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Forum topic by niki posted 04-12-2007 09:05 AM 1312 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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niki

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04-12-2007 09:05 AM

Good day

As you noticed, I made many jigs and fixtures for my table saw. The reason is that the TS is almost 50% of my tools.

The other 50% (almost) is the router table.

I’m working in a garage that the car must go in every night so, everything must be “portable or foldable”.

If I want to work with the router table, I have to fold the TS first and vice versa.

So here it is, my crazy router table…but I love it…

Regards
niki

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Karson

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#1 posted 04-12-2007 03:32 PM

Very interesting Plunge Router modification. with plunge capabilities while drilling. How are you controlling the depth when you are using the foot petal?

-- 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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niki

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#2 posted 04-12-2007 03:53 PM

Thank you Karson

first, I’m setting the bit height with the screw (height adjustor) and the caliper and set (lock) the depth stop.

I remove the screw, and install the Pedal and I “step on it” till the depth stop engages, when I drill, I “step” 2~3 times (not in one “shot”) to let the dust out.

Soon I’ll post all the procedure of doweling, it takes minutes and the accuracy is amazing, looks like Lego.

Regards
niki

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Bill

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#3 posted 04-12-2007 05:20 PM

Way to go Jigman (Niki). That looks like a great table. I like that ability for the plunging with a foot pedal. The only thing I can think of is it might be a little high, causing someone to loose their balance. Maybe it needs an addition to lower the pedal to almost ground level? Still a great jig.

I can’t wait to see the doweling function.

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

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Ethan Sincox

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#4 posted 04-12-2007 06:15 PM

Your ingenuity is amazing, Niki. It is inspirational.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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niki

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#5 posted 04-12-2007 06:44 PM

Thank you

Bill
You are correct, the Pedal is a little bit high but, when I’m drilling, my two hands are holding the work so, it’s like you put your both hands on a table and lift one leg, I don’t have problem but maybe, you can make some L extension to the pedal.

Red Headed Marganser
Considering that my hand skills are…lets not talk about it…I developed this “Idiot proof” method.
What I like in this method is that the holes are drilled very clean, straight, flat bottom, fit exactly to the dowel size and the parts fits like Lego.

I think that this “Pedal” idea can be fitted also on “normal” router table without many modifications

I’m going to “shrink” (resize) the pics of doweling and post it by (your) tomorrow morning

Thanks
niki

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#6 posted 04-12-2007 07:27 PM

I have enjoyed every one of your posts. I know when I see a new post from you, I’m going to see a well thought out elegant solution to a problem. You are the master of handmade jigs and fixtures.

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niki

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#7 posted 04-12-2007 09:00 PM

Thank you so much for the compliments Mike

I don’t agree just to one word, “Elegant”...

niki

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Lou

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#8 posted 04-12-2007 11:30 PM

very nice, i only have a garage that two cars go into every night, i just made a small router “box” that i set on a table, and im also using a plunge base until i can afford a fixed base. great idea! great work!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (lucius-hill@comcast.net)

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WayneC

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#9 posted 04-13-2007 05:16 AM

Elegant and economical!!!! I agree with Mike.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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