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Forum topic by Steelwinky posted 03-05-2007 06:21 AM 13445 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steelwinky

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03-05-2007 06:21 AM

I bought some material to build a router table out of. Can anyone give me a source for a good router table plan? I am most interested in how to cut the hole for the table insert without screwing it up. Any suggestions?


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Obi

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#1 posted 03-05-2007 08:10 AM

Check this out for a design

What kind of material did you buy?

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#2 posted 03-05-2007 08:37 AM

Actually, it was a piece of bowling lane. Apparently some sort of synthetic with a very dense core.

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#3 posted 03-05-2007 06:15 PM

Obi, maybe you should send him a copy of that vertical/horizontal router table. I think that would be great to build.

A hole saw should work for what you need, if it is just a hole. If you are going to put a plate in instead, then you just have to cut out a square or rectangle instead.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#4 posted 03-05-2007 06:37 PM

Yeah, maybe a hole would be ok. I was thinking a plate, but i can really see no reason that a hole wouldn’t work. Also, I think a horizontal/vertical table would be great. I have ran into a sitiation where I was trying to rout the end of a board 6 feet long, and had it standing straight up in the air.

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#5 posted 03-05-2007 11:21 PM

I bought the Woodhaven Horizontal router table I use it for mortises. When I was building my cradle I needed mortises at 8 degrees. And this tool allowed me to do that. After some modifications on my part.

I suggested to the mfg make those modifications on the ones they sell and I believe that they did.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 03-06-2007 03:24 AM

It sounds like they need to make a table that will go from vertical to horizontal, and all points in between. That would allow you to do the mortises at any angle you needed. I am not an engineer, but it seems like that would be doable at least.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#7 posted 03-06-2007 03:33 AM

There was a table like that, that was shown at woodworkers shows. I believe that they were bought by Hawk

In fact here it is.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 03-06-2007 03:45 AM

After looking at both of those tables, I think I want to make that mortise jig vertical. That way I can move the stick instead of moving the jig.

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#9 posted 03-06-2007 04:18 AM

Obi: I’m confused by your comment. Were you referring to both of the tables that I linked too.

If you were, in your comments about moving the stick instead of the jig. Were you referring to the Woodhaven or the Hawk tables?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#10 posted 03-06-2007 04:58 AM

Steelwinky,
I don’t have any plans but here are a couple of pics of a table I built. Originally I just had a hole in the top and screwed the router base to the bottom as someone suggested. Eventually I got tired of the tedious process required to change bits and sometimes I could not extend them up as far as I wanted because the table was too thick. This past weekend I installed the aluminum plate and it works great. The plates can be ordered from a number of places, the best price I could find was from MLCS. One other tip – make sure the fence is dead flat. I had to sand the face of the outfeed fence to get it co-planer with the infeed face. Otherwise you get bumps in whatever you are trying to route.
Hope this helps.
Chris
Router Table Back
Router Table Front

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#11 posted 03-06-2007 05:04 AM

Karson the woodhaven table gave me the idea that i could fix my jig, and steelwinky your link is dead

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#12 posted 03-06-2007 05:14 AM

Obi: Its a nice table. They also have a router mount that you can set your router at any angle from 0 to 45. I bought it and have installed it but that feature is unused.

I mounted a Harbor freight digital caliper on the table so that I can adjust the router bit with more accuracy The router table slides up and down on a aluminum track. It wouldn’t be hard to construct something like this.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#13 posted 03-06-2007 06:44 AM

I just built one it was only my second project and it works great. The plan is in Bill Hylton router book.

-- Billp

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#14 posted 03-06-2007 06:36 PM

Here’s a How to, to build a Router table, that’s a fairly simple design

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 03-06-2007 06:59 PM

I have a 20 year old Delta contractor’s saw that I inherited from my grandfather. Since I already had a table saw I decided to remove one of the steel wings from the Delta and replace it with a router table. It’s a simple table made of birch plywood with a store bought mounting plate. I made a dust collection fence for it that attaches to the table saw fence. It works great for everything I do, and it saves shop space.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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