|Forum topic by revanson11||posted 02-04-2013 11:00 PM||3781 views||1 time favorited||5 replies|
02-04-2013 11:00 PM
Up to now I have had a very unsatisfactory router table. I basically used the Delta extension table that came with my contractor saw (3/4” particle board with laminate), cut a hole for a plastic insert and I was ready to go. I hung my PC 7518 under it and got to enjoy many years of substandard router table fun. After 20 years of hanging under the table the insert and board had a good 3/32” of sag. This made it tough to do any precision work.
Enough already, time to move forward and build a good solid, precision router table with a router lift. Once again the good folks here at LJ’s provided me with lots of ideas and suggestions on how to go about it. I still wanted to have the router table act as an extension wing for my table saw and to utilize the mobile frame that was part of my old system. About this time my local hardware store decided to go out of business so I was able to pick up a nice supply of 2” and 1 1/2” 1/8” thick aluminum angle at a very low costs. I laminated both sides of a 1 1/4” MDF panel and trimmed it with red oak. The top is hinged so that it can be opened for easy bit change.
I wanted to incorporate a router lift mechanism in the design and found a link to a home built one that was published in the American Woodworker. This looked like a nice design, would be fun to build and certainly fit within my budget.
The whole project was fun to build and somewhat challenging. So far I am very happy with the way it turned out, good dust collection, accuracy and a joy to use. Here are a few more pic’s of the finished project.
-- Randy, Central MN