|Forum topic by hackery||posted 08-11-2016 08:04 PM||515 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
08-11-2016 08:04 PM
Please go easy with me this is my first ever jig / machine / device type build (apart from a table saw sled) and I know it looks like crap but it was made from scrap and I learnt some new stuff along the way.
Due to very limited space in my shed the only permanent workshop tool that is set up is my sliding mitre saw which I made a mini station placed between shelving that acts as supports for my “attic” which serves as sheet goods storage. I wanted to try making a router table basically because it looked easy and was cheap so I decided to turn my mitre saw station into a multi function saw station and router table.
I had room on the side supports of my recessed mitre saw base for a sheet of ply to sit on top of that would serve to be my router table top. At first the plan was when the router was to be used the saw would be lifted away and the router table set up would be screwed into place using insert nuts fitted to the supports but then that posed the problem of storing the router table when not in use and sort of a pain in the ass so I decided to hinge the back of the router table so it locks behind the mitre saw when not in use at 110 degree angle and held up with a simple latch. In the locked away position I have just about 1/4 inch clearance at the back for the saw rails.
The table was just made from scrap 18mm plywood which was my old workbench top which was really beat up covered in holes, paint, scratches, swear words you name it so was a perfect candidate. Cut a very rough squarish as I could hole in the middle and then cut another piece to serve as my insert plate. Four blocks were screwed underneath for the insert plate to sit on. The insert plate which was cut to a precise size on the table saw but then it had to be sanded into a the same squarish size to fit into it’s hole. Marked out the four mounting screws for the router base and hole sawed a 45mm hole for the router bit (it’s a 1/4 inch only router). As I wanted the router to remain attached to the table in it’s folded away position I used threaded insert nuts on the insert table support blocks and then M6 machine screws countersunk to hold the insert plate in place.
I used a cable tie (zip tie) to lock the power button on and then wired a 30amp chrome cooker switch to serve as the router on / off switch and mounted the switch on the front of the mitre saw table.
Next up was my fence… which given you can literally not buy t-track in this country (seriously!!) I decided to just router out two slots towards the rear of the table to act as guides and I ran two long M6 bolts with washers on both sides. I then learnt the use of pronged t-nuts to make crude knobs / handles for my fence because again you literally cannot buy knobs or handles anywhere locally. I have to say even though my knobs are very crude I am very proud of them they are just made from pine with the t-nut pushed on using my vise. I hole sawed out the pine and then shaped them with 6 sides on the disc sander. In hindsight I should have used plywood or hardwood for the knobs as two of the knobs are already cracking thanks to the prongs of the t-nuts.
Fence itself just two bits of different 18mm plywood with 11mm supports at the rear. I made a little dust extraction housing again with some 11mm ply and was lucky to find a old plastic port in my shed’s “drawer of madness” that fits my cheapo Makita dust extractor / shop vac / victim of abuse. On the front I wanted two sliding faces for less clearance around the router bits when required so same as the base of the fence I cut out two slots for each side and countersunk two M6 bolts per side with crude knobs at the back. Top part of fence face is non moving and just a slim strip of 18mm ply.
Well that’s it. It’s definitely not pretty but it’s rock solid and was really cheap total cost £12 / $20 US and the best part being it doesn’t take up any more room in my tiny 12ft x 10ft shed.
Having never used a router table I now need to learn!
Thanks for your time.
-- Notice woodworker and now metal worker - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK