|Forum topic by Kenny||posted 02-15-2012 05:49 AM||8727 views||1 time favorited||6 replies|
02-15-2012 05:49 AM
First, I’m sorry if this is the incorrect section for this, I couldn’t make up my mind between this and power-tools, and since this isn’t really a power tool, but is a fixture used with a power tool, I put it here.
Anyway, I’m looking for ideas for a shop-built horizontal router table from others who have built them. I’d really like to see pictures of pieces that other LJ’s members have built so I can get some new ideas.
I have a model that I built, but I’m not thrilled with it really. I would like to find a better way to build the X-Y axis for the slot-mortising function, but not anything too complicated. Just free sliding, minimal play and good stops. Bearing drawer slide are my first thought, though I’m wondering if there are other options.
Also, I would like to see how others have attached their routers and control the up/down adjustment of the router.
Mine simply has a block that clamps around the body of a router that runs in two vertical tracks with a piece of all-thread through a cross-brace at the top of the tracks to lift and lower the router. I also have 2 locking knobs on the sides of the router block to lock it in place.
I will put up pictures tomorrow detailing my set-up. If anyone has suggestions for it, I’m all ears.
I’m really considering a new unit entirely that uses a router plate rather than a clamping block around the motor, and also use sliding dovetails rather than a simple wooden track.
My other thought is to simply use 80/20’s aluminum extrusions and build the entire unit from those.
It’s all up in the air right now, I just need some fresh ideas so I can start designing again. Though I have learned what I DON’T want!