Once I bought a router, I knew I needed a table...

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Project by woodrookiepatriot posted 07-20-2021 06:26 AM 1108 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently bought my first router, and I quickly learned that I wanted to use it in a table for the type of cuts that I want to make for building cabinets. I made this set-up with nothing but stuff I had on hand. I know it is very rudimentary, but so far it is doing what I want it to do. And I have very limited space to work in. I think a small dust-collection system is next…

When I bought the BOSCH Colt trim router I thought it was a good choice, based on dozens of reviews that I’ve read, and people I talked to. So far I couldn’t be happier, and this is all a huge learning curve, for me, building a router table recess, and milling cabinet door frames through it… but it seems to work. ( And I’ll get better/ cleaner as I go, I think)

I was able to get a few good pieces trimmed up for framing some doors! The Router table is open for business…

-- BAM

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#1 posted 07-20-2021 10:11 AM

Good start ’rookiepat’... and welcome to LJ.

Now that you’ve got a miro adjustment router, you’d be ready for a Beall wood threader.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 07-20-2021 11:45 AM

so it may not be the most attractive tool in the shop but you built it out of necessity and most importantly it works

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 07-20-2021 02:29 PM

i think your gonna realize real soon that your gonna want a bigger router,a trim router is gonna be very limiting.welcome to lj’s.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 07-20-2021 05:44 PM

Early router tables were very similar, though most did go for a uniformly flat top. You’ll find things move easier the flatter, and slicker the top is. But hey, if it served your purpose, that goes in the win column. :-)

Welcome to LJ’s

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#5 posted 10-01-2021 07:58 PM

A router table was one of my first projects in my shop (it showed too), when I was setting up. It was primitive but it worked. The picture is of the recently remade table with a new top, fence and insert. My point is that we all started somewhere downstream of where we are today. Use your new router and enjoy the way you made it do what you wanted it to do. Nothing in a woodshop remains static for long. We are creators by nature and as our skills improve so does our tooling.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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