of MDF in the presence of moisture. I am hoping all that waxing will help keep the moisture out . I will probably protect the edges with hardwood. (I am also wondering if I can coat the whole thing with thin epoxy of some kind, any thoughts?)

Thanks

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker





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davidtheboxmaker

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#1 posted 2328 days ago

Looks like an item you’ll get a lot of use from in the workshop.
You need to be careful with dampness creeping in to the mdf.
I had a router fixture which I didn’t use for some time, so I stored it in my garden shed – dry but no heating.
When I dug it out some months later, I found that it didn’t fit any more because the dimensions had changed slightly due to the mdf increasing in thickness – only very slightly, but it turned it from useful to a scrapper.

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GaryK

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#2 posted 2328 days ago

Looks pretty nice. What kinds of things would you use it for?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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motthunter

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#3 posted 2328 days ago

looks good and useful. can you show us some work as a result of having it?

-- making sawdust....

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Yettiman

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#4 posted 2327 days ago

Hi there,

can you tell me the advantage of a horizontal table over a vertical one.

I am still trying to learn :)

Thanks

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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Grumpy

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#5 posted 2327 days ago

I get the concept Praki. i am also interested in the advantage over a horizontal table.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Praki

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#6 posted 2327 days ago

davidtheboxmaker – I am afraid of a similar fate. I hope it survives long enough for my real wood working projects!

GaryK – I started on this to make slots for mortises. But I am also using it to make tenons after discovering that the tenons I cut on my table saw are hopeless. My table saw blade is not perpendicular to the table top at all and I have been unable to adjust it. I just feel more comfortable with table mounted routers. In addition to M-T joints, I will try loose tenon joints.

motthunter – sorry, I don’t have anything built with this yet beyond test mortise and tenon joints I made. I also used this to cut groves and form beads for shaker style panel. Most of my usage so far has really been more of a study than work that can be shared :( Wife is anxious to see things that she can use in the house than all the tools, jigs and fixtures and I working furiously towards that goal :)

Yettiman and Grumpy, – this setup makes routing on the edge easy (at least for me). I also like the fact that bit adjustments are easy and the whole bit is visible. The X-Y tables are turning out to be really good at sliding. There are some things that this can’t do – route dados. The books I mentioned earlier claim a lot more but I haven’t reached that stage yet.

Thanks for looking and your comments.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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Jiri Parkman

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#7 posted 2327 days ago

Nice design and performance.

-- Jiri

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SPalm

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#8 posted 2327 days ago

Good job. I love these sorts of things. You can oil MDF. It soaks it up, but will really control the expansion. Just brush on heavy and wipe off after it soaks in. Repeat. Try to oil the inside also.

I modification I could see is to add a long threaded rod running vetically between the router and the curved route on the back. Attach this to the back and add a knob on the top. Now you can loosen the lock knob you have, and dial in the height you want before retightening. You can count the turns to get a precise movement.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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David

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#9 posted 2306 days ago

Nice Table. I like your slideing table setup and grooves. I like my verticle adjustment better but agree that a fine adjustment needs to be added so am modifying mine.
http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Islandwoodworker/blog/4054
I saw a photo of one somewhere that a fella had added levers to move the table on either an X or Y axis; not sure about height adj. Worth looking into.
Nice job.

-- Islandwoodworker@Gmail.com

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mcoyfrog

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#10 posted 1947 days ago

nice table

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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gjonesLR

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#11 posted 1315 days ago

Praki hello. I am looking for a horizontal router plan. Yours looks great. If you still have the plan I would love a copy. Thanks

-- gjonesLR

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