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Blog series by ShannonRogers updated 07-13-2008 07:22 PM 5 parts 19602 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Making room for the bench...

05-31-2008 08:15 AM by ShannonRogers | 5 comments »

So as my work (and obsession) has turned more towards hand tools, and my recent reading of Chris Schwarz’s workbench book, I decided to make some shop adjustments to make room for a nice Roubo bench in my near future. I you look at my shop phots you will see a long L shaped counter top with a corner desk. While this has provide a lot of work space, the rooke mistake was in my using really wet construction grade lumber that proceeded to warp and twist out of control over the seasons. ...

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Part 2: Table Saw Extension Router Table #1

06-01-2008 04:26 AM by ShannonRogers | 5 comments »

After completing the new counter top, my next step will be to breakdown the adjacent cabinet that I used to store my 13” planer and bench top router table. Eventually, I will store the planer on the bottom shelf of the workbench. I have been eyeing the Maste-R-Lift from JessEm for a while so I thought this would be a good time to invest. First I glued and screwed together 2 pieces of 27×20” 3/4 MDF and edge glued and biscuited some scrap 3/4 ash to the sides. Here i...

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Part 3: Router Table #2: I hate routing MDF!!!

06-06-2008 01:45 AM by ShannonRogers | 3 comments »

Let me just start by saying…I hate to rout MDF!!!! Thank goodness for the respirator, air cleaner, and dust collector. That stuff is nasty to cut, but routing it definately takes the cake on the least favorite things to do list. Anyway, when we last left off, I was about to install the table into the table saw. Because of the location of the hold in my TS rails, I needed to use screw inserts. I friction fit the router table into the TS and supported it from below to keep it...

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Part 4: Router Table #3: Putting in the plate and installing the fence...

06-11-2008 01:17 AM by ShannonRogers | 3 comments »

So I got the Mast-R-Lift in place and did some tweaking of the leveler screws to get it flush with the top. Next I needed to think about the fence. I know that I will be able to use my TS fence, but I have this Rockler fence floating around from my old drill press table. As far as I can tell, this is the same as their router table fence just a little smaller. I think it will work fine for my purposes and I can always modify it later if need be. Here I routed the channel for the T b...

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Part 5: Router Table #4: The Final Chapter...

07-13-2008 07:22 PM by ShannonRogers | 4 comments »

This is excerpted from my blog: The Renaissance Woodworker. So after getting the table top installed and making some cuts I was overjoyed with how it was working and the complete lack of setup needed to get cutting. The router lift makes my life so much easier. I used this table for my recent flurry of Adirondack furniture builds (10 chairs, 6 footstools, whew!) to round off all the edges on the slats. You can only imagine the pile of sawdust on my floor by the end of that session. I a...

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