|Forum topic by mdoleman||posted 02-22-2016 05:27 PM||597 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
02-22-2016 05:27 PM
So, I just recently completed my first router table project. It was both frustrating and fun. I am more or less pleased with what I ended-up with, but some refinements are needed.
I am somewhat “new” to table routing, and routing in general. It isn’t that I’ve not done it before. I’ve actually had a smaller table for a long time. I just don’t use a router all that often—i.e., it’s one of those things that I’ve erroneously looked at as an “outlying” solution which I tend to avoid. I built a table because I wanted to have it as a more accessible and usable option. Anyway, here’s an image or two of my initial efforts with it:
So, it all seems to work pretty well, but like I said, I need some refinements and corrections. The fence is just something of my own clueless design, and it doesn’t seem to work very well. It’s about 4 inches high and 1.5 inches thick. It’s held in place by a couple little Incra right angle thingies (in back). It’s not as stable as I’d imagined. I mean: it’s fine until it’s not… Any amount of even slight “kick” from the bit seems to push the fence, and it disconcertingly is quite surprisingly easy to tilt it back a bit—even just normal pressure from pushing the stock through seems to flex the right angle holds enough to tilt it slightly. So it’s obviously got to go in favor of something else…
Tell me: what did I do “wrong” here, and how do I fix it? Please note that awful miter gauge is just a “placeholder”—I just wanted to check-out fit. I’m going to implement something much better there (and I wouldn’t mind suggestions on that, too).
I don’t do much with my router: rabbets, box joints, etc. Simple stuff.