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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2009, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Here are a couple of pictures showing the progress of my router table so far. I have most of it done - I still have to design the base and a few other small things but mostly it is all worked out.

I am going to add a safety switch that I bought at Rockler that will mount to the front. I am also going to have the entire surface of the table tilt up so that if/when I need to access the router it will be easier to do.

The only thing that I really have a question about is if I should screw the mounting plate for the router to the table top or should I just let it sit in place? I don't necessarily see any real reason to screw it in other than extra security but I would like to hear what anyone thinks about that.

Anyways... here are the pictures of what I have so far.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2009, 05:53 AM
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A most excellent job to this point! Do not screw your router plate down, they are meant to just lay in the opening so you can take your router in and out for adjusting and changing.
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Looking real good so far, you'll have a fine router table when you are done and for a lot less money

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An excellent job

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How thick is that lexan(?) mounting plate you are using? I have some at 3/8" and didn't know if that was thick enough. Is the top covered with a layer of UHMW? Where do you get them in widths that big if it is UHMW?
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I am using HDPE (Cutting board material), the fence is made out of 3/8" smooth which cost me about 20.00, and the surface is 3/16" HDPE which was around 15.00 for a 20x36" section. I got both at TAP plastics here in Lynnwood Washington.

The mounting plate is 1/4" thick cut to 8.5"x9.5" with no sign of flex, I think it is either polycarbonate or acrylic that I got out of the scrap bin (there were a lot of sections cut to that exact measurement so I got a few of them) and it seems to be rigid enough for the task (if not I can always route deeper).
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