I need a longer router table
I don't actually 'need' a longer router table, but do want one, as it would be quite helpful.
I have a reloading bench, with a removable top, for transporting in a vehicle. Don't use it, so was thinking to bolt it on one end, with a support leg to hold the end, it's not the lightest thing in the world. Well, that would work, especially if I had three hands to do it. However, there were enough negative decided to pass.
Then thought about making another router table, like my present one, except extended. But, I can't. Because I still haven't figured out how I made the first one. The top is three pieces of 1/2" plywood, supported by a spiderweb of 2/4 chunks. A long strip on the back, then a smaller piece on each side. The two side pieces are indented I guess you would say, to take the router plate, and lock it in place. Great idea, but not a clue where I came up with the idea, and even less of a clue how I made it to fit so accurately, or even slightly accurate. I think I have a picture of the top I can add. Then the 2/4s, the come together so a slight lip holds the router plate. How I did that I also do not know. I don't think I have a picture of the underside, but I'll try to take one and post it too. I've thought often about how I made the table. And I just don't know. Oh yes, the router, in the router plate, drops in with about a max of 1/8" clearance.
But problem solved, within the realm of reality. This should do it nicely, on both sides. Set a chunk of 2/4, cut to the front to back of the router table, on a level surface (with waxed paper under). Then butt glue several chunks of 2/4 to the first chunk, cut to the length I want to extend, not more than 12", more likely a bit less. Then, when the glue sets, flip it over, and glue an appropriate size piece of 1/2" plywood to it. When the glue dries, should be no hassle to glue the 2/4 end to the end of the router table, holding it with clamps, after verifying it is even with the top. Once the glue is set, I have no worries it will not hold. The present table is maybe the fourth or fifth, and I knocked the previous once apart with a shortened five lb sledgehammer - which took a minimum of four full strength blows in each part hit. Wood finally split, glue line still holding.
K.I.S.S. is still best - Keep It Simple Stupid. Now let me see if I can find a picture of my three piece top, four if you count the router plate.
Oh yeah, each of my router plates now have a hole drilled in the upper corner, so I can hang them up, router and all.
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Last edited by JOAT; 04-17-2017 at 11:50 PM.