My Router Table finally completed
As some members know, I have been working on my version of the New Yankee Workshop Deluxe Router Station. Well it took about 10 years for me to finally get it going and completed. Some of the steps are really challenging and require advanced woodworking skills and practice. I am the first to admit that my router skills need much practice and that will now be possible. I think my biggest challenge was creating the opening for the plate. It fits pretty well but doesn't look good. There are gaps that I wish were not there.
The carcass is made up from 4 sheets of Maple veneered presswood that were 4' x 4' and were in the liquidation bin at Home Depot for $4.00/ea. about 12 years ago. At the time, I bought them thinking the would make a nice bar in my basement. Well 3 homes later, they are a R/T. I also bought the Freud fence and switch at a show about 10 years ago and I wish I hadn't. The switch needed to be modified to be usable (it was for a metal angle table base, and the fence will probably not get much use but it does have a micro adjustment. I had bought four 4'' casters but decided not to use them, it sits on nylon feet pads. I modified the slots fot the fence to accommodate both fences so I can choose.
The finish is a gel stain Fruitwood that I had a can taking up space and it's still half full, and I covered it with a coat of Varathane gloss to give it some resistance to abuse. Although the handles are wood, I decided on black paint instead of a stain and I like the contrast. I am sure I will enjoy this project for many years.
Don't fear your tools, pay attention and respect the tools and avoid injury.