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So as I have mentioned in an earlier post I have been building a French Cleat-based shop. Well, as I was constructing the "cleat" tool rack-things, I realized: I don't like how these are having to be put together. I was having to abut two pieces of wood at 90° angles, and, I don't know, I just didn't like how they hung. I mean, it was fine for screwdrivers and chisels, but if I were going to be constructing some tool holders for my drills, jig saw, palm sander, etc., I wanted something different. Something where the constructed piece wasn't supporting the tools with just brad nails and a little wood glue.

I figured a router table would get me what I wanted: one piece fitting into another, after I routed a channel which would provide wood-on-wood support to add to the durability of my constructed items.

The table construction would be pretty basic for me, I some of my leftover 3/4" Sande ply wood for the entire thing.

I left the bottom open, but added a 3" strip to the bottom so I can clamp it to my workbench table top for stability.

To cut the shape that would accommodate my particular Rigid compact router, I scribed the shape and then drilled holes that would allow for me to use my jig saw. Using the jig saw, I cut the shape while leaving a little "fat" on that I then sanded down with some 80 grit and 100 grit.

The trickiest part was routing out the top for the compact router guide plate to fit in, without taking too much off and sacrificing strength. I ended up building a square "jig" to help me guide the router around with a 1/4" depth. Honestly, I thought this was where I would mess up. Somehow I lucked out.



Once I routed out the material to accommodate the plate and I tested the fitting of it, it was time to build a fence. I wanted something I could adjust, and I think it came out pretty good. I'd have preferred to have tool less adjustability (at the moment its a philips head) but I couldn't find the right sized wing nut bolts. I'll probably find them at McMaster Carr, I just haven't looked.



In any case, take a look. I've used it already and it works like a charm. I'm very excited as this project resulted in even less scrap than my projects normally generate, so I feel like my sketching, measuring, and cutting are getting better.

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A nice useful router table. Nice design.
 

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A nice useful router table. Nice design.

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Thanks!

One slight issue I did find the channels in the "feet" of the fence do have a slight variance with regards to maximum length. So one side can get about 1/8" closer to the far edge of the table than another. To fix the issue, I have marked a centerline as well as offset lines at 1" increments. I'm going to use a v-groove bit set at a very shallow depth to make these lines a little bit more permanent. I'll be doing this after the stain, so the lines stand out a little bit.

Anyways, I'm still very happy with this project and am excited to use it to build even more projects.

Cheers!
 

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Nice! Might be adaptable to use as a horizontal table as well.
 
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