New Router Table part 2

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Project by Josh Pendergrass posted 01-13-2008 08:54 AM 3870 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, these, are some pictures of the new router table. This post is merely going to be an addendum to the part one to show a few extra pictures.

The first picture shows one of two 10 gauge hot rolled steel angles that were made for me for the fence. I had originally planned and ordered a 3” x 5” aluminum L angle from a local aluminum supplier, but the price tag was $43 and they treated me like jerks, so I was just going to order another one from somewhere else before on of the shop supervisors at work said they would make me one out of 10ga. I was apprehensive at first because accuracy was imperitive, but they brought we not one, but two into the office and both were of superb craftsmanship. I offered to give the guys a little something for their work, but they wouldn’t let me. I am definitely at least going to have to get lunch for them or something.

the second picture shows the other angle in use. I routed parallel two slots 18” apart and filled them with Rockler T-track. The fence itself is made from 5/4 maple. It is actually three parts. The bottom two are 4-1/2” tall with a 1/8” rabbet on top to support the bottom of a 36” length of Incra T-track plus (with the little measuring gauge. The bottom two pieces slide in and out to adjust to the router bit being used. The top piece has a 5/8” rabbet on the bottom which is filled by the better part of the Incra track.

The third picture shows the Porter Cable 7518 installed into the Woodpecker 421a router lift. It is a very sturdy mount, though I think I want to bolt it down into the table somehow.

-- rtwpsom2

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#1 posted 01-13-2008 11:37 AM

Excellent project. You should get very accurate results from this table.

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#2 posted 01-13-2008 02:42 PM

Rob that fence looks great, but how heavy is it with the steel??? Makes me think is is very heavy…true? And I like that lift, seriously thinking of getting one myself, let me know how it works out.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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Dominic Vanacora

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#3 posted 01-13-2008 05:42 PM

That a great looking router Base. I can see you put a lot of planing into this project and even more work. It will last you two lifetimes.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#4 posted 01-13-2008 05:49 PM

Very nice setup! Do you get any flex from the angle plate?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-13-2008 06:04 PM

Nice addition, nice to have friends in the millwrights at work heh? mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 01-13-2008 06:24 PM

Actually, Jim, it is not as heavy or as hard to adjust as you would think. It is truning out ot be a nice setup. Gary, I get more flex from the table than I do from the plate. The laminated mdf top will probably be replaced some time in the future with 5/4 or 6/4 maple. I didn’t glue anything to it just in case I need to move the hardware to a new top. I am still not certain how long the mdf will last.

I used the table with a temporary fence to make the wood pieces for the final fence and the only issue I had was in the chips not clearing, but since I had no provisions for a dust port in the temporary one, that shouldn’t be too big an issue with this one. It will have a dust port that tee’s off the big one in the cabinet.

-- rtwpsom2

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#7 posted 01-13-2008 09:43 PM

Nice project and a great addition to the shop.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 01-14-2008 11:47 AM


-- Jiri

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