I am building a 36L X 16W X 16H 3/8" acrclic aquarium. I want to use a router to finish the edges. I need to have the edges perfectly square in order for the joints to hold.
My plan is to use an old Sears router I inheriited (model # 315.17380). This router is in the neighborhood of 30 years old. I have the old router table but it appears to be nothing more than a two foot high table with a hole in the middle.
I would like a recomendation on a newer and more reliable router table that would accommodate this router.
Add on top of this I am someone who has never used a router before and will have to learn how to use the equipment first.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Mike - Welcome to the forum
"I have the old router table but it appears to be nothing more than a two foot high table with a hole in the middle."
Sounds like it could be a functioning router table to me.
Seriously, that table could probably me modified to make it perfectly good. Not knowing what the thing looks like I can't make any recommendations at this point. Modifying the table may give you an opportunity/excuse, to get familiar with the use of the router also.
My major concern is with your router and what you are planning on doing. A 30 year old Craftsman is likely a fixed speed, 25,000 rpm, 1-1/4 - 1-1/2 hp. When working with acrylic, I believe a variable speed unit is really a necessity. There are several good ones in the 2hp range on the market with variable speed. Many are priced reasonably, ie ~$150.
Well, anyway, first things first. Can you post a picture of your table and we can go from there?
If you are set on buying one, there are a lot to pick from. And a dizzying array of options, from nothing to everything (prices to match).
Keep us posted