I made a video awhile back on improvements I feel I have made to the Deluxe Router Table featured on the New Yankee Workshop with Norm Abram. In the video I do not have a router fence on the table, for good reason…..I am still designing one that will do everything I like. I attach a temporary one when needed.
There are several changes I think that needed to be made to be more practical in both design and cost. Example of topics covered:
Enclosed router compartment- not necessary and waste of materials and time.
Dust collection set-up- a real waste of time and money. Not efficient. A dust collection set up on the fence is what is needed, not down below in the router compartment.
Router table height- too low. I am a short man I would hate working on a router table at the their designed height. Bring it up taller for efficiency and most of all safety.
Drawer utilization- too many drawers equal too small. Lessen the number of small drawers to three and have room for tall bits!
Additionally learn how to save time and money on the table top, switch, and other tips.
The purpose of the video was to show a more practical approach to the fabrication. Most of us just don’t need the bells and whistles that are in the original design. Save money and make it affordable.
I hope the information is helpful. Thanks for viewing.
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