Router Table

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Project by Jordan posted 03-18-2014 05:10 AM 2983 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my router table I built over the course of a month in December 2012 / January 2013. The concepts are taken from a number of different sources which I can’t recall and modified to suit my abilities and needs.

I used this table as an edge jointer for about a year before I acquired a proper 6” jointer. It worked fairly well but had it’s limitations in that regard. The first thing that will be changed is the table top which I didn’t install all that well – workpieces have the tendency to catch on the insert plate edges in some applications. The fence is a bit of a challenge to position, but it locks down solid and hasn’t lead to any issues. The DC and paddle switch are fantastic.

Considering this is my first shop built “tool” I’m fairly satisfied with it’s performance. I have full sketchup files available by request, however I did not update them to adjust for on the fly corrections and adjustments.

-- Jordan, BC

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 12:48 PM

you will burn up your motor by having the suction in the cabinet.
A bosch 1617 sends air from the head to the bit…
you will be starving the motor of the air, since you will be pulling it away from the head.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 02:48 PM

Looks like a nice fence. What makes it so difficult to adjust?

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 04:22 PM

Jeff – thanks for pointing this out although I’m not too concerned as my DC doesn’t pull too hard in the router cabinet. However I will probably minimize the DC while running the router as a precaution. Thanks for the heads up.

LJackson – the fence adjustability issues is a result of some misaligned holes on my part and ‘creative’ use of hardware with the t-track. It is a bit difficult to slide in the t-track as a result. Otherwise the fence works quite well.

-- Jordan, BC

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 05:33 PM

Real maschine!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 03:24 AM

Jeff – what should we do? Seems a shame to only have suction at the bit….with both I don’t have any dust anywhere! Actually I don’t think I’ve tried without so I’ll give it a try. If it doesn’t pull enough are we looking at a different router that would cool differently? Also how drastic is this…. I don’t actually use my router table very often.

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#6 posted 03-20-2014 05:32 AM

I have seen many router tables that “starve” circulation from the router and decrease it’s life.
Providing another source of air for the router cooling is a very good idea.
One solution I saw in a woodworking magazine was a large diameter PVC pipe coming from the outside and covering the top surface of the router.

That’s just my 2ยข worth!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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