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Derek Lane07/01/2010 20:51:36
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As the weather is cold outside and one of those jobs on the Tuit list I thought I would get around to building a router table.
 
This is a sketch of it should have some photo''s in about a weeks time
 
If you think you have seen something similar well you have
Olly Parry-Jones07/01/2010 22:46:47
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That looks sound, Derek.
 
Will the door open to the side? On mine, I hinged it so that it drops downwards. This way, the door doesn't get in your arms' way when you're tightening the collet below the table.
 
Have you started designing the fence yet?
Derek Lane07/01/2010 23:44:52
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The door will hinge on the left, when it is open it will sit nearly flush to the draw units (Draw knobs won't be as big as the ones in the diagram). The fence is designed but not yet down on paper. On the right is a small cupboard as I feel this will be of more use
Olly Parry-Jones08/01/2010 09:05:03
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That sounds good, Derek. I never though of hinging it like that. Don't rely on the screws alone to hold in to the MDF - ideally, they need a strip of hardwood or some dowels to bite in to. That's one thing I've learnt from my table.
 
I like the ventilation holes in the door. Very important, as the router tends  to get quite warm in there. A door definitely keeps the noise down, though.
Derek Lane08/01/2010 12:29:44
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This is the wood I am makeing it from

Recycled dance flooring
Derek Lane08/01/2010 12:31:39
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This is the progress so far Started 3 days ago

This is only dry fitted as there is more routing in the two compartment either side. The top front rail is only resting on top as have not yet notched the two dividers yet

Edited By Derek Lane on 08/01/2010 12:34:27

Sparky08/01/2010 13:02:25
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Derek
 
Is the wood covered on one side with rubber?
This would be a good sound deadening option.
 
The wood also looks about 1" thick, good for the router plate.
Look forward to seeing continue.
 
Well done so far
 
Marc
Derek Lane08/01/2010 17:05:48
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No it is not rubber it is a very thin embossed pattern not sure what it is but it sands off quite easily.
 
The other side has what can best be described as a spray on melamine type finish.
 
The ply is only 11/16" thick or 17.5mm which is a bugger as I drew the thing out allowing for 3/4" thick material. So ended up calculating measurements as I went along to allow for this
 
Shouldn't complain I got 6 pieces all about 4' by 4' for free

Edited By Derek Lane on 08/01/2010 17:06:54

Ron Davis08/01/2010 17:57:45
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Derek, the embossed side is for grip,and the other side probably a balancing finish. I expect you have worked that out for yourself though,
 
Ron
Derek Lane08/01/2010 22:46:02
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Yes Ron it is something similar to what is used on Ali scaffold tower platforms
Sparky08/01/2010 22:55:48
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That .5 mm will be a bugger to work without.........I had the same problem when I bought some wood described as 18mm PAR, got it home to find out it was around 15mm!

I'm sure your deal with the difference and it will look great.

Marc
Doug09/01/2010 10:53:18
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Good progress so far Derek.
 
Will it have legs, or some kind of mobile base, or is it for use on a bench?
 
It might be undersized ply, but it sure looks good quality, so well worth the head scratching as it will make an excellent router table.
 
good luck & keep posting the pic`s.
 
 
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Derek Lane09/01/2010 20:27:40
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No legs it will sit on my workmate as I have not got enough room for a full floor standing unit. But I have designed it so that if I get a larger workshop I can build a bottom unit for it to sit on
 
As for the quality of the ply I was offered it and stored it just in case a suitable project came along
Derek Lane12/01/2010 19:06:09
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Well main unit is now glued up. Looks very much as it did in the last picture but without the clamps.
Next job is to make the top so I can use it to make the draws and door
 
Will take some photo's tomorrow

Edited By Derek Lane on 12/01/2010 19:07:22

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