This Table Sucks

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Project by odie posted 09-18-2008 02:49 AM 6643 views 21 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you heard of the “Big Gulps”? Well put one in the bottom of a router table and it really sucks … BIG TIME. This is your standard “Woodpecker” router table that I put some built-ins into. You know drawers, walls, and a dust collection system that really sucks . The “big gulp” fits into an 1/8” groove on the sides, back, and the door. The chips go nowhere but down.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#1 posted 09-18-2008 03:01 AM

Wow, This is cool. Sometimes you appear to have a real brain!!!
LOL!!! Seriously great idea! I am impressed

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#2 posted 09-18-2008 03:03 AM

looks like a great system. I hope that you have the cfm to really keep it clean under there. I am thinking of doing something similar to mine.

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 09-18-2008 03:13 AM

MOTTHUNTER … nothing but net ….. It’s all down hill inside and 1100 CFM doing the sucking. Do you LJs know how hard it is to keep this clean from here?

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#4 posted 09-18-2008 03:15 AM

Looks great Odie. I’d like a second Router Table because the one beside the table saw requires that I reset the fence for table-saw and router operations.

Now my big question:
Have you seen anything that discusses where the router bit should be in relation to the front/side of the table. I’ve often thought that I’d like to have more table to the left of the router bit and more table in front of the router bit. For suporting longer stile and rails. On yours you look to have maybe 18” to the right of the router bit to the Incra Positioning fixture. And maybe 12 to the left.

Whats the best to have?? I don’t want a 4 X 8 Sheet of ply with the router bit in the middle. What’s your feeling on this?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-18-2008 03:30 AM

Odie, I have to tell you, that this project really sucks. ;p

Nice job!

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 09-18-2008 04:08 AM

Nice design. That is something else I need to redo in the shop.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#7 posted 09-18-2008 04:55 AM

Fantastic sucky project!

Now hows about painting that stain on the wall by the outlet. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 09-18-2008 05:10 AM

looks like a great job ! Is the router bit hole in the top the only opening in the table ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 09-18-2008 05:15 AM

Ok, Buddy.... You’ve almost got me fooled into believing that you have this “whole woodworking thing” figured out… nice try. (LOL)

If that router hole is the only opening, at 1100CFM, you probably wouldn’t need a feather board to hold the stock to the table…. and you’d probably lose the buttons off your shirt, too.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 09-18-2008 05:59 AM

Great idea for router table. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 09-18-2008 07:16 AM

ROFLMAF SteveKorz, those were my thoughts too, how the heck would you be able to slide anything past the router bit without a hydraulic assisted push stick.

But then Odie may just suck enough to compensate for the excessive table downdraft. That would negate any need for additional air circulation in the shop. Gives a whole new meaning to ‘dust devil’ (and he thinks he can fool us with that halo).

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#12 posted 09-18-2008 08:14 AM

Cool, Odie! That’s a lot of suck. Consider putting a slot thought the table on the “outfeed” side of the bit just beyond the router plate. No matter how much CFMs you’ve got the bit will still throw chips that direction during certain cuts like dovetails. That way they’ll just go right down the slot.

I love the “Big Gulp” idea, I’ve never seen it done on a router table. I’m sure you’ll see clones.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 09-18-2008 10:57 AM

Thats one big sucker Odie.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 09-18-2008 12:53 PM

Odie, have you shared this design with the folks at Dyson? They are pretty inovative, make great vacuums and may want to hire you for their team. By the way, do the windows in your shop bow in when you turn on your vac system?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#15 posted 09-19-2008 02:21 AM

You can’t see it, but there a small slider window in the back of the cabinet. This is used to relieve some of the pressure. That’s all I have to say about that ….. Sucker, Odie.

PS. the reason for the big gulp is there are no corners for chips and dust to hide.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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