|Forum topic by SomeClown||posted 04-02-2010 06:17 AM||2814 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
04-02-2010 06:17 AM
Just a quick introduction to say that I recently became a member, and am loving every minute of all the posts, pictures, wisdom, etc. I’m new to woodworking (needed a hobby other than my day job… computers) and am in search of many, many answers to many, many questions, but for now I’ll just start with a couple.
I’ve decided to build my own router “table” into my existing workbench (photos below) and to that end bought some things I’ll need like a fence, t-tracks, miter track as well as some things I want like the 7518 router, Bench-dog Pro lift, Freud bit set and some other insundry parts. My thinking is that I’ll finish off my workbench (which has a 3/4” plywood surface) with another 3/4” finish quality plywood, and some trim. Considering I built the thing with 4×4s, deck screws (mostly… unti I brought out the big framing gun) it should be fine (I can park my bike on it with no flexing as it stands now.) So:
(1) I’m confused a bit as to how I should cut out the opening for the router lift plate number one. I have ideas ranging from a straight bit and template, to sabre saw, to voodoo magic. None are fully formed plans yet, however. I mostly stare at my parts and contemplate.
(2) Cutting the grooves for the T-Tracks and Miter: straight-edge and the appropriate router bit?
(3) Standard distance for the tracks from one another and in relationship to the router bit?
And now some pictures. First one here is of the bench section (right of photo) where I’ll put the router lift (might have to click links to get the full effect… the forums seem to chop so the two following photos look the same.)
Next is a close-up of the same area:
And a bigger view of the whole workbench—there’s a lot of it—where I also plan to add a miter-saw station at some point, somewhere:
And of the other end of the “L” workbench, along with a big set of shelves I built at the same time. Nothing fancy here, and certainly not up to any actual woodworking standard—more construction—but it works for me as I get going. Now I actually have some places to put things as I contemplate the more fancy options available to me:
That’s it for now. Hope you enjoy!
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