Foldable Router Table #1: The Idea

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Blog entry by abadr posted 09-07-2011 01:59 AM 1163 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Even though I have a decent size garage/shop, all tools need to be tucked away neatly since the space is used for metal working, photography, working on cars and of course parking. So space hogging fixed tools are avoided whenever possible.

The idea for this router table is to take an inexpensive foldable table and replace the top with a thick, straight and strong MDF top for routing. I will then be able to collapse the table and stow it next to a wall taking little space. The original top of the table will be modified to fit on top of the router table so it can be used as a table again without damaging the router top.

The router table top will consist of 2 layers of 25 mm (1”) MDF and will measure 600×800 mm (~24”x31”). The MDF will be glued together, laminated on both sides and edged with a strip of hardwood. Hopefully this thick top will dampen the router vibration alone without the need for a carcass. The skinny metal legs are a concern.

The fence will be made of finish plywood. Initially it will only feature a dust extraction port and will be locked down with clamps as I’m unsure whether to place the router in the middle of the table or closer to the front or the rear edge. I guess I have to use it a bit to figure this out.

I’m contemplating fixing the router top to tilt up as a lid on the existing table top. We’ll see after I finish the top.

I will be posting build pics as I go along. Any suggestions, or repremends are welcome :)

-- A.B. -- "Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment" -- Mark Twain

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 02:36 AM

The one thing that comes to mind when dealing with a 22000rpm cutter is to make sure the table will be stable enough under work loads and pushing forces.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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