My first router table....

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Project by lilredweldingrod posted 02-16-2010 03:09 AM 4497 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The only place I could find room for the router was under the bench. Since this is my first try, I used as much scrap material for all the R&D. I still have to add a couple of features and work with them. Then I will make a permanent unit mounted under the bench.

I welded up some slides and a locking mechanism to make it solid when I’m routing. The melamine for the table is one and a half inches thick, 34 inches long and 23 and a half inches wide. I have room for the fence with no problems.

Well this is where I am at today.
No.1…Cutting my first dado with my new router setup.
No.2…Router and lift installed and working on a fence.
No.3…Working on my second fence.
No.4…ready to slide back under the bench.
No.5…Router and lift installed with first fence.
No.6…Miter track and miter installed.

The next is the dust box underneath the table and the dust control. I still need to make a guard for the router bit to keep my hands out of trouble.

Any suggestions or critics are welcome. Thanks for looking. Rand

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#1 posted 02-16-2010 03:19 AM

Nice, it is going to be one big router table!!! Like your dog, what kind is it?

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 02-16-2010 03:33 AM

Great start!

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#3 posted 02-16-2010 04:03 AM

thats even easier than you let on ,

those are LIGHT beers (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-16-2010 04:29 AM

good work i can’t wait to see it done.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 07:19 AM

Definitely a big router table…Very nice and a lot of storage undeerneath. Are you going to mount that 7815 in the lift? I have the 7815 in ine of my router tables and it is a workhorse.

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 07:30 AM

Nice work, Rand. That’s going to be a good setup

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 02-16-2010 11:00 AM

Everything sounds great! My only suggestion with your removable fence would be to use two pieces of T-track. Run them to the back of the bench so that, when you need to, you can slide the fence off. Just an idea… cant wait to see the finished product

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#8 posted 02-16-2010 05:27 PM

rand that looks great when you are done come on over and you can make 1 for me :)
just kidding but i do need a better router table that the 1 i have now post pics wwhen it is done

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#9 posted 02-16-2010 06:52 PM

Looks good.
Quick, someone call animal control, there is a wolf loose in Rand’s shop.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 02-16-2010 07:59 PM

gregb..I’m tossing around the T-track and one that swivels. What ever I do, it has to be flush and not interfer with cutting 8-12 foot stock.

Patron…I love the new self portrait. How did you hold the camera?

Greg the WhoDat…Yes, I am gong to use the PC and a woodpecker PRL. I wanted the V2 but I’m afraid the little wheel might stick up. Does any one know? Seens to me that it should be flush, but I’ve never seen one except on screen.

ohwoodeye…she’s just a little one and only takes little danty bites.

eddy…I’m loading the truck now and will swing by and pick up the material on my way…...uh I can’t get the chair in, to many tools, too little truck…oh well…

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#11 posted 02-17-2010 12:22 AM

watch it there men ,

i lift my leg ,
and my fangs ,

for treats !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 02-18-2010 09:14 AM

Excellent concept and engineering skills for multipurpose applications…well done.

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#13 posted 03-14-2010 06:04 AM

Sounds like a great plan cant wait to see it complete


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#14 posted 04-30-2010 03:44 AM

Hey I like the Makita Lithium Ion drill and impact set in the back ground. Looks like the low profile white version. I have the original green with the 3.0 amp batteries and I love them, of course I worked for Makita for about three years a sales rep. and fell in love. Is that an old door your using for the router table? looks smooth and solid.

-- Juan, Fresno CA.

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#15 posted 04-30-2010 04:51 AM

Juan, Actually it used to be a desk top. The dark side is the old top. I laminated the bottom with a maple Formica to seal out the moisture. I liked the lighter side and used it for the top.

I’ve been a fan of Makita and Hitachi for 40 years or better. Rand

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