New (old) Router Table

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 08-05-2013 12:53 AM 5280 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We brought our daughter to her friend’s birthday party yesterday and my friend (the dad) showed me around his basement wood shop. He had several more tools than I do like a band saw, bench grinder, lathe, and 2 router tables (the kind like you get at a home store). He had 2 router tables because he found them online and the price was too good to pass up. Well,we were leaving and he told me he would just give me one. I was very excited about this, let me tell you, because I’ve been needing one and have been looking at some simple plans recently and figuring out how in the world I was going to afford to build one. Well, this one will work out great until I can make a nice one on my own.

It’s an old benchtop Craftsman router table. He had a Ryobi one as well which he was going to give me, but then he realized that the screw hole pattern in the Craftsman table didn’t match his Ryobi router. Well, I happen to have a Craftsman router which was graciously given to me by another LJ a year ago.

So, it’s obviously old, but not bad for being free. I just have to buy some bolts to attach the router to the table. It has a dust collection port which would be nice if I had dust collection. That, of course, is on the list.

I will build a base for it and make it about the same height as my table saw.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 01:08 AM

That’s great!!!

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#2 posted 08-05-2013 07:22 PM

Kids birthday party, dad gets awesome gift. :) I like it.
Happy routering!

-- Never is longer than forever.

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#3 posted 08-05-2013 07:41 PM

It’s a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 08-05-2013 09:54 PM

great score can’t beat free!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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