The Quick and Dirty - My Take

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Project by manilaboy posted 03-20-2010 03:32 PM 2669 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My assembly table finally gave. All because of poor construction, poor materials and most especially from being left outside exposed to the elements. I have a very small shop. No way for me to store it inside. It had more than its fair share of rain, sun, termites and what have you.

I thought of a collapsible base from construction grade 2 X 3 pine but now using mortise and tenon all throughout. A good time to experience making tenons on a router table.

I threw this one up from a 14” X 24” ( I believe) piece of 3/4 inch plywood. I suspended the router on the edge guide holder on wood holddowns. Routed a groove near one of the long edges. A 1” X 1 1/2” of scrap screwed onto a speed square served as a miter bar. The lip of the speed square rode on the groove.

The speed square turned miter bar gave me fits. I ruined a workpiece because the cuts won’t line up. I forgot to true it up. I later found out that the speed square isn’t square. It was not even speedy. I also noticed that it tends to pull the workpiece the moment the bit bites. A piece of sandpaper glued to the miter bar solved that. Once tweaked to an acceptable level, tenons are a breeze.

I love routers. They are very versatile and accurate. But mounted on a table, it’s a whole new world. Speed, ease, safety, accuracy and repeatable cuts. You name it. This isn’t much of a router table and I am impressed. I can only wonder what those dandy RT’s here in lumberjocks can do.

I am definitely making me a better router table. Small shop be damned.

Oh by the way, here is the collapsible base I made..

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#1 posted 03-20-2010 03:45 PM

very nice work!

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

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#2 posted 03-20-2010 05:16 PM

All mortise and tenon! Well done for a router table.

Small shop you said? My first shop was 8’ x 8’, outside measurements. I had it for 7 years before moving to a new house with a…. garage (read workshop) (cars are meant/built to stay outside, right?). Even if my first shop was so small, friend and relative woodworkers were envious. Organization was the key. The important aspect is bieng happy with what we have. But dreaming (not desire) is fun too.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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Don Butler

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#3 posted 03-20-2010 06:12 PM

I thought you might be interested to see how I solved my problem of having no place to store a work table.

My design is made of very light but strong pieces and is stored flat against a wall.
Here’s the way it goes together.

The legs are just 2×2s and the other parts are quarter inch ply with half inch ply reinforcements on th edges.
The parts are connected with bed rail connectors.
The top is a torsion box with quarter inch ply skins. Its covered with a piece of hardboard to protect it.


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#4 posted 03-20-2010 06:34 PM

You’re right Don, light and strong. Great design. I can’t see any better for a folding station. Congrats.



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#5 posted 03-21-2010 02:25 AM

Remember, it isn’t the nice router table, that does the work, That is coming from the person who is creating the piece and the table. Sometimes, all that router table extraordenary can get in the way. Happy routering:

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#6 posted 03-21-2010 03:19 AM

@ Big Ike – Thanks. Encouraging words really come aplenty here at Lumberjocks. I appreciate it.

@ Serge – I did all mortise and tenon. I need the sturdiness as well as the practice. Probably more the practice. This is going to be a multi-purpose base. I saw the clamping/assembly table you have recently posted. It’s a perfect top for this base. I am definitely going to copy that one. Permission or no permission :-).
My shop is located behind the door in the picture. It’s roughly 10’X10’ and is a pathway to the rear of the house. You’re right I need the organization.

@ Don – Yeah that’s a good idea. Never thought of that though. I really like this site. There’s a constant flow of ideas being shared freely. Maybe next time. Thanks for the wake up call.

@ Dutchman – How I wish I could be that person. With all the inspiration and encouragement here at lumberjocks, I hope to get there sooner rather than later .

Thanks all.


-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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