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Southern_Woodworker

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#1 posted 10-14-2008 04:10 AM

Several years ago I built the Deluxe router station (http://www.newyankee.com/getproduct.php?0301) that Norm built on the New Yankee Workshop and it has been a really nice addition to the shop. The plans go into great detail and also lists where you can buy all the parts. You can also purchase the video if you like. By the time you buy the plywood, router plates, etc you will have a fair amount invested in it so make sure you do your homework. After using it for several years, I have listed a few changes that I would make to the plans which should go for any plan.

1. I live in a very humid environment and using MDF for the fence has been problematic. I have since replaced the fence with UHMW which creates much less friction and does not move with high humidity. You could also purchase a fence system like the Incra system that Blake used in the photo above

2. Using phenolic plywood for the top rather than using laminates. Obviously faster since you don’t have to do the laminating but also no bubbles in the top to contend with :-)

3. Really do your homework on the router and plate that you will use. Look at all the options such as lifts, above table adjustments, plate inserts, etc. Once you’ve routed out the top for the plate, turning back gets to be difficult. Depending on the size of your router and if you plan on using large bits like panel raising bits, it might be a good time to upgrade to a stronger router but do this before you build the station.

A few other things to consider are dust collection, a good safety switch that can be used without hands (trust me on this one) and storage. Hope his helps.


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