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Shop Updates #4: Router Table #3 (with video)

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 06-29-2008 08:01 PM 2084 reads 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Router Table #2 Part 4 of Shop Updates series Part 5: Router Table - Dust Collection »

alright so now everything except for the fence is put together and it is looking awesome.

i added the apron and plugged all my holes with birch plugs just for the looks and i put on a coat of poly just to make the birch plugs turn brown because they are end grain so it looks cool, no other reason. i am planning on making the fence and also some form of dust collection and some storage for router bits and a couple other things. maybe even put some French cleats there. so here is a video of the router table in action!

p.s. i haven’t got any push pads yet so i don’t have any to use in this video. those would be safest to use. i will be getting some within the next week though.

so i hope that everyone enjoyed it. i love my router table and its such a great addition to my shop for about 30 dollars. and i still have enough mdf left over for a fence, storage and maybe even another small support wing on the other side of the table saw. might need some more mdf for that though. so thanks for watching, and i’ll catch you later!



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Betsy

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#1 posted 06-29-2008 08:32 PM

Looks like it turned out great! Just goes to show that you don’t need a lot of dough (that’s money to us old folks) to have good equipment. Looking forward to some routed projects.

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

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lew

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#2 posted 06-29-2008 09:06 PM

Denis, Looks Good!

Can’t wait to see the fence. Looks like you have plenty of space underneath for a storage shelf.

Lew

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 06-29-2008 10:06 PM

Hi Denis;

Nice job.

Not no knock your video or technique, please accept some advice.

Having to switch hand position in mid cut is nothing new, but you would end up with a more accurate and safer cut if you used a push stick. Pulling the piece across the cutter after having changed hand positions could lead to the piece being yanked out of your hands and shot across the room at amazing speed, or worse, pulling your fingers into the cutter.

A push stick will give you more accuracy and a safer operation.

Lee

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Betsy

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#4 posted 06-29-2008 11:12 PM

That’s a good point Lee.

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

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teenagewoodworker

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#5 posted 06-30-2008 12:08 AM

true lee. i haven’t made one yet though. i have one for my table saw which i misplaced and haven’t got around to getting another one yet. i am also going to get some of those little plastic and foam things that are used on the jointer too next time i order form rockler which should be about a week from now.

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lew

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#6 posted 06-30-2008 12:17 AM

Denis,

Maybe it is just me, but those push pads with the foam on the bottom are always slipping on the workpiece. I would rather have a device that hooks on the edge/end of the workpiece.

Lew

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

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Betsy

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#7 posted 06-30-2008 12:38 AM

Once again, I agree with Lew. Those foam covered things are not so good. I invested in several and they are gathering dust. I found that I did not feel safe using them. Also, if you slip with one of those and it hits the cutter – it gets pulled off and into the cutter and can potentially pull your hand toward the cutter also.

There is nothing that beats a wooden push stick that hooks the back of the work piece. Whenever I teach a class I always take plenty of wooden push sticks and hide those awful plastic and metal ones. The plastic and metal ones are just accidents waiting to happen.

I’m sure there are those who would not agree. But save your money for something else and use some scrap to make a wooden push stick or several.

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

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teenagewoodworker

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#8 posted 06-30-2008 01:05 AM

hmm… i always see the foam ones being used but now hearing it i see your point. i think i will make one that hooks onto the end of the workpiece. like the foam ones design just probably out of wood and with a hook on the end. thanks!

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matt garcia

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#9 posted 06-30-2008 03:47 AM

I think the tablesaw/router table combo is the most efficient design. That way you already have a straight square fence to register off of, and it’s already the right height! Great addition to you tablesaw!! Makes me wish for cooler days!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Sac

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#10 posted 06-30-2008 11:44 AM

Maybe it’s my internet connection but I can’t get the video to play. Just a note on the push sticks. I’ve never used one with foam before. I did make a couple and used the non-skid stuff you use in cabinets and or tool box drawers, Cut your strips and glue it on the push sticks. That table looks pretty sweet. I would love to see your fence your thinking of making.

-- Jerry

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Bill Akins

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#11 posted 06-30-2008 02:06 PM

The table looks great. I don’t know what I would do without mine. I love anything home made in the shop. You will get a lot os use out of it.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#12 posted 06-30-2008 04:36 PM

Great work!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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oakdust

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#13 posted 07-01-2008 02:17 AM

This may a little strange but I use drywall hand sanders for my router table. They have a wide base that is covered with a thick pad and so far have not slipped. I also use them with my jointer

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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teenagewoodworker

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#14 posted 07-01-2008 02:25 AM

cool idea. thats somewhat what i was thinking of just making my own using something like 1000 grit sandpaper. thanks for the idea.

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#15 posted 07-02-2008 03:32 AM

like so many other mentioned- nothing beats an old scrap wooden push stick with a hook on the back to grab the piece, and control its movement over the table. cheap, easy to make, and works the best.

other than that – table looks awesome!

Have you considered any type of enclosure under the table to trap dust for better dust-collection? thats one of the things that are usually missing in table-saw-router-table setups… just food for thought.

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

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