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Forum topic by juicegoose posted 11-04-2010 09:27 PM 2259 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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juicegoose

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11-04-2010 09:27 PM

Guys I’ve got a triton on the Xmas list but until then all I have is my pc-690. Yes it’s a small router and not ideal for table use but I’ve got to make some doors this weekend and need to mount it somehow for a rail and stile bit set. The router curently rests in a d handle base but I’ve got the fixed and plunge base just sitting around as well. My thought was to simply take a piece of 3/4” mdf and screw it to the bottom. I can clamp a simple fence onto this but will it be sturdy enough or should I double up the mdf or just use 3/4” ply instead of mdf??

Naturally I need to keep this cheap and quick.


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#1 posted 11-04-2010 10:00 PM

juicegoose—With a 3/4” MDF table top, I’d be concerned about getting enough of the bit seated securely in the collet to a) run safely, and b) get a clean cut (vibration could be a problem).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 10:18 PM

MDF would probably get the job done, but I would be worried about it deflecting depending on how big of a piece you used. As TheDane said, you might have issues with the thickness of the MDF not allowing the bit to protrude through far enough. I think Lowes sells low end router tables that will fit a PC router. Your best bet might be picking one of those up and then returning it when you’re done.

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juicegoose

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 10:19 PM

I don’t have the router in front of me but couldn’t I just adjust the height in the fixed base. I know it rotates to adjust depth of cut not sure how much it would go though.

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 10:22 PM

Thanks Vrt for the router table idea but not one to buy use then return when I’m done.

Would a piece of plexiglass do better given that it’s 3/8” thick or so?

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 10:23 PM

On page 9 of Bill Hylton's book, on router tables, he shows an example of what he calls the Po’ Boy Router Table.

I bet you could throw one together pretty quickly !

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 10:45 PM

NBeener – Freakin brilliant!!!!!

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 10:46 PM

I’m sayin’ ..... :-)

-- -- Neil

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intheshop

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#8 posted 11-05-2010 03:40 AM

My first router table was a piece of 1/4” ply with a sturdy frame of 1×3 oak underneath that kept the ply from flexing. worked out pretty well.

-- Fast is fine, but accurate is final. The real trick is learning to take your time when you're in a hurry. - Wyatt Earp

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#9 posted 11-05-2010 08:03 AM

Juicegoose, not an expert on the subject but I tend to research as much as possible when it comes to woodworking and when I was educating My self on routers and tables almost everything I came across on the subject of using large router bits in undersized routers is a dangerous proposition but if You do decide to do so,mounting it to a table top is a must ! With larger bits vibration is always a factor so it is best to have a stable,flat and hefty top.MDF is commonly used with good results. I do recommend reading up on do’s and don’t’s and and as always be safe !! Good luck .

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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Timthemailman

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#10 posted 11-10-2010 09:50 PM

Here is a small shop built table
http://www.bobsplans.com/BobsPlans/RouterTable/RouterTable.htm
And this is a fast and easy one also good for a back up or portable table
http://www.woodworkingtips.com/etips/etip040700wb.html

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