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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-30-2013, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone.
I am 78 years young and just started wood routing instead of drivie routing! i have purchased the router (Plunge type) also a small routing table. I have assembled this but find that the routing table is only 2'8" approx. high, Now i am not tall but it rather low for me to bend to. I have sat this on top of my old 9VERY OLD0 work bench that once belonged to my father (A DIY MECHANIC)and I am not sure whether this is safe height.
I was in Electronics all my working life with half of that Spent in the Royal Navy and I have an urge to always try something new! HENCE ROUTING. I am interested in finding anything out a good tips for a New member to Routing. Anything at all will do but best start at the beginners wanted advice for what type of Router and the Routing table.
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G'day and welcome to the forum.

Hard to make a recommendation without knowing your experience level.

Try to find these books in you library:

"The Router Book" by Pat Warner
"Woodworking with the Router" by Bill Hylton.

Also search Youtube for 'router tips and techniques'

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Welcome aboard!

Working height is pretty personal so you'll have to decide what suits you best and build (or purchase) a base that moves the table to that level.

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Have you thought of making your own router table? That way you could make it to the height and size that suits you. They are fairly easy and inexpensive to make. I use 3/4" plywood for the top, sides, back and bottom. You could make a portable one that sits on the workbench or a floor model on castors. There are two ways to mount the router - with or without a plate. If making it without a plate I use single thickness plywood for the top. I drill a hole for the router bit and countersink screws holes to hold the router to the table top. Mostly I use a router plate which make it easier to lift the router out for changing bits. I purchase the plate first. I don't cut a hole in the plywood for the router plate instead make the table top around the plate. I think some of these photos show that. I also put a power strip or switch on the outside of the table near where my right hand can easily control the power. I also make the fence with a dust port for controlling the dust. I am sure there are photos on the web for making router tables but I believe in cheap and simple and custom to fit my needs. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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Welcome to the forum. As I recall at least one fellow here does his routing seated. That might be one option.
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James already beat me to the answer but I strongly recommend Bill Hylton's book "Working with the Router" It's available through Amazon and I would look at Thrift Books if you want to buy a used copy. Good Luck!
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Originally Posted by kywoodchopper View Post
...I believe in cheap and simple and custom to fit my needs. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
Hi, Malcolm.

Very simple and smart way for plate leveling. Do you have detailed pictures for those screws in picture 2?

We, woodworkers are everywhere!!!
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Sailer? welcome to the forum. A general rule for table height is somewhere around elbow height although if I'm doing a lot of small pieces I like to use my bench model table and get it up to a low chest height. Patrick Spielman has also written some good books about router use.

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