|Project by Mainiac Matt||posted 06-30-2013 11:21 PM||2768 views||30 times favorited||13 comments|
I started this project some 10 years ago, and though I’ve had it in use, I just built the fence and finished it up.
The design is based on plans from an old woodworking magazine, with the left-to-right T-tracks intended for use with the table tilted. It didn’t occur tome at the time that this table is to big to tilt 180 deg with a bench top DP, and I’ve since seen better designs, yet even a less than ideally designed DP table is better than none.
A DP table really is one of those “must build” shop projects for DPs dedicated for woodworking use.
I’ve been getting by, pinching the router table fence I got from Rockler, but I salvaged the hold down clamp recently and decided to finally make a dedicated fence for this table.
By far, the best DP upgrade I can recommend after making a table, is a keyless chuck. These are found at metal working supply houses, and can cost a small fortune. But the Asian clones are pretty darn good, and have sufficient gripping power and run out for woodworking use. I purchased this one from Wholesale Tools on-line and have been very happy with it. I only switch back to the original chuck on the rare occasion that I need >1/2” capacity.
My table was made from 3/4” MDO plywood, and because I wanted a beefy table, I routed a second layer with a 1/2” deep cut out that perfectly matches the metal DP table. The final assembly fit so snugly, that I never bothered (untill now) to hard mount it. I accomplished that by drilling a hole in the bottom of each ‘T’ slot in the metal table, then I transfer punched each hole location into the bottom MDO layer, then I drilled through holes to clear 5/16” bolts, then I drilled the top 1/2” of those holes oversized to accomodate threaded inserts. So the table mounts rock solid with four easilly accessed bolts.
The fence face is 3/4 MDF (for stability) with white laminate applied to the face with contact adhesive, and the ‘T’ track routed into the face using a 3/8” dia. straight bit, followed by Rockler’s ‘T’ track bit.
So get busy and build yourself a DP table. If you want to get fancy, Stumpy Nubs has a cool design with lots of storage and slider ail positioning.
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