Router table for my Unisaw

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Blog series by ic3ss updated 07-24-2011 11:37 PM 4 parts 14493 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Laminating MDF panels

06-21-2011 08:35 PM by ic3ss | 3 comments »

Hey all, Yesterday I started on a router table for my Unisaw. I looked at all of the pre-made tables out there and all I can say is “expensive”. I thought I could make a table that was at leas as good as one I could buy, and maybe better because it would be custom. So here we go. . . . MDF being pretty cheap, I picked up two 24” x 48” x 3/4” panels at HD for $11. Added contact adhesive, a roller, a formica panel and my total was $60.00. I cut both panels d...

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Part 2: Cut out the center, mount the plate

07-06-2011 06:16 AM by ic3ss | 1 comment »

The table has been sitting for a couple of weeks while I took care of other stuff, all the while I’ve been contemplating how to arrange the table, like the T slots, miter slot, router insert, insert levelers, etc. I used three panels of 3/4” MDF thinking that it would be nice and rigid and wouldn’t bow over time. The problem is this thing is so damn heavy at 2 1/4” thick that after adding a router, it’s going to be so far out on the fence rails that I’m afr...

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Part 3: Pretty much done except a few finishing items

07-20-2011 02:38 AM by ic3ss | 2 comments »

Despite nagging back pain all week, I was able to complete my router table. Vicodin and Methocarbamol are wonderful things. I digress. . . . I routed recesses in the corners to allow mounting bolts to go in, and this took a while because the top is 2 1/4” thick. I needed several passes to get the depth I needed. I also routed out a couple of places just to lighten the thing up a bit. Turns out I could have routed out much more material than I did. Oh well. I put 2×...

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Part 4: Table completed, now it needs a fence

07-24-2011 11:37 PM by ic3ss | 0 comments »

I picked up a length of miter track yesterday in anticipation of using my new router. It arrived a few days ago and I’ve not had time to even open the box until today. I’m going, to write a review on it but I just have to say that it’s so gooooood!!. I’ve only got a 3/4” straight bit to use for the 1” wide channel required for the miter track so I had to make a couple of passes. There’s a world of difference between the 5/8hp Craftsman router, it w...

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