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Blog entry by dewoodwork posted 09-28-2008 07:10 AM 7909 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A short while back I found a large piece of black phenolic that was destined for the local landfill.
I saved the piece from this terrible fate and turned it in to this…..

TS router table 1

router table 2

There have been times I wish I had two router table to save setup and re setup time. I think this is going to work out great for my availible space and needs. I bought the fence at the woodshows back in April. The fence wouldn’t work with my old table without some modifications so this worked out great.

This phenolic seems to be heavier and harder than the stuff they use on the commercial tops. I had to make very shallow passes with the router, and I was using a high quality spiral bit. At one point I was making a lot of smoke and even sparks which started a small fire. You really have to be patient milling this stuff.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#1 posted 09-28-2008 07:17 AM

you won’t regret 2 router table setups. I personally have 4. 2 are dedicated for stile and rails, and one of the other 2 most of the time has a roundover in it, the other is the one I change around. 3 of the 4 have PC routers. The 4th that keeps the roundover is a 10 year old Black and Decker Router/Shaper , basically an all in one unit. Bought it because it was a cheaper alternative at the time, and it would take a 1/2” shank, reversible stile/rail bit.

Now I personally have at 8 routers. 4 are in tables, one is dovetail, one is laminent, one is plunge, the other is ryobi fixed base. You can never have too many routers, or too many clamps!

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#2 posted 09-28-2008 12:06 PM

Here, here, I have 4 routers too, and 3 trim routers for small stuff. You’re right you can’t have too many. I bet I got that same ryobi fixed based, just bought it, on sale 30 bucks. Couldn’t beat the price. Works great for small stuff.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 09-28-2008 03:25 PM

A very nice set up.

I have 6 routers, & I can remember the many years, when I didn’t have any.

I don’t know how I did it without a router.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Bob #2

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#4 posted 09-28-2008 03:46 PM

Great idea. Setup time is a bit of a pain for most of us and very often we need to reset the router midway through a job and set it up again for the orginal cut
This is going to be a real time saver.
Now you have me thinking.

Bob ( who also owns more routers than his wife knows about.)

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 09-28-2008 06:22 PM

Thanks for the idea. This is a great setup and sure it will help reduce time spent setting up. I am trying to coem up with plans for my shop tool support systems, twin router tables never crossed mind unitl now.. hmm.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 05-02-2009 02:58 PM

Hey dewoodwork, I am very impressed. Your router(s) table demonstrates much more than a pratical tool. I represents your pratical creativity and attention to detail. I don’t need to see any of your projects to believe that you are an accomplished craftsman. Something we all strive for and few achieve. Keep makin’ saw dust and sharing your expierences with us wannbes.

Again, nice job.

-- Wood is good.

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#8 posted 06-11-2010 09:27 AM

I love recycling I picked up a 1/2 sheet of 3/4” white faced phenolic for free they had 2 full sheets as well but unfortunately I couldn’t even lift them so they went to landfill could have cried but it’s incredibly useful & you have built yourself a real nice set-up I expect we’re gonna see twice the number of quality projects now
Great job

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 04-01-2011 05:30 AM

There are no images now. I seen them the other day. Is there any way you can get them back on?

-- Nancy, Indiana

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#10 posted 04-01-2011 05:51 AM

Nancyn, looks like the server “village photos” is having some problems at the moment. I can email them to you if you would like to private message with a email address. if not try again later or tomorrow.


-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#11 posted 04-04-2011 06:33 PM

It was the cuttingboard I needed Sorry but you can email that to me please [email protected]

-- Nancy, Indiana

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