|Project by Praki||posted 04-06-2008 08:51 AM||17720 views||24 times favorited||11 comments|
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?)
-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker