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Forum topic by JIM COLLINS posted 10-14-2018 03:31 PM 658 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2018 03:31 PM

I am starting to make cabinets and the doors are raised panels. (freud raised panel router bits) I have an older Skil router table which is ok and works for all bits except the raised panel bit. I can adjust the wings ok, but where the shop vac hose fits into the back there isn’t enough room , so I have to free hand it. I am looking for a new router table that will work with this bigger bit and I can use the fence. T he raised panel bit I have is over 2 1/2 inches in dia, any suggestions for a better table????

-- Jim in the U.P. nothing like the smell of fresh cut wood

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#1 posted 10-14-2018 03:50 PM

Would it work if you removed the shop vac connector? Because I don’t think it would be safe to free hand a panel bit. I Think I would just make a quick table on the fly before free hand attempt..

As for a router tables, there are lot of good ones out there and most will handle a panel bit…I have an older Bench dog that I like.

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 08:17 PM

the shop vac connection is part of the fence and will not come apart.

-- Jim in the U.P. nothing like the smell of fresh cut wood

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#3 posted 10-15-2018 02:21 AM

Jim: I have the Woodpeckers PRP-4-2420, that I got up, and running last weekend. I have done three operations on it, and can not say enough good about it. It is a game changer. Best of luck to you.


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#4 posted 10-15-2018 02:35 AM

Try making your own table. I have a rockler table, Kreg table and a homemade table the homemade table is just as good as the purchased table. I found it to be very easy to make the router table. It is bigger than the purchase one and has the Kreg track and a fence that I made. I put a Kreg router lift on it with the money I saved from building the table.

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#5 posted 10-15-2018 01:22 PM

A router table can be as simple as a piece of plywood with a hole in it and a router attached to the bottom. I made one using plans from Woodsmith 30 years ago (one of my first woodworking projects) and still use it when I need a larger work area than the cheap benchtop Rockler model I bought at a garage sale a few years ago. I simply clamp it to the edge of my workbench or put it on top of a Workmate. It is made so that a fence is attached through groves cut in the top so that you can clamp it down with wing nuts but for a temporary one you could simply clamp a board in place.

BTW, I now attach the router using 3 of these toggle clamps from HF.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 10-15-2018 01:35 PM

I echo Woodmasters thoughts, shop made router tables are better because they can be made to your specifications, I don’t care for the small table tops on store-bought router tables plus you can have so much more storage for all of your router accessories in a shop built tables, lastly if you are new to woodworking building a router table is a good project to learn different operations.


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#7 posted 10-15-2018 02:45 PM

Build your own router table, if you are wood worker and making cabinets certainly you can build a router table. There must a bajillion plans on the internet for them. Find one you like and modify it to exactly fit your needs. Bigger tops and longer fences are a main advantage of shop built router tables, put wheels on it to make mobile. Storage for all of the accessories and bits that go with routers, is another advantage.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 10-15-2018 03:36 PM

This is an easy and money saving DIY project.

Make is nice a big. Mine is 27 X 43.

That said, I can see the justification in buying a commercially made fence.

The base can be anything, but something with storage is well worth it.

Here’s mine its patterned off the one Mark Sommerfeld build video on YouTube.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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