New Router Table
For several years I owned 2- low HP, low quality, department store routers. They would only accept 1/4" bits, were not easy to adjust, and were just no fun to use. So they just sat. Then I discovered The Router Workshop on PBS(about 3 episodes before it went off the air). While searching for info on where to view it I found this forum and have been hooked ever since.
The two old routers went out by way of Ebay and I got a PC 9690 and built a portable table. It worked fine but I soon found several ways to improve it and built #2 (still portable). Then I got a Hitachi KM12VC kit (more HP and first plunge router) and built a horizontal table.
Now my needs for a vertical table had changed. The hitachi is a little taller than the PC. And with the horizontal table for raized panels I dont need a large table surface. Plus with all the info and knowlege I have gained from this site my router is now used more than any other tool I own. So I wanted the new table to be its own self contained unit (not perched on top of something else). With storage for all my bits and accesories. And decided to make it entirely of MDF because I like the way it looks.
The top is 2 pieces of MDF glued and screwed together making it 1 1/2" thick and wrapped with MDF. The plate is the standard 3/8" phenolic one thats sold everywhere. The fence allthough modified several times was built for table #1. It has a homemade dust port and the switch on the side turns on the shop-vac and router at the same time. Behind the top doors there is nothing but the cavity where the router hangs. Behind the lower doors is storage and a drawer for bits, wrenches, and guides. The bits are in removable trays made of 3/4" MDF with 1/2" holes drilled all the way through and 1/4" hardboard attached to the bottom. The whole thing rides on four 3" total locking casters I got on sale at Grizzly.
Sorry for the long intro but I want everyone to know how much I appreciate this forum and its members. The wealth of information here has caused me to do at least a little woodworking allmost daily (and spend loads of money).
Thanks Everyone, Rusty