|Project by Eddie||posted 02-18-2013 04:58 PM||1820 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
A little about me:
I am 25 years old and work as a substation designer for a large power company.
I have been married just over 5 years and live in Portland, Oregon with my wife and 18month old daughter (plus another due in july).
We recently began renting our first real house and the best part is the 300sq ft man-cave separate from the 2-car garage. Outfitted with cabinets, shelving, and long workbench, it is begging me to fill it.
We are a single income family (we have made the choice for my wife to stay home with our children—which has proven to be a harder job than mine will ever be)
Aside from the standard hand tools and power drill I didn’t have a large tool base.
I have began combing craigslist for deals on saws/woodworking tools to add to my collection.
Recently I purchased a 10” sliding miter saw-Harbor freight brand ($15!), Older Craftsman Scroll Saw and blades ($15), Ridgid Router – Fixed/Plunge Base with a 20 piece carbide bit set ($75), and my major gloat is a newer 10” Craftsman table saw and 10’ Craftsman Miter Saw w/ Laser Trac ($40 for both!!!)
While using the router free-hand I decided I should probably have a router table.
I looked over a ton of router plans and also found some good deals on craigslist for beginner table top models.
I thought it would be more fun to make it.
I have a reStore (habitat for humanity’s surplus building supply store) nearby my work and began gathering pieces.
Here is what I managed to get and the prices:
$2 = Countertop (18×33 – 1.5”MDF w/ Formica)
$1 = Various lengths of Laminated MDF
$1 = Steel Router plate randomly found on shelf
FREE = Tall Cabinet
FREE = Miter Gauge off Craigslist
$2 = Knobs for fence (from Ace Hardware)
$.50 = New screws for router baseplate (needed flat head for countersink)
TOTAL = $6.50
Take a look at the pics as I built the table. (Still need to finalize the fence)
Let me know if there is anything I’m doing wrong!!!
I have learned a ton from reading on here and am having a blast fumbling my way through this.