I’m planning on building a horizontal router table and was first planning on following plans from Fine Woodworking issue #147 in which the height adjustment is done by pivoting a plywood swing arm that the router is attached to.
My only concern is how securely would the router height be maintained by a couple of wing nuts, during the routing process especially when a number of identical cuts have to be made.
Late last night I saw a picture of MLCS’s horizontal table and as often happens to me late at night, for some reason. I had a moment of clarity, everthing clicking into place and I could see exactly how I could build this design and what to use for the various components. Before I start buying my materials, I just have a few quetions. First, I was thinking of using a press screw as the height adjusting mechanism as its fairly inexpensive (less than$20) and I’m wondering whether the threading would be to coarse for my purpose, in that the slightest turn of the screw might cause the bit to move to much, making it very difficult to finely adjust the bit height.
Next, I’m planning on having the plexiglass panel that the router is attached to riding on 2 pieces of Bench Dog
T-Loc Trac, which would be screwed (and maybe some JB Weld) to 2”anodized aluminum square tubing ($42 incld shp) . The tubing has a 1/8” thick wall.Or I could use 1 1/2 square tubing with a 1/16” wall ($27 incld shp). I would cut to fit wood to fill the inside of the tube, so that the screws holding the T-Trac will be more secure, having additional material to bite into. Having never worked with this T-Loc Trac I was wondering if it would be strong enough to take the repetitive torque and vibration of the router.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.