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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-15-2020, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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So I made my first router table. I made it with Sande plywood from Lowes and a black Melamine top with a JessEm Rout-R-Lift II, Taytools 300015 Deluxe 32 Inches Long Router Table Fence and a large paddle on off switch. Now to start making jigs for it. Any suggestions on what jigs I should start off with? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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sweet!!!
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as for jigs...
those you make as and when you need one...

#1 should be things for safety, gripper, feather boards, and push blocks...

then come the jigs and sleds...
coping/miter sleds, multi-angle, box joint, dovetail, etc...
a fence extension for vertical routing...
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Its not finished!
There's no mitre slot for your coping sled jig.

Apart from that, its almost too pretty to get dirty. (lol)
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Very nice build...great attention to detail and execution...

As for jigs, no need to make anything until you need it. Some are better and easier to buy rather than make while others are more useful if they are DIY.

For example...did you need any jigs or templates to make your table...?

If you are going to end-grain route a profile you could buy or make a coping sled...or you could just use a square piece of cutoff laying around and just use it as a backer board. If you're going to cut some mortises for door hinges and you only need one door done you can use your chisels or very quickly make a small template to do that. More exotic cuts like dovetails could deserve a purchased dovetail jig or you could make one or if you don't do that many you could do them by hand...

The world is at your feet but you may want to make or buy what you need when you need it...

Best of success with your projects...looks like you won't have any problems...

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Very nice table.

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Nice and a good size. I would add another feather board on the fence so that you have infeed and outfeed pressure. I would also add two on the table to keep things tight to the fence.
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Erik it looks like you have this well in hand. What do you want to make. One of the first things I tried to make from some plans I found was a coping sled as I needed to make face frames for cabinets and other projects. I tried to use the shop made and found that the base flexed too much so I bought a Woodpecker's sled which works great. Had I had a local access to phenolic sheet I may have gone that route but with it's cost figured buying was better.
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Beautiful.
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Dry nice Erik
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