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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2009, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Default Doubly offset router table - how useful?

Oh dear... I was so well on my way to my router table/cabinet when this happened...

(if you don't want to read a silly story, jump ahead to the last paragraph)

I wanted to directly mount my router to the table top, so I cut a 6-inch hole in a 3/4" thick piece of MDF, laminated it to a 1/2" thick piece of MDF, sanded everything smooth, and used up all my old sanding sealer and polyurethane to nicely cover all surfaces a total of four times.

The MDF pieces were of different size but were more than big enough to cut out a large rectangular laminated piece of desired dimensions. I didn't dare trying to get a perfectly rectangular piece with 90-degree corners with my circular saw (I don't have a table saw), so I went to my "trusted" lumber yard to have them cut my laminated piece. The gentleman in the shop keeps his table saw perfectly tuned, and all his cuts so far have been flawless and spot on.

However, this time, there was a different "guy" in the shop. I told him to make the cuts to yield a 34-1/2" x 22-1/2" piece with the 6-inch hole centered between the two short edges and 9" from one of the long edges. I had even marked the cutting lines. I turned around and loaded some other wood into my car, just to find, upon my return, that the "guy" totally messed up...

Here is the question: What do I do with a table top that has a doubly off-centered router mount? With edge banding, the table top is 36" x 24". The mounting hole is located in one of the corners of the top; its center is about 9" from one of the long sides and about 13" from one of the short sides. For narrow work pieces, that results in an in-feed of about 23" and an out-feed of about 13". For wide pieces (flipping the fence), it's the other way around. If I want to keep the top I will need to adjust the location of my router compartment in the cabinet, and thus the cabinet design will be rather different. Is it worth it, or should I glue up a new top?

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Hi Mischa:

Based on the fact that you had marked up the top with cutting lines and that the new guy didn't follow your lines, I would say that the shop owes you the material to make a new top, as a minimum. So, I would like to suggest you insist that the shop provide you with a 3/4 inch sheet of MDF and a sheet of 1/2 inch MDF, sized to the same size as your original top. There is no reason for you to modify your design for their incompetence.

Actually, I feel that the shop should not only provide the new material, but also cut it according to your design, charging you only for the cuts you had originally contracted them to do. (Replacement material should not carry a charge.)


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Cassandra - Material is not the issue; time and effort is more important. The guy was apologetic and did offer compensation.

However, since I already have the doubly-offset top I was wondering if I should use it.

I could simply carve out another 6-inch round depression exactly where I need it. Then I would have two of those 'holes'. In that case I should probably mount the top to a torsion box for stability reasons, but I had planned to do that anyway.

I know I really should get this router table/cabinet right, but I can always make me a new top if I find this one to be deficient.

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I agree with Cassandra However, if he offered to take care of it, and you said that it was OK, I would make do as you said you would do. I might use the hole that was cut for a pattern, and use my jig saw, and carefully cut it out. Then you could fit the disc into the hole that was cut into the top, or use it to put a small round container for holding your much needed small tools that get lost so easily. Or you could clean the table, and have a place to put that in. Just a few thoughts to make a second top more useful.

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