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Duckster

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10-01-2014 12:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router table

i now have a cheap router table. I bought one that is like 18”x24”. It has worked for quite a while but I’ve progressed to more detailed work so I’m going bigger.
I went today and picked up 3 sheets of 3/4” Maple, one sheet of 1/2” double sanded and one 4’x4’ sheet of Maple.
I have several ideas, but looking for suggestions.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus


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Fettler

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#1 posted 10-01-2014 12:27 AM

I also have a cheap router table which i picked up off craigslist. I like the router cabinet designs some of the other members have made and might make one myself one day.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/83925
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/51802
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/28260

I really haven’t been using my router for much other than round over though lately.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 10-01-2014 12:34 AM

I designed my own and it worked quite well for the base. One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of folk ultimately have trouble with the weight of their router causing sagging in their table. So you will definitely want to support the table as fully as possible.

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Duckster

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#3 posted 10-01-2014 01:20 AM

Thanks for the knowledge. I am looking at the plans of one of Norm Abrams cabinet. Not sure what personality of my own I can incorporate into it.
Thanks Fettler, I really like the looks of the cast iron table top from Bench Dog. I’m going to investigate them.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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timbertailor

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#4 posted 10-01-2014 01:50 AM

I have gone through several router tables. They seem to get bigger and bigger, as the years progress.

It has become my favorite tool in the shop.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 10-01-2014 01:53 AM

Check out the router table made by Steve Ramsey on You Tube.

Or mine…
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/101964

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 10-01-2014 02:46 AM

I built the “Norm” router table about 5 years ago….I ordered the plans and video of the build….I would think you can still get them, but not sure…..I changed up a couple of things that was on his….For one, I used 4” dust collection where he used 2 1/2”...I have a couple of pics of the changes…..

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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Duckster

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#7 posted 10-01-2014 02:52 AM

Man, that would be great if you did post them. I got the free plans but didn’t see any video.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 10-01-2014 03:02 AM

Ok…I can do that….if I can get this dang Photobucket to load up….Sometimes I just hate this thing….

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#9 posted 10-01-2014 04:30 PM

I built the Norm Abram’s cabinet, Love it! and I did not build his top, I used the Rockler top that I had on my old router table. If you have the room for it, It’s about the best thing going.
I made several modifications to Norm’s design to suit my needs, like I put my AC switch on the front and moved this here and that there, but it’s still the norm design.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Todd

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#10 posted 10-02-2014 07:30 PM

Here is mine. It is pretty simple but meets my needs.

Click for details: Mobile Router Table Base

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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Duckster

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#11 posted 10-03-2014 12:30 AM

Todd,
Looks like you put some thinking in your cabinet. I am assuming you have to lift the lid to change depth. I really don’t like that, as I have to do that on my one now.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#12 posted 10-03-2014 01:34 AM

I am working a cabinet similar to Rick’s my top is 24” x 36”. The laminate was glued on today and trimmed . The next step is to build the cabinet.

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Duckster

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#13 posted 10-03-2014 02:30 AM

I have never built my own top. Question, is it easier to router the fence and top before gluing the famica down and trying to cut it, or router it after installing famica? I was concerned rather the famica would chip when I tried to router.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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Rick Dennington

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#14 posted 10-03-2014 02:39 AM

If you notice on my r.t. I didn’t use a plexy door…I opted to use a 1/4” Birch ply panel w/ oak hardwood trim…

I was trying to match all the ply as close as I could, so hence the door panel….With 4” suction at the fence (I built a special box to accomodate the 4” connection) and a 4” hose going to the cabinet, with a Y, it takes care of both places, and keeps it pretty darn clean…...

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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Rick Dennington

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#15 posted 10-03-2014 02:41 AM

Build the top, glue the laminate down, and then route the top, and do the fence the same way….

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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