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Shop built router table
« on: October 21, 2021, 01:41:12 PM »
After spending a year or two looking at both router tables and shapers, new and used,  and not finding anything that I was satisfied with I built my own.

I bought a Kreg router lift.  The "fence" is one unit with independently adjustable oak fence boards. Once they get adjusted then I can adjust the whole assembly to the router bit.  This is really nice! The table is laminated 11 ply 3/4" fir plywood(1 1/2" thick).  I coated the whole thing with Minwax polyacrylic. Adding Johnsons paste wax to the surface made it incredibly slippery - I mean slippery-like frozen pond with dust slick. WOW! The rollers at each end are movable and tilt slightly towards the fence, pulling the board toward it.

Dust collection port gets most but not all the chips.


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Re: Shop built router table
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2021, 01:53:58 PM »
Very nice work.  A router table is one tool that you are better off making your own.  My cabinet is nothing fancy, but its the fence that really makes the tool.  I built my fence with some pieces of HDPE that someone gave me and I really like it.
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Re: Shop built router table
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2021, 08:00:02 AM »
Thanks! I agree about the fence too.  I wanted something for doing long material.  My next upgrade will be a roller instead of a finger board to keep it tight and closer to the cutter. 

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