Build a router table #2: Router table top and fence

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 03-16-2012 11:20 PM 26126 reads 16 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The cabinet Part 2 of Build a router table series Part 3: Home-made router lift »

Really happy with the way this fence turned out. It’s got a lot of weight to it, is square, and moves pretty smoothly. I found the clamping system in a great book called Woodworking With The Router, by Bill Hylton. If you want a good, basic router book, I recommend it.

Next week I plan on making a router lift. Not sure how that will go. I have all the parts and can start this weekend!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 11:46 PM

very cool Steve….

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 11:50 PM

Good video Steve. Nice router table.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#3 posted 03-17-2012 12:16 AM

Nicely done, Steve. Norm would be proud!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 03-17-2012 12:33 AM

thanks Steve
very nice table

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#5 posted 03-17-2012 01:27 AM

I think that is the first time we have seen you in a white tee shirt!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#6 posted 03-17-2012 01:32 AM

You’re doing very well on it… Looking GREAT!

That is going to be a very nice Router Table!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 03-17-2012 01:33 AM

Steeeve-O… long time fan but man you cut the hole for your router plate the hard way. All you had to do is set the plate on top, clamp or carpet tape boards around the edge of it, then remove the plate and use your flush trim bit against the boards you clamped… I have something similar and like your sliding fence that locks… I use clamps on mine, which sux btw. Love the weekly vids keep em comming :) :beerz:

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#8 posted 03-17-2012 01:44 AM

Brian! Where were you earlier this week?! You’re right…that sounds like a much simpler solution. I was following the instructions that came with the Kreg insert plate. I wonder why they don’t use your method?

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#9 posted 03-17-2012 01:45 AM

Looks like it’s coming along nicely. Looking forward to how you create the lift.

-- Doug

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#10 posted 03-17-2012 02:09 AM

nice work Steve and very instructional videos for the project. I made my router table attached to my TS due to space constrains, but simular fence sistem.

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#11 posted 03-17-2012 02:10 AM

Love watching your vids Steve. Nice job and innovative stuff. Thanks.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#12 posted 03-17-2012 02:12 AM

I only made like 4 router tales haha… each with more features than the last. Thats why I said good job on your fence. You definately had good advice on that one. I will be building my 4th fence now that I incorporated into my new table saw (old one is too long).

Another tip… chamfer the bottom of your fence where it meets the table. It gives chips a place to get out of the way so you dont have to brush it away (as much) as you would otherwise. Without the chamfer your stock will not be flush to the fence (if there is dust in the way). And sometimes will tilt stock at an angle.

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#13 posted 03-17-2012 02:14 AM

Steve, you is making great progress on your router table!

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#14 posted 03-17-2012 03:27 AM

That’s going to be a real beauty Steve.
And your videos are great.

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#15 posted 03-17-2012 05:29 AM

The router table is looking real good! I think that you will be really happy with it.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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