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Shop Updates #2: Router Table! (finally)

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 06-28-2008 05:17 AM 2282 reads 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Table saw mobile station Part 2 of Shop Updates series Part 3: Router Table #2 »

well unfortunately i will not be able to have the table saw station that i was hoping for but a router table is something i need so i am making one on the side of my table saw. i started by cutting down all the MDF with my cousin pat’s (Anthrax) help. then i started putting the torsion box together. it is all based on where the bolts are for my table saw and in the center fitted for the rockler plate that i am planning on getting in the future just i don’t have the money now. so here are some pictures of the torsion box coming along.

then i put on the bottom skin flush trimming with a router, rough cut the center part for the router with my jigsaw and then flush trimmed it with a router. then on the table saw i cut off the part at the side so i have access to put the bolts into the table saw to secure the table.

then for the top skin. again i just put it on and flush trimmed it with a router. them i found the center of the table and drilled a hole for the router at 2 1/4” because i don’t go over 2 inches. then cut the little holes on the side for the bolts. the bolt holes are 1/2” down so i needed to leave that room for the bolt and the washer so i cut those holes.

then i did the top skin. as always put it on and trimmed it with a router. i used hardboard because it is cheap, decently slick so things can slide well, and because i didn’t want to deal with the contact cement much. maybe sometime later though. i also cut a 3/8” rabbet in the center hole so i can mount inserts there, and the miter track for my table saw miter gauge. it fit really well and i am happy it came out so well!

and the last thing i did today was put in a fulcrum pin. i do a decent amount of template routing so this is a must. i just epoxied a t-nut into the MDF and used a grinder, and file to remove the threads on the half bolt so i can screw it in and out. now i have a decently sturdy fulcrum pin. i even tried it out and it can hold even when i put a lot of pressure on it.

so thats it for today. tomorrow i will mount the router and attack it to my table saw. that should be fun!



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Betsy

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#1 posted 06-28-2008 05:19 AM

Looks like you are well on your way to having a nice router set up going.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#2 posted 06-28-2008 05:31 AM

Looks good so far!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-28-2008 06:41 AM

Nicely done. keep us posted when you have it mounted and bolted to the saw…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 06-28-2008 06:47 AM

Nice Router table. I am sure you will get tons of use from it. I wish mine had a miter gauge slot. I can’t really do it because I have t-slots (the kind for clamping) all over the bench I use for routing.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#5 posted 06-28-2008 07:24 AM

This is a cool project. You will be so stoked to have a router table. A router table is one of those things that can be made extremely simple or very fancy but is always so useful. This one is great because you kept it fairly simple and it seems that was on purpose because you may make another one some day that fits a different set-up with your saw station.

I have had four different versions of my router table set-up before the one I have now. And with each one I learned more about the features I like and don’t like based on how I used it. Everybody uses a router table in different ways and need different features, like the fulcrum pin you mentioned. I am glad I kept my first few versions simple because I ended up changing things as I went along.

My first version of a router table was attached to my table saw like yours. I found that this was not ideal for me because it generally committed both tools to one set-up and I could not go back and forth. But this will suit you just fine for a long time. The construction looks great. I’ll follow the progress.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#6 posted 06-28-2008 10:43 AM

Keep up the good work Dennis.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 06-28-2008 03:17 PM

I’ve got my router table on the end of my table saw and the thing I don’t like about it is the reason that I did it.

I have an Incra TS fence system which uses an Incra fence on the table saw and I also move it over to use on the router table. Invariable that moving is the problem. When I’m routing and I need a replacement piece of wood or a modification to a piece where you route two sides and then cut the piece on the saw.

This requires you to reset the fence so I’m thinking about building an additional stand-alone router table.

Good luck in you setup and enjoy it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 06-28-2008 04:18 PM

Let us know how well the Torsion box works, and if you get any sag.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#9 posted 06-28-2008 05:06 PM

router tables open up aloe of oportunities and make routeing slot easier.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#10 posted 06-28-2008 05:15 PM

ya they do. and i like to make my own just because like you said it opens up more opportunities. i can do whatever i want on it. and i can use the wasted space thats where my table saw fence rails are.

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#11 posted 06-28-2008 06:46 PM

Thats a nice router table Dennis.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 06-28-2008 10:31 PM

Nice info Dennis. I just finished my table board and the glue is now set. I love that fulcrum pin idea dude. Thanks for the info on it. I look forward to your next pics on how you mounted the router.

-- Jerry

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#13 posted 06-29-2008 02:10 AM

Torsion boxes! Fulcrum pins! You’re way ahead of me man!

I had to look those terms up in the dictionary!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#14 posted 06-29-2008 05:54 AM

good thing I helped DENNY

-- check out my amazing woodburning , Pat

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#15 posted 06-29-2008 06:01 AM

ya pat! if you hadn’t helped i think i just would have had to give up! lol

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