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I have been working in wood since I was discharged from USMC and going to work for Nothrop Corp in 1968.
My first shop consisted of a $29 Sears benchtop tablesaw, a Sears circular saw, a $29 Sears router table, a $29 dovetail jig with a 1/4” comb, and a Sears router. I still have and use this equipment to support my teenage hobby of beekeeping. A friend gave me a Sears wood lathe.
In 1978, I added a Delta 10” 5 hp Unisaw, a Dewalt 720 Powershop radial arm saw, a Delta floor mounted drill press, and a Delta 14” bandsaw.
Later additions are a 6” Grizzly jointer, a Delta 12” planer, a Porter-Cable biscuit joiner, a Porter-Cable router table, several belt sanders and several additional routers.
I enjoy designing projects; work benches, boxes, etc. In addition, I go through my old woodworking project books making new plans that eliminate errors in the original prints. One interesting example was a porch glider that wouldn’t glide because the pivots weren’t properly dimensioned. Because of this, they would bind.
I have designed projects for several people. I do this without charge because I have fun doing it.
My most current project is a new router table. I’ve been through several evolutions design-wise, but have settled on one that is based on a design published in American Woodworker and I've included some of Patrick Spielman’s devices; split fence, horizontal router mount, inverted pin routing fixture. These are all described in Spielman’s 1988 Router Jigs & Techniques book.
With the special prices Rockler has this month, I ordered their package #1 laminate table and a group b insert. I don’t think I could make my own top and insert for the sale price. I can now finalize the design.
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Welcome aboard, Jon. Glad you joined us and thank you for your service to our country.

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Welcome Jon, new myself. Appreciate the tips on router tables, on Amazon now checking out the Rocker stuff you mentioned. I'm hoping to keep my router table project at a $200-$250 price tag with hardware, or close at least. I may forgo on the squared sliding fence idea short-term but build it with a future capability to upgrade. I really like the idea of side guides for the fence, still looking at ideas, hoping to find some decent plans either here or americanwoodworking.
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Welcome Jon, new myself. Appreciate the tips on router tables, on Amazon now checking out the Rocker stuff you mentioned. I'm hoping to keep my router table project at a $200-$250 price tag with hardware, or close at least. I may forgo on the squared sliding fence idea short-term but build it with a future capability to upgrade. I really like the idea of side guides for the fence, still looking at ideas, hoping to find some decent plans either here or americanwoodworking.
Thanks for the welcome, Brett. If you would like to see my current rendition of my router table, send me your e-mail address to mine, n6vc at yahoo.com. I haven't gotten my top, yet, so it will only show the current drawing.
I watched all the episodes of Router Workshop when they were being aired on our local PBS channel. One of the fixtures they demonstrated was a box joint jig. Its very simple. Just a piece of plywood with a groove in it. A fence, half the height of the joint is placed in the groove and a hole for the bit to come through. I use it to make all my small box box joints.
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Hi Jon - welcome to the forum!

Appears that your shop is well stocked - congrats!

My brothers live in Hot Springs, so I've been to Arkansas many times - Dave
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Welcome Jon.. Was that Northrop Corp. of Hawthorne CA.. My hometown. Graduated HHS 58..
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Welcome Jon.. Was that Northrop Corp. of Hawthorne CA.. My hometown. Graduated HHS 58..
I worked at two locations in Anaheim. Both were part of the Electro-Mechanical Division. Page Court was a munitions factory. Orangethorpe was the fabrication facility. It used to have the largest machine shop in Orange County. The location was turned into a large empty field sometime in the '80s.
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Welcome Jon, new myself. Appreciate the tips on router tables, on Amazon now checking out the Rocker stuff you mentioned. I'm hoping to keep my router table project at a $200-$250 price tag with hardware, or close at least. I may forgo on the squared sliding fence idea short-term but build it with a future capability to upgrade. I really like the idea of side guides for the fence, still looking at ideas, hoping to find some decent plans either here or americanwoodworking.
If you are interested in what I am designing, send me your e-mail address to mine at n6vc at yahoo.com. I'll send you a PDF file of the current design configuration. I haven't received the top, yet, so the design isn't final. No "as built" drawing.
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Hi Jon - welcome to the forum!

Appears that your shop is well stocked - congrats!

My brothers live in Hot Springs, so I've been to Arkansas many times - Dave
One of my sons lives in Hot Springs, now. I live in Conway. I grew up in some small towns near near San Antonio; Yancy, Hondo, Castroville and San Marcos.
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