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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-14-2012, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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I've been having issues with my computer for about 3 weeks or more. Now it looks like I am probably going to lose all the saved pictures, the ones I can't access just now. So, dug around and found what seems to be the best picture of my router table, and I will tell you how I did it - that is, how I think I did it, things like this I seem to get spaced out while I make them, then when I'm finished I am not sure just what I did or how I did it. I am saving some pictures on my camera tho, and once I get the computer running as it should again, I will load those and see if I can't add some more detail to this thread.

This is the link to my router table. http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/data/...CANE_BUILD.JPG I measured it the other day and it is about 20" wide, and 18" deep. The top is all plywood. Under the plywood is a base of 2X4 pieces that are closely spaced, all glue fastening, then bolted to the bench. It is very level, along with the top, so I'm thinking what I did was assemble it upside down, on a flat surface. Then turned over, and bolted to the shelf it is on - so I can sit while using it (arthritis of the spine, bad joints). Then the back of the top was glued in place. That's one piece, with a rectangular notch in it for the plate. I think I cut that with the scrollsaw. You can't see, there's something on the top right corner, but the corner of the plywood router plate is cutt off - that is so when I make new plates (routing them with a template/pattern) I will know which side I want as the top, and it fits in snugly. There is a piece on each side that butts up to the sides of the router plate, the side pieces are glued in place also. The router plate fits very nicely in there, nice and snug, and is only held down by the weight of the router. I have 2X4 pieces that support the router plate for about 1/2" all around except for the front. That is open, to allow room for the router to swing up when you grab the front of the plate and lift, and the router just pops right up. I now drill holes in the new router plates, top right, for hanging on a nail, router and all. You could have the hole large enough to take a finger, then lift straight up, but I don't see any advantage in that, it's faster, and I think easier, as is.

The bit hole is sized so I can easily look down to see where the wrench goes when it's out of the table and changing a bit; you can have it smaller, up to you. You can see where two of the screws to hold the router to the plate are - I mark them by pointing a nail thru the screw hole of the base, then drill thru, then use a small space drill so it will take a washer, and the screw top be below the table top. That was for the original, now I have pilot holes in the master to tell me where to drill. I've got I think four routers, all with the same screw pattern. If I ever get another, with a different pattern, all I have to do is put a nail thru the screw holes of the base to mark where I need to drill. No prob.

I must have done a real good job on making those 2X4 pieces level, because the entire plywood top is nice and smooth, I can slide a small piece of wood across it just as smoothly as if it were just one piece. It's 1/2" plywood, if I didn't say. That's what I had, so that's what I used. No danger of sag, the 2X4 pieces are nicely close together. I don't use a fence, but if I did, I'd just make one that suited my needs, then clamp it at both ends. And if I wanted to use a sled with it, instead of slots, I'd just clamp a fence down, and make a sled that is guided by the fence. Probably ran about $5 or so, at the most.

I'm not real sure that's exactly how I made it, but am pretty sure I'd probably be doing it about that way if I ever make another. If I ever get this computer running the way it should, I'll take some pictures of my masters, and tell you how I made them - or at least think I made them. I'll be making some more later too, so will try to get pictures.

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It is nice to see a good project where someone does not spend a lot of money on extras that are not needed and may in fact reduce the effeciency.
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It is nice to see a good project where someone does not spend a lot of money on extras that are not needed and may in fact reduce the effeciency.
I'm on a fixed income, but could buy items I need; however, almost all of them are not exactly what I would need, so better to make my own and get what I want. Then there's the fact that making my own is cheaper, but I'd probably make my own even if I had buckets of money, more fun that way.

I dug around and found some more pictures of stuff, so will post links. Rather than make a bunch of posts, every time I find something I'll just add it to this post. Feel free to ask about anything.

I needed a bit more work space, so made this simple top that sits on my wood lathe. Nothing to hold it in place, it fits just fine, no movement at all. Very, very, handy. Thats my miter saw base on it. http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/data/.../LATHE_TOP.JPG
Needed a carrier to carry plastic bags from the grocery store into the house so they don't kill my fingers, and I can carry a lot more. Just scrap pieces glued down, then routed. Next picture shouws it routed. http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/data/.../MARK_4_2_.JPG
These are two bag carrier masters. They will get nail pilot holes, then I will nail them to a piece of plywood, and rout that out. Remove the routed piece, glue it to another piece of wood, and when the glue sets, rout that out; that'll give a 1" width, which tremendously eases the pain of those plastic bags on your fingers. You can copy these if you care to, I've made another design I like even more, but only for gifts, not for sale, copyrighted. http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/data/.../100_02821.JPG

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Eh, I haven't got that many picturds to find, so I'll just make a new post. This is a bit different.
I have a think for single-shot rifles, so a few years ago bought a new Savage .22. Turned out the safety lever was bent, rust on the bolt, and a few other issues. Had bought it at WallyWorld, so had some issues about taking it back, but finally got a refund, which I promptly applied to a new Marlin .22 - world of difference, very nice rifle. As a kid I hunted tree rats with a .22, so decided to make the rifle I would have killed for as a kid.

This is the first version. Cut out a section of the butt, and routed a cheekpiece. There's a few other mods, including painted stock, and the scope. The stock was painted because if you're hunting, and lie your rifle down, it's not really easy to see it usually, so this shortens search time. Included in the picture is one of the wooden figure banks I make, routed out, and one of my homemade canes. The new series of canes will all be laminated wood (glued plywood), because I slipped on my snowy steps last winter, and wound up on my face on the ground, with that cane in two pieces under me. I don't want a cane that breaks, so new canes.
http://www.homegunsmith.com/cgi-bin/...-3-37032-1.JPG

Decided to upgrade the rifle this year. All the mods are plywood, glued and routed. All of them. The hook at the back is so it can be hung on a branch, rather than lie it on the ground, and be easily seen.
http://www.homegunsmith.com/cgi-bin/...-3-38497-7.JPG

Then decided to do just a bit more modding, and cut the wood hook off, shortened the butt just a bit, and use a brass coat hook for the hanging, and to give it a steampunkish look. As strange as it may look to some, it fits me better than any rifle I've ever seen. And was fun to do.
http://www.homegunsmith.com/cgi-bin/...-3-99393-8.JPG
This last paint job is orange. Which is what the other one was supposed to be. But when I mixed yellow and red, instead of getting orange, I got pink - much more pink than the picture shows. So, got some new, and brighter, red paint, and this time was able to mix up a reasonable orange. I actually found some pictures of the build, but didn't feel like getting the links to those and posting them, maybe later. It's a pain, not being able to find my saved picture files, be happy when I get this computer back to normal.

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As a kid I hunted tree rats with a .22, so decided to make the rifle I would have killed for as a kid.
You mentioned "tree rats"... being from Canada I've never heard of this species but I was wondering if they might be related to our "Bushy Tailed Rats"?

I wish that I could use your rifle to discourage these vermin from destroying my garden and fruit. Unfortunately here in suburbia it's frowned upon and some people even think that the Bushy Tails are cute.

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tree rats = squirrels ?
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I think they are the same--just a guess.
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Hi guys - I'm new to this forum, just reading around to get the atmosphere. Here's a simple table I attached to the side of a Hitachi tablesaw:



For a fence, when I need one, I will use a length of aluminium rectangle-section and G-cramps. It's quite a useful table, I've routed a recess on the underside of the plywood that's the shape of the router to absorb the torque when it's under load.

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Hi guys - I'm new to this forum, just reading around to get the atmosphere. Here's a simple table I attached to the side of a Hitachi tablesaw:



For a fence, when I need one, I will use a length of aluminium rectangle-section and G-cramps. It's quite a useful table, I've routed a recess on the underside of the plywood that's the shape of the router to absorb the torque when it's under load.

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Hi guys - I'm new to this forum, just reading around to get the atmosphere. Here's a simple table I attached to the side of a Hitachi tablesaw:

For a fence, when I need one, I will use a length of aluminium rectangle-section and G-cramps. It's quite a useful table, I've routed a recess on the underside of the plywood that's the shape of the router to absorb the torque when it's under load.

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jc, that looks like a very useful setup, but it leads to a question ... can you provide a few more details how you attached it to your table saw? i like that approach very much and may do the same.
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