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05-08-2013 10:17 AM

Hello to you all,

New to woodworking and I would like to pick your brains about a table top.

I made a table base that I can fold for winter storage in my garage (the boss wants to have the car in the garage when winter starts).
What do you think about the table top. Has to be easy enough to drop it on the base, just by myself. I was thinking about 38*72 made out of 3/4 plywood.
Would like to attache a vise at one end (left side) and would like to install a router somewhere on the right side ( a cut out and insert the plate). I have a Grizzly plate and a Craftsman router, and I also built a router lift from one of the woodworking magazines
The base, when open, is 36” by 60”. My vise is about 10” wide and I was thinking about 1” pride for the front and right side.
What do you think? Any Ideas? Am I doing it right?
Your opinions are welcome.

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 03:17 PM

Just a small thought: a 1” overhang isn’t much if you’re going to clamp a workpiece to the top. I have a three inch overhang and occasionally wish I had four.



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#2 posted 05-08-2013 03:42 PM

I’m thinking a collapsible table with a 3/4 plywood top is a little light for a workbench with a vise. But I could be wrong. It’s happened before.

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 05:24 PM

I have to agree with muleskinner about 3/4” being a little light as mine is two pieces of 3/4” ply and it is just barely rigid enough in some cases.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 05-08-2013 06:36 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

If you are going to incorporate a Router Table into this table you may want to consider a Torsion box table top for flatness and stability, as it will better maintain it’s shape. MDF makes for a better surface than construction grade plywood.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 09:03 PM

Thank you very much for your input.
I already purchased a 3/4 Oak plywood so my next move will be to get another 3/4 ordinary plywood and laminate it to the Oak plywood. Unfortunately I already cut it to 3872”. Would the 1 1/2 will be OK?
The vise will be used only for wood.
I was thinking about some 1
3” under the table top.
I want to mention that only the base is folding and is about 7” thick when closed. I have to, by myself, lift the table top in the spring and take it down in fall.

Also thinking about a router lift, like Rout-R-Lift II, but I don’t know if my Craftsman router will work. Have to find the darn model no.

Again thank you for your ideas. Anyone has a router lift for sale?

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#6 posted 05-09-2013 03:05 AM

In my opinion this is one of the best:

And it will hold almost ant router!

I have bought, and returned, a number of RL as they look good on paper but are deficient in one area or another based solely on my requirements, one of which is that it fits into a Benchdog router table.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 05-09-2013 02:06 PM

To rich for my blood. What about this Rout-R-Lift II?

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#8 posted 05-09-2013 03:52 PM

The biggest difference (other than the obviois price) is when you upgrade routers the Master-Lift II will accommodate other sizes!

Actually they are both good RL and I would settle for either over many other brands.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 05-10-2013 03:17 PM

I purchased the Rout-R-Lift II and a 2nd 3/4 plywood, so my table will be 1.5.
Do I still have to use some braces under the table for more stability?

Thank you for all your help.

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#10 posted 05-25-2013 12:37 AM

Instead of two sheets or 3/4 plywood ( which is real heavy!!) I’d build a frame under the sheet you have with some 1 1/2” boards screwed and glued under the top for reinforcement. Do you plan to pull off the vise and router lift each time you take off the top? you might want to make a pulley system from the ceiling to lift off the top easily if you have to do it your self.

Take a look at the Woodpecker Quick Lift. It fits a 3.5” diameter router and it real slick to use. I love mine that I put into a router station!

What ever kind you get, don’t trust the dial for lift distance. Get some kind of measuring device ( indicator, digital caliper etc) to check the position of the cutter.There is back lash in the threads and it does not move exactly as it shows on the dial.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 05-26-2013 01:41 PM

Hi Jim,

You are right. The 2 sheets are heavy but I managed to flip it over a couple of times by myself. Like I said before I hope to take them down in fall and put it back on the base in spring. I hope I can find an easier way of doing it and your idea of a pulley system is great. I will see how I can do it.
I installed the vise and I’m working on making a template so I can cut the place for the lift. That’s the job that I’m most afraid, afraid that I’ll miscalculate the opening.

Wish you and to all woodworkers to have good weather for your projects and barbeque.

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