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Forum topic by Jofa posted 11-15-2013 04:28 PM 628 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2013 04:28 PM

My new workspace is very small since we moved and I’m not ready to build a shed yet so I’m trying to use what I have. (aren’t we all)

I had a metal router table that was very small and would sometimes mar my projects. Got to thinking of just drilling some holes in my bench. Seems to work well. I’ll be removing an area and build an insert out of plexi or maybe some metal but this actually works for now.

When I don’t need the router, I just drop it down and I have a 2×2 piece of white board that I put on top of the bench to protect it from finishes.

Spit and glue.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 04:43 PM doesn’t take elaborate to produce excellence.

Very nicely done. – Grandpa Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 04:45 PM

Many people use a pice of 3/4 ply for a router table, and little more than a jointed 2X4 for a fence. If it works, it works. And in your case, its a smart use of space. If you built that box with said router table….its clearly very servicable.

Only thing I’d say is to be vigilant about removing the bit and/or placing that whiteboard over the hole when not in use. Even a stationary bit can be dangerous to your hands, tools, and workpieces. I could definitely see myself raking my hand over an exposed bit, earning myself a mitt-full of stitches. You also don’t want debris getting into your router collet, which would be mopre likely on a workbench.
But I’m pointing out the obvious. Sorry for the buzzkill
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#3 posted 11-15-2013 04:52 PM

Thanks GPL.

Tedstor, yes I used this setup for parts of the routing on that box. It’s funny how sometimes there’s that “doh!” moment where you realize certain things aren’t as complicated as you think. That’s what happened with this setup. However, I really do want to make it the right way down the line. Not sure how strong those screw holes are. I had to counter sink them quite a bit.

Definitely on board with your safety comments and protecting the router. Thank you!

I actually had a scare a few weeks back where the top of my thumb literally grazed a spinning TS blade. It was just enough to draw blood but thankfully it wasn’t serious. However, it WAS serious and I know it was a message .

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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