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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-15-2010, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Getting ready for my first table

I finally had some time to visit the local Rockler store here in IL. I was originally just going to "check it out". About $190 later I am ready to start working on my DIY router table . That is one dangerous store to visit.

Since this is my first table, I figured to start off with the basics. I will be making the table top out of (2) 3/4 MDF (24x36) pieces glued together and topped with a laminate.

From Rockler I got the universal t-track for the 2 fence guides, Benchdog combo dual track miter gauge/t-track, router table plate for my PC890, crank handle for the bit height adjustment, couple t-bolts and plastic handles, and a little feather board set.

Base will be done using the plans from Kreg Jig Router Table DVD. Material will be 3/4 plywood, probably birch finish.

Fence will be some basic hardwood in the beginning. Once I get the whole thing going and do a project or two on it, I will begin the fence upgrade. I figured that I will upgrade as I find things needed instead of going all out right away.

Since at the moment I don't have my own table saw, I will be visiting a friend who is a carpenter and use the saw at his shop (I will most likely drool all over his place during the visit ).

As of now, my dust collection is a small Shop-Vac (13gal). I am not ready for the big dust collection system any time soon, but I am thinking of getting a little beefier Shop-Vac with the Oneida’s Dust Deputy cyclone in the mix. Any suggestions for brands and sizes on the Shop-Vac?

I'm hoping to take some photos during the process and sharing them with you guys. Wish me luck!

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I remember some one else on here bought the dust deputy not too long ago and I think liked it.

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Before you glue the MDF together, look for cupping first. Glue the convex sides together to cancel it out. Like this )( and it will cancel it out. You'll have a flat table then.

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Originally Posted by AxlMyk View Post
Before you glue the MDF together, look for cupping first. Glue the convex sides together to cancel it out. Like this )( and it will cancel it out. You'll have a flat table then.
I agree. I would also suggest clamping them together when gluing to a known flat surface. I was going to suggest a table saw top. I usually don't suggest doing anything but cutting on a table saw but the large, flat surface area is handy for this.

Good luck with your project. Take your time, do your homework, and you should be just fine.

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