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Hey guys I wanted to show you the router and table fence I recently made. I thought you guys would like to see some pictures. It was build pretty cheap.

MDF: 30$
T track: 20$
Melamine Particle Board: 15$
6 Lawnmower knobs: 12$
router plate :30$
feather boards: 50% off at rocker 40$
Misc hardware: 5$

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150$ish . Not too bad.





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I like the idea of lawnmower knobs. That's a new source of supply !

Good effort!

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Looks good and even better considering the cost.
I would recommend that you seal all of the exposed MDF core on the fence pieces as they will absorb moisture like a sponge if you don't.

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Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great way to go without spending a lot of money.
Do you intend to build a support table for it or are you going to leave it semi-portable?


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I like the idea of lawnmower knobs. That's a new source of supply !

Good effort!

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Yeah it worked out pretty good!

Closest Rockler is an hour away.


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Looks good and even better considering the cost.
I would recommend that you seal all of the exposed MDF core on the fence pieces as they will absorb moisture like a sponge if you don't.

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Just to clarify. I sealed the top of the table with linseed oil. Are you suggesting I seal all sides? The fence is particleboard, do you recommend sealing that also?

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Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great way to go without spending a lot of money.
Do you intend to build a support table for it or are you going to leave it semi-portable?

Yeah it was nice to do it on a semi budget. I went into Rockler for the first time the other day, their **** is expensive. But I bet its quality none the less.

My first plans were to have it semi-portable but its starting to be a pain in the ass when I have to move it(girlfriends garage). I think I'm going to build a cabinet on casters so I can pull it out when needed. Plus that frees up my horses

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Yes I would seal all sides. Especially if you're in an area that has big seasonal changes in temperature and/or humidity.
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Where did you get the lawnmower knobs?

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Router table cost - $150.00
Joy of building your own - priceless! Well done!

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It looks very nice. And as others commented, I like the idea of lawnmower knobs. Especially as I have one I need to get rid of this springs clean up day. I will strip them off before it gets loaded onto the trailer.

As for the sides, I think even paint would help seal them up. I try to follow what I hear Tommy Silva always say on This Old House, "paint all 6 sides of a board" to prevent any moisture from getting in.

MDF centers can really expand a lot. I have a version of a workmate table with the two top pieces having a melamine center. It got left outside not knowing it was going to rain. Instead of being 1/2" wide, I think the one corner was at least 1" if not 1.5" I never thought to seal the ends as it normally was put away every night.
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Thanks for all the kind words guys. The lawn mower knobs were purchased at Home depot in the lawn and garden isle. One thing I didnt like about them is that theres a nylon ring right after the threads to keep the handles tight from all the vibration on a lawnmower. So it took forever to turn the handles due to some of my bolts being a little long. I fixed this by using a 3/8'' drill and drilled the sleeve out and they worked perfectly.
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