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My name is Earl, and i'm in Northern Indiana, USA. I've done a number of home improvement/mainenance projects over the past 30 years--but when my wife wanted to hire someone to build a cabinet/bookcase last winter, i started tinkering.

I manage group medical accounts for a living, volunteer on my township fire department and county's haz-mat response team. For kicks, i get to spend several weekends a summer as a motorsports rescue worker--an unusual part-time job.

With the help of Craigslist and the auction site, i have managed to acquire a nice collection of tools--and learned enough to know there is a difference between owning, using and mastering each one. Have made a few boxes, the bookcase my wife wanted, rehabbed a shed and built a few tool stands in the past several months. I log into the BT3Central forum about daily, and i've been reading here off and on since December. Finally getting ready to build up a decent router table--so i'll be a little more regular.

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Welcome to the forum. Good to have you here. I've built a few router tables and I don't think I made the perfect one yet , in fact, I'm still not sure what the perfect one looks like, but I've learned a lot in the process.

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Greetings Earl,

Welcome to The Router Forums. Thanks for taking the time to tell us more about yourself and your interests.

There are several threads here dedicated to the topic of building router tables. It is also interesting to notice that you are a BT3 member. I joined that site as well, not long after I picked up a 3100.

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Thanks Bill and Charles. Been looking through the threads at table builds. The only thing i know for sure is that mine will NOT be perfect!! I have a 48" base cabinet with an open back and 2 drawers that was used as a book cabinet, so the current plan is to beef that up as a base. For about 15 years i've had a 24 x 60 office table top that is 1 1/8" thick MDF with Formica on on side--hated that i brought it home every time in moved it. But now...that looks like a good candidate for the table!!

Built a garage in 1996 and bought my BT3000 at that time. Most years since it got used once or twice a year. Been used a ton in the last 6 months. Have learned a lot on the BT3 site, but it's time to pick up some router skills.

Now if i could just find the "how to measure correctly and cut correctly forum" i could get somehting done!!

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That 24x60 top sounds interesting! I picked my 3100 up off of Craig's list for $50 and spent another 140 getting a replacement blade guard and the accessory kit. I have seen pictures where people have picked up a spare set of fence rails and used them to extend their setup to double width. With summer arriving, mine should start seeing more use, I wheel it out into the drive way and let the wind do the dust collection.

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Thanks Bill and Charles. Been looking through the threads at table builds. The only thing i know for sure is that mine will NOT be perfect!! I have a 48" base cabinet with an open back and 2 drawers that was used as a book cabinet, so the current plan is to beef that up as a base. For about 15 years i've had a 24 x 60 office table top that is 1 1/8" thick MDF with Formica on on side--hated that i brought it home every time in moved it. But now...that looks like a good candidate for the table!!

Built a garage in 1996 and bought my BT3000 at that time. Most years since it got used once or twice a year. Been used a ton in the last 6 months. Have learned a lot on the BT3 site, but it's time to pick up some router skills.

Now if i could just find the "how to measure correctly and cut correctly forum" i could get somehting done!!

earl

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The 24 x 60 will have to have 8-10" cut off one end that has gotten kicked around over the years, but will still make a great starting point.

I scored a spare set of BT3000 rails over the winter--still not 100% sure i'm going to use them. I tend to cut sheet goods with a circular saw/sawboard, long cross-cuts on the RAS or miter saw, and i've got a pretty good sized assemble table--so i don't know that the extra rails have a great use to me. May end up selling them to help fund RT parts (plate, T-track, etc)

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Well for some reason this site is bound and determined to get me typing again.. well so be it....As far as health goes, I'm kinda rotting at the roots. 57 is not an old age, it just is for me. well keep rolling along. As I mentioned in my other introduction Im a bit brain fried bipolar etc, so I try to keep a sense of humor, it is tough sometimes but I have my woodworking around I like to work on high end canes but admittedly they are all in my mind. Still I'm reading alot and have some pretty fair equi]pment and this has taken me down the pathway of wood as a fine art form, some of the work Ive seen is stunning Someday I'd like to get to that stage, but really its in my dreams... so all I have are aspirations and on good days the motivation to pick up something and work on it... So lets go guys I need motivation OK? usuelly a picture of some one way better than me, that helps..... Thanks for the welcome blessed be!
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IMHO, It's the cutters that can and will destroy a crafter's pocket book, even more so if when any trace of 'tool addiction' or 'binge shopping' traits are present!

Our philosophy on cross cuts is pretty much the same.

Odds are when it comes time for me to double up my rails, I will source out one or two more complete saws for spare parts and the like. I'm hooked on the BT3 concept for a TS and it works with my budget restrictions.

Given enough space to work with, I would craft up a panel saw. For now, I rarely leave the big box store with a full sheet. Their panel saws cut rough ($9 blade on a $2500 saw syndrome) and and accuracy varies with the wind, but it gets it small enough to get it home and into my shop.

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The 24 x 60 will have to have 8-10" cut off one end that has gotten kicked around over the years, but will still make a great starting point.

I scored a spare set of BT3000 rails over the winter--still not 100% sure i'm going to use them. I tend to cut sheet goods with a circular saw/sawboard, long cross-cuts on the RAS or miter saw, and i've got a pretty good sized assemble table--so i don't know that the extra rails have a great use to me. May end up selling them to help fund RT parts (plate, T-track, etc)

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