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Blog series by BlueRidgeDog updated 06-28-2021 06:40 PM 7 parts 4624 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Lumber and Planning

06-14-2021 10:47 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 2 comments »

When I first setup the current shop, I purchased an inexpensive router table. I went with the Rockler brand as I liked their lift. Over time I did not care for the table top or fence. They worked, but the T track slot caught on work (and I never used it…to this day I still know of no router table operation that requires or uses a miter slot…though I can imagine using it for locking in a feather board). But I digress. I replaced the top recently with some birch ply and made ...

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Part 2: Cutting the big M/T joints

06-16-2021 12:51 AM by BlueRidgeDog | 4 comments »

I cut everything to length, sized for 18” drawer slides (they are okay in my opinion for kitchens, baths and shop furniture!). I then started cutting the big mortise and tenon joints for the fat maple sticks. I am actually making two of these so I have two carcasses to make. One is a table for the pantorouter. All in all I got the 32 mortises cut in the legs and have the tenons cut on over half of the rails. I had to stop as I need to empty the dust collector. Ne...

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Part 3: On to glue-up

06-17-2021 08:16 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 1 comment »

So I cut a small clearance miter on the tenons (so they have room to intersect in the mortise) and put a grove in the parts to hold a 1/4” plywood panel: I cut some maple ply to fit and did a dry fit: Once I was satisfied, I used west systems epoxy and started the glue up: Next up is boring holes for leveling feet, making the dust collection block off assembly (but the top has to be mounted first as you won’t be able to get to it otherwise) and on to drawers. ...

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Part 4: One Carcass Ready for Drawers...the other one lagging

06-20-2021 08:17 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 2 comments »

So I glued up the first carcass. I installed industrial wheels as well as drawer slides and made a top out of my favorite wood…Hickory. This is the base for the PantaRouter. The second carcass is lagging behind as I want to drill the holes in the legs for the leveling feet (while they are just sticks and can be worked), but I lack the right bit and am waiting for it to arrive. They had it at the local big box, but it had a 5/8th shank. I can’t use that in either colet!!...

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Part 5: Second Carcass Done, Drawers in

06-24-2021 12:29 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 2 comments »

The bit I needed for the leveling feet for the traditional Router Table came. I was able to get the 1/2 threaded insert in and them glue up the second carcass and get it caught up the first. I am using west systems epoxy for the large carcass joints. Here is where we are today: To get there I had to make the small drawer assemblies: These have the 3D printed bottoms (two of them anyway) that hold bits. The small drawer sub-assemblies were epoxied and screwed to the carca...

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Part 6: Ready for finish

06-26-2021 01:58 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 0 comments »

The first table is ready for finish. I made drawer fronts and sorted the electric. The second table still needs drawer fronts, but that will involve getting to the bottom of my drying stack. Either way I am waiting on more osmo from the brown truck. Almost there with this one. It is a massive improvement from my prior table and I feel better about it being part of my shop. I do need to put a bevel on the faces and do some sanding, but I don’t think I will guild the lily much....

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Part 7: Both ready for finish

06-28-2021 06:40 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 4 comments »

I got to the hickory in my indoor stack (on the bottom!) and made some drawer faces for the PantaRouter table. I also wired in the remote switch. Hardware was randomly gotten based on what was in the box and what was dirt cheap. Next and final step is some finish. I plan on just two light coats of Osmo and I doubt I will so much sanding, but I will take the top and drawer faces off to get the same finish on each side so they don’t bow. The dust collection on the router table is...

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