Workshop #4: Table Saw Router Table - I've been framed!

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Blog entry by rweitz posted 03-03-2010 09:56 AM 3802 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I got going a bit more waiting for a decision from Project Manager (read wife) on what to do next. We did put together some of the basement and recycled, trashed, and donated a truck load of stuff, but there’s still more to go.
Meanwhile I pulled some more scraps out of the bin and made a frame for the router table that will grace my new fence rails. Eventually I’ll pull the sheet metal extensions and put all table in there, but I don’t have big enough scraps so currently its just a 19” deep x 27” wide table on the end.

Router table frame and fence

I bolted the frame to the Redline rails front and back:

Front rail and frame

Back Rail and frame

but with a 3/4” top it might be too low. I think I’ll try a 5/8” Melamine MDF top and glue a 3/4” MDF piece between the cross frames under the router for support and depth. I’m still debating buying an insert or seeing if I can cheap one out by making it myself, since this is a trial run table….yah riiiiiight.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 01:06 PM

Looks like a great start to a very useful project. Make sure and keep the project manager happy. lol.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 01:13 PM

To help keep the expences down, you might check with other places that sell plywood, other than HD or Lowe’s. The plywood bundles come with a 3/4 melamine sheet on he bottom. They usually throw these in the dumpsters. With the melamine laminated on both sides, it makes great doublers and other shop fixtures. And I find the damage to the edges of the melamine still gives a lot of usable material.

You’re off to a good start, looking good. Rand

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