I'm going to build a Router Table (sort of thing) #3: It's Pudding Time!

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by KnickKnack posted 12-29-2011 04:37 PM 1695 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Progress is made Part 3 of I'm going to build a Router Table (sort of thing) series Part 4: It's finished (for now) »

Ah, I had today all mapped out, but fate decreed otherwise.
First I had to deal with a friend who was getting scammed by a PayPal scam. To say she was stressed is an understatement. How I hate those low lives who try to do this. And if they try this, why don’t they at least try and write proper english? Sigh.
And then there was a plumbing issue – I hate plumbing – I’m going to have to try the hosehair approach instead of the white tape.

Still – I’ve managed to find a few minutes.
I was intending to make a new top, put in a new hole for the cutter and generally do things “right”. But I ran out of my life time allocation of patience in about 1985, so I just ‘clunked it’ together…

Yes, the fence is supposed to be with the handles pointing away from me.
Yes, the fence is supposed to be clamped down after movement (actually, I did do that, but it’s not in the picture)
Yes, that’s the crappiest “wood” you’ve ever seen – just some leftovers from a bit of ceiling cladding work we did a while back. Not flat, not straight, but soft to limit cutter usage.

So, I attach two bits of it to my “not a box-joint jig”, which I’m about to use to cut box joints, so I guess I’m going to have to rename it.
I put in the 6mm bit.
And I cut.

Then 12 turns on each handle, for a movement of 12mm.
And I cut again.
I repeat a few times until I’ve done 5 cuts in all. I ought to do more, but I figure this is enough for a “quick test” for now…

I measure – seems within bounds of what a ruler will tell me.
Let’s take them off the jig and see if they fit…

You can only but imagine my amazement – needs a slight push to get them to interlock, but not much.

And in doing this small test I’ve already learnt a lot.
It’s nice to see the fence moving ever so slightly with each half-turn of the handles.
The handles are crap – they need tightening up. The size is OK, since there’s not much resistance pushing the fence away. I’d thought I might need bigger ones, but apparently not.
I need to take care of my jumper while I’m winding – twice it got caught up.
The handles are really too close to the struts, but I wanted them to be close to the actual struts to be pushing exactly there, so I’m going to have to think about that.
I think attaching a tape measure somewhere would be a good idea – I can count to 12, but when the jumper got caught up I might easily have miscounted or “unturned” in order to get it free – a measure would help.

In summary…
I think as proof of concept this works, and better than I’d expected. I need to try a “real” test with “real” wood, but so far so good.

Tomorrow I’m going away for a few days to party the new year in in Lisbon, but I’m smiling, and will improve this when I get back.

PS Did you win your bet?

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

0 comments so far

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics