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Project by SebringDon posted 274 days ago 2293 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A pair of rails and a simple box structure on each end, three pieces of ply to make a fence pivoting on a bolt, a few holes to mount an old Master Mechanic 1 3/4 hp plunge router, and a few coats of shellac make for a decent table. Clamp on a featherboard and grab a push stick, and I’m ready to rabbet the back of some molding I’m using for a picture frame.

All 3/4” ply, the table’s 36” x 15” and all the under structure is all ripped 2” wide. The fence components are all ripped 2 1/2” wide. It takes very little time to build, and makes that old MM router useful. I’ll probably spring for a table insert as the next upgrade to increase the bit height adjustment range.

-- Don





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aussiedave

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#1 posted 274 days ago

Simple is good as long as it works for you…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 272 days ago

Can’t get much simpler than that. Is it accurate? How is the plywood surface for working?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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SebringDon

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#3 posted 271 days ago

Everything I’ve used it for so far has been accurate. Even that thin molding went through without a hitch. The plywood makes a surprisingly good table. I used 320 paper between coats of shellac so it’s nice and smooth, and it’s holding up nicely so far. I figure if it gets banged up, it’s easy enough to throw on another coat of shellac.

The nicest part is the router was a hand-me-down, so I probably don’t have $10 in the whole setup.

-- Don

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 271 days ago

I’m sure that finish helps a lot.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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