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Quicky Router Table on the cheap

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Project by oldskoolmodder posted 10-09-2008 05:30 AM 5663 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an additional piece in what I will call my “on the cheap” series of shop tools/jigs.

Nothing at all special here, except for the fact that it came in very handy, and was quick and cheap to build.

!/2” MDF top 18” x 24”, and less than 1 whole 2” x 4”, cut into 1 1/2” thicknesses. and a few “scrap” pine boards I had let over from something.

These aren’t high end projects by any means, but simply to show the beginners and what not, that you can make many of the tools you will need for your shop, until you can afford something “nicer”.

Thanks for looking,
Ric

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric





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Derek Lyons

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#1 posted 10-09-2008 06:10 AM

I originally read that as “quirky” not “quicky”.... :)

No fence system?

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Toolz

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#2 posted 10-09-2008 11:44 AM

A straight board with a chopped out area for bit clearance and a couple of clamps make a good “down and dirty” fence.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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christopheralan

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#3 posted 10-09-2008 01:45 PM

Nice build. My first “router table” wasn’t even as nice as yours. I had a craftsman fixed base, clamped in my workmate upside down.

Nice job!

-- christopheralan

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oldskoolmodder

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#4 posted 10-09-2008 03:55 PM

While not in the picture, there is a quicky (quirky?) fence system, that is just held on with “C” clamps. But it’s mostly for a router that uses the bearing “caps” for outside edge routings.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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whit

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#5 posted 10-09-2008 06:43 PM

Now I’m wondering if I’m a beginner or a what not.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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oldskoolmodder

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#6 posted 10-09-2008 11:32 PM

No Whit, I suspect not. hehehe Think of yourself/us as uh, thrifty?

Barry, it’s all you need for many things. Who wants to spend $30 for $3 “worth” of metal? What do we learn by always buying everyone else’s stuff, when we should be capable of doing them themselves.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 11-17-2008 08:43 PM

That center hole is HUGE and possibly dangerous for a newbie…I use a piece of 1/4” Temp. Hardboard with the correct size hole to match the router bit I am using at the time . Almost a zero clearance safety device if you will. Hardboard is cheap enough and found almost everywhere . I like your project and have built my own router table after experiencing the junky metal ones on the market : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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oldskoolmodder

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#8 posted 11-18-2008 12:48 AM

Right, I understand. There are a few pics that I didn’t show on this, and it never really came up, but you are right. I never rout anything small on this table, so I don’t worry about the size of the hole that’s on there, but it does have a 1/4” MDF “cover” that slips tightly over the 1/2” table, flr those “zero clearance” times when I need it.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 01-13-2009 04:40 AM

impressive and cool!

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

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Hunterastin

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#10 posted 07-27-2009 03:56 AM

looks good, i have a couple of cheap craftsman tables that are junk, my list of stuff to build keeps growing

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Karson

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#11 posted 07-27-2009 04:11 AM

Even if you have a rouiter table, sometimes it would be nice to be able to set up a different router bit to make some cuts without not messing up a set-up that is currently needed and in use.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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