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11-03-2009 02:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router jig

A few days ago I posted my simple router table project, well here it is all set up.

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#1 posted 11-03-2009 02:25 AM

Add to that a melamine face to the fence for ease of use.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 11-03-2009 02:28 AM

I have to second both those comments. And maybe a piece of laminate on the plywood top to help things slide easier. Otherwise a nice job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 11-03-2009 02:33 AM

Looks good.

It’s funny, some router tables are super nice with all the bells and whistles, and I’m sure that makes them easier to use in different ways. But for anyone who has seen “The Router Workshop” that used to come on PBS (I think) then you have seen some guys knock out some really fancy stuff just by sticking any old piece of wood on there for a fence. About half way through the episode the fence would be chewed up so bad they would throw it away and grab a new one.

One day I hope to have a nice table, but in the meantime I use the example above to keep me from feeling so bad about mine looking like a piece of garbage. :)

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#4 posted 11-03-2009 02:38 AM

Add to that some type of vac/dust collection to keep the chips out of your way, and you’ll be kickin some project butt!

You shop is really coming along Charles !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 11-03-2009 02:45 AM

Good Job Charles
As time goes by you’ll find what kind of improvements you want . All suggestions are good ones.

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 02:53 AM

great work , charles !

this is the best way to learn ALL the processes .

buying fancy , doesn’t teach this to fast ,
but doing it yourself makes you remember .
and teaches you for your specific needs .

good job , enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 11-03-2009 04:43 AM

That’s a cool router table!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 11-03-2009 04:57 AM

yo whats up how did you post those pictues

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#9 posted 11-03-2009 05:41 AM

I use photobucket!

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#10 posted 11-03-2009 05:52 AM

Sweet, CJ!

Simple and effective. If you didn’t glue the clamping blocks onto the fence, you could widen the clamp strip and run it the full length of the fence. Cut out a semicircle for the bit area. The wider clamp strip will help reduce the oak fence from warping.


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#11 posted 11-03-2009 02:58 PM

It gets the job done. How about incorporating a dust port? Might just take some creative engineering with PVC pipe or something similar. Nice router as well. How do you like the Hitachi?

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#12 posted 11-03-2009 03:55 PM

Nice ! Simple but efective.

I agree with the suggestions to add some slickness with a piece of laminate.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 11-03-2009 07:06 PM

Charles, Nice router table

Several have suggested a laminate top. It would hold up better. I have some scrap laminate I don’t need. If you are interested, send me a PM with your address, I’ll send you a piece—for free. Oh, and give me the size too.


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#14 posted 11-03-2009 07:30 PM

Dust collection is a must. Not that hard to figure out, just look at the box stores or tool stores for the cartons the router tables come in. Borrow the idea of a tube behind the router bit and attach the hose.

great looking table.

-- No sawdust on the floor means no money in the pocket.

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#15 posted 11-03-2009 10:10 PM

I love my Hitachi, looking at getting a second router now.

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