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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-01-2020, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
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Great forum, the wealth of knowledge and helpfulness of all the members and some of vast experience is just a privilege- thanks.
I saw a few other newcomers posting pics of their projects so got the courage to show some of my humble attempts so far with the table I'm building.. Top mostly done about to start on the base soon.
As my first I know there's no way it will be perfect so it's just a leap in and learn experience.... and enjoy experience too!
The top is 30mm thick, 3 pieces of 9mm (23/64") MDF with a 3mm (1/8")melamine sheet for the top laminated together
Overall dimensions 925x625mm (36.5x24.5) including Tassie Oak edging
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1)Triton MOF001 router (Thanks Desert Rat Tom- great little router!)
2)12mm 1/2" acrylic insert with height adjustment screws to get perfectly (or near as possible) level.
3)Quick release lock for fence, runs on aluminum bar rail, QR lever is from a bicycle seat clamp coupled with some 8mm(5/16") threaded rod (got the idea from a mini router table build I saw on Youtube). It seems to hold well thus far.
4)Split fence
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The emphasis has been on keeping things flat and square, by using machined edges for critical points, and lots of checking with squares and straight edges. Hoping the results will be okay for a amateur learner at home. I'm happy with it so far.
Thanks for looking and the great forum.

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It looks good Andy and should serve you well.

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lookingt good and thanks for showing ...
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It looks good Andy and should serve you well.
Thankyou Chuck. Do you think it is worth leaving 2" overhang on the table top to be able to clamp things to it easily if need be?
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Thankyou Chuck. Do you think it is worth leaving 2" overhang on the table top to be able to clamp things to it easily if need be?
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Great job Andy. I like that fence design.
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I can tell you've been very careful with your precision work. That is as nice a fence as any you could have paid a bundle for. Because of they way you did the bracing behind the split fence, you can drop in a 2.5 inch (or metric equivelent) port for dust collection. You can use the commercial port that sits at a 45 degree angle to the fence, or just add a plate to the back of the triangle and use a simple plastic port of the same size.

How are you handling the leveling of the router plate? The simple way is to put screws through the second layer, and file the points off. Nice fat screws, predrill slightly smaller pilot holes so it forms a tight fit. The other option would be to go with the Kreg levelers, if available. Pix. (Oops, just noticed the levelers in the picture.)

I also added two pix of the dust collection options, one commercial, the other shop built.

Really nice job. You'll use that table happily for a long time.
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Andy, you are doing great as a beginner. That fence is going to serve you well. Glad to see your pictures. You can be proud of that build.
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Great setup Andy ,thanks for sharing. Makes me regret not doing the same
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Andy the fence looks great. The idea of the 3 piece fence makes good design. Most only have the two fence pieces which leave little for a continuous reference surface. That will come in very handy with using jigs like a rail and stile sled. I recently saw a post somewhere where the user made a fence using leftover laminate flooring and used the tongue and groove slots to hold the center piece that had a cutout for the bit. Thinking this could give way to having many profiled center pieces for many different bits.
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