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Project by gsuing posted 02-25-2013 10:55 PM 1878 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my “Homage to Grizzly” router table made mostly from 3/4” birch plywood. The top is made of two 3/4” baltic birch sheets and topped with plastic laminate. It is very solid and very flat. I plan on building a new fence for it eventually, but the Incra fence has served me pretty well. It houses a 3hp Triton router. Dust collection is excellent through the 4” port on the side.





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BusterB

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 01:00 AM

Thats a fantastic build….great job

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 02:26 AM

I never would have thought you made that. It looks like a massive cast iron cabinet and top. Great job.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 03:26 AM

“I never would have thought you made that. It looks like a massive cast iron cabinet and top. Great job.”

What JSB said.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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gsuing

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 05:19 AM

Thanks for the comments. It looked a little too plywoody, so I decided to paint it. That really spruced it up. I need to take some better photos of the thing.

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 08:42 AM

Saw the thumbnail and thought some knucklehead bought a shaper and was gloating in the projects section… color me surprised Batman. Yes, you need better photos!! Well done.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 01:34 PM

I’m getting ready to build a router table. I wish mine would come out half as nice as yours. You did a magnificent job on this.

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 01:36 PM

That looks like a manufactured router table. Very well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 05:51 PM

Very well done. Would be a pleasure working on that.
Thanks for sharing.
The paint helps make it look “commercial”

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 05:53 PM

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#10 posted 02-28-2013 05:50 AM

This is excellent! But I have about a million questions. I noticed you put a foam strip around the door as a sealer- do you have any other variable openings to increase/decrease air flow or does it just vacuume straight down thru the router bit opening only? Pull out drawr/ box in the bottom- is that only for larger pieces or does 4” dust collection evacuate most everything? I can’t see from the pictures but did you utilize some form of inlaid t-track to secure fence or do you just use clamps? I have an old router table which I am dying to upgrade and yours looks like the perfect solution- I love it! Great work.

-- Bill Holwig , Livonia Michigan

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gsuing

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#11 posted 02-28-2013 06:33 AM

Bill, thanks for your comments and questions. I promise I will take some better photographs in the next week. I need to show more of the inside. The top is piano-hinged in the back and there is foam weather stripping around the gap where the top meets the base – as well as around the door, as you have noted. I don’t have any dust collection other than through the router opening out to the 4” port. But with the weather stripping sealing the door and top, there is very strong suction through the opening and I don’t have any need for dust collection on top.

The fence is currently an old Incra jig C-clamped to the top. It works pretty well, but is temporary, since I do have t-track and a fence design ready to build, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

This table was really fun to build and I’m super happy with it. The paint really spruced it up and made it look like I knew what I was doing.

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