Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #15: Down-n-Dirty Router Table Base Project

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 10-31-2014 12:42 AM 1926 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the process of converting the dungeon into a less-than-scary, useful workshop, I continue to come up with necessities that divert my attention while solving needs. For instance, since I can’t afford right now (and may not have the room for) a 6” jointer, the next best thing is to joint on a router table. Yes, I can do it on a table saw. The Skilsaw’s accuracy is still debatable. More important, I can’t use it until I can make room for it in the dungeon ,and I finish making the base for it. Jointing by hand is beyond my skillset and tools owned at the present. The router wins the bid.

The Blue Hawk router table is an inexpensive model, flimsy at the feet if not mounted to something sturdy. I didn’t have a stand or bench low enough to give me a good working height, so I decided to refurbish a cheap chipboard office utility stand for this purpose.

All the additional wood used in this project came from destructed pallets. The legs are the two pieces that I did some practice hand planing on a few weeks ago. The rest were power sanded with 40 and 80 grit to remove the majority of the roughness. This was not a furniture project. It doesn’t have to look pretty in the dungeon.

The bolts that make up the feet came from a Real Deal store in our community, where -most- everything is a buck. I think a dozen of these bolts come in a dollar package. The nuts used were in my parts bins.

The sheet rock screws I have had for some time and the wood screws used on the melamine top were also part of a package for a buck. The melamine was left over from shelving I had custom made for me at a professional office I had 20 years ago. I guess that makes the total cash outlay for this project $2.00 USD.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 12:51 AM

The original stand was not weighed before I started this project, but my guess would be it was under 10 pounds. Finished weight of this base is 49 pounds. No fat. All hardwood muscle. ;)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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#2 posted 10-31-2014 04:57 AM

Budget constraints certainly bring forth creativity. :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 10-31-2014 05:46 AM

necessity us the mother of invention.

Been there done that.

Eric in Calgary

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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