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!