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Posted on Router table top isn't flat. Need some advise.

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 07:33 PM

JJ, Your orientation question is correct. The router is in the blue box. the sags in the table is between the two angle irons where the blue box is. I need to push the top up, from the bottom, between the angle iron.

Several of you recommended shims and I tried them. They worked well to take out the drop directly above the angle iron. I still had the drop between the angle iron. I put put another pc of angle perpendicular to the existing pieces. I shimmed it in the center too which helped. The base plate of the router isn’t perfectly flat so with all the improvements I still can slide .0025” feeler gage is some areas which is probably good enough.

A1Jim. You’re probably wondering why I’m picking fly shit out of pepper. I would probably post a similar question because most of my work doesn’t require that much accuracy. I bought this router table several years ago. It was so out of level it was unusable. I worked on it a little bit and made some improvements but when I would run a pc of wood across it I would get a stutter step in the wood. I finally decided to level it up and the first project I want to try it on is the leg and seat joints of a rocking chair. I like to have a tight joint on the rocking chair seat joints. First I cut the seat joints then I slowly sneak up on leg joints until they fit. Towards the end I’m only taking off a few thousandths. So, I’m looking for very square, repeatable setups.

By the way, on the first rocker I made used the sawstop to cut the joints with a cross cut sled and a home made screw adjuster clamped to the sled which was the mechanism for micro adjustments. I still had quite a bit of hand sanding to get the joint to fit right. I could use the saw again but I want to try the router table since it has a fence with a micro adjuster. I’m hoping for less hand sanding. If you have the tool you may as well use them, right?

Thanks for all your ideas. Now I need to try it out.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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