|Project by Carey Mitchell||posted 04-16-2013 07:39 PM||1751 views||11 times favorited||9 comments|
Router table built from Norm’s plans. Never realized just how valuable it would be, and what a pleasure it would be to use
A comment about Norm’s plans: the cut sheet was outstanding, it makes for very economical use of the plywood. Every piece came out exactly the right size and everything fit perfectly. I design just about everything I build and having a plan and cut sheet where everything fit perfectly the first try was a real luxury.
Due to my shop space limitations, I needed the table to fit as closely to the wall as possible. Norm’s design has the “Y” for the dust collection hose sticking straight out from the back, making it impossible to have the table less than about 14” from the wall. I changed the design, using an “L” (note that this is called a “street L” in the plumbing department, as it has a more gentle bend than the standard elbow). This allows the table to fit to within about 6” of the wall.
The joint where the PVC pipe joins the back of the cabinet is not glued, nor is the joint where the “Y” fitting joins the line at the wood bracket. This allows me to rotate the entire assembly to exhaust either right or left. The wood clamp holds everything in place.
Someone asked about the cost, and I just don’t recall. I can say that it was far less than a purchased table, and has a lot of features they lack. The most expensive single items, as I recall, were the drawer slides and the Formica for the top (and the guy at the cabinet shop ripped me on that one).