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Forum topic by jonasramus posted 01-20-2011 05:04 AM 1539 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2011 05:04 AM

Hi All,

I’ve been a LumberJock Wallflower for quite some time, reading forums, admiring projects, and generally enjoying the site, but its finally time that I pose a question that I have not found good answers for in my research.

I work within a standard 20×20 two car garage and am considering building a 4’x4’ assembly/outfeed/router table to conserve space. I have an idea of what I want, but I would like to hear some input from the LJ community on the wisdom of this approach and to collect some ideas on design and construction.

Current concept: – torsion box top with one interior grid large enough to accomodate the router table insert and made with 3/4 MDF on top and bottom. – Woodpecker insert plate – multi-track miter slot – fence system from my table top router table – said fence riding in t-track – table top skined with removable laminate – base made of plywood cabinets for bit storage – dust collection port on the outside of the cabinet to hook up my shop vac. – simple wall-type light switch for the router and shop vac

Any advice and/or examples of similar applications would be appreciated. Thanks.

-- Jeff, Deltona Florida

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 12:41 AM

Hii Jeff.

I’m a fulltime pro and I have taught classes building a router table that I have designed. I say that not because I think I know more, but so you know where I’m coming from. I want the shop fixtures I build to be safe and permanent and pleasing to the eye and as budget-sensitive as I can accomplish.

First of all, thinking multiple use is good. I like that you plan and ponder.

The purpose of a torsion box is to gain flatness and strength with little weight. Usually the skins are very thin because they have so much support.

3/4 MDF is about 100 lbs. per sheet. And by itself, MDF is pretty darn flat. Would it work for you to build what is essentially a table, with a skirt and four legs and an MDF top?

Then you can build your cabinets for below and slide them in and attach them to the apron and a leg as needed and you’d have a terrifically stout, simple, inexpensive basic structure.

I’m curious about the “removable laminate.” I have plastic laminate (Wilsonart) on my outfeed table and it’s been there for 15 years. Some color is worn through, but it’s intact and smooth enough. There’s overhang so I can clamp things to it if I need to. If it ever failed in any way (Oh, I drilled into it once, but I filled that with Bondo) I’d just scarify it and glue a new layer on it and raise the TS up with laminate pieces.

I have never had the T-slot stuff affiliated with my inverted routers so I can’t speak to its value. I have one in the TS to the right of the blade and one in a separate table which has a fence with two different pivots and an arced slot for fine adjustments.

I hope you get more input so you can glean the best ideas that will work for you. Onward!



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