Router table from 2007

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Project by Mark Shymanski posted 04-15-2012 06:03 PM 2513 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a router table I made myself a few years back. The joints are half laps glued and screwed so they would not move. The T tracks were an experiment that didn’t work out but I now use them to hold my Leigh jig when I’m routing dovetails. I actually retro-fitted a sheet of mdf onto the top as the lower layer was too small and not thick enough to mount the t track. I’ve since painted it with some left over melamine paint…makes for a real slick surface. Both times I cut the hole for the mounting plate I screwed it up (the second time less than the first so I think I learned something:-)

My Triton router live under the table, I really like the through the table height adjust. Thanks for looking.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 09:05 PM

This table looks great. I had tracks in my first shop made router table, but I didn’t like them because they kept filling up with sawdust (or router dust if you prefer).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 11:35 PM

despite your mistakes—-has it turned out to work well for you…I need to make one…the router is a tool I would really like to learn how to use more…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 03:22 AM

Mike, the last picture is the dust hood I clamp to the table and the hook to the DC. It does a great job of recovering most of the dust.

Matt, you’ve got to make a table, it opens a whole horizon of utility for the router. I’ve even set it up to do jointing on very thin pieces. This table was maybe 50 or 60 dollars to make including the router plate and a good weekend to build. I learned a lot about cutting half laps, and would do them on my table saw with a dado blade the next time I use them.

I was just looking through some old WW magazines and found a great explanation of the way I should have routed out the hole for the plate. I’ll dig up the reference for you if you like.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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