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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-18-2010, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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I actually bought my first router to use in the building of 2 playhouse-type loft beds for my children. I've been reading the forums a lot and decided to build a table this weekend as I'm planning to build a small table for Thomas the Tank Engine trains as a Christmas gift for my son.

I want to note that I am a total beginner and realize that my table is less than primitive. It's made from scraps of 3/4" mdf and measures about 16" x 18" on the top. I've been using some scrap pieces for the fence. The top isn't secured to the legs so I can flip it over to access the router.

Here's what I can tell is wrong with it so far: 1) the top is too small, especially the 18" width, 2) a laminated fence or top would really make moving the workpieces easier, 3) the opening for the bit is too big (I just drilled/cut out a 3" or so hole), 4) it's super ugly.

Here's what I think is right with it: 1) it was basically free, 2) it actually WORKS and that makes me feel awesome (it should suffice for me to make a simple table for my son), 3) I've learned from it and feel more prepared to actually get a better table.

I'm leaning towards ordering/asking for X-mas an Oak Park table.

I'd love your thoughts and suggestions and am not above heckling. This thing is pretty ugly and only mostly functional. If I can bring you all a laugh in exchange for your advice on my direction going forward, I'd feel like I got a fair trade.

Thanks,

Adam
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Don't feel bad. I used a router mounted in a re-purposed turkey-carving board and a jointed 2x4 for a fence as a router table for years. It worked just fine for doing edge profiles and the like, but scored close to zero for convenience.

Although you can buy a commercially-made table, building your own out of the appropriate materials is really so easy, you really ought to consider that option. Look at the different mounting plates and lifts available, and then decide on which system will work best for you.

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Adam,

Quite a few here own the Oak Park table and those that own it seem to really like it!

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Adam the table doesn't have to be pretty to work. After all it's just a tool to accomplish something and if it does that then it's beautiful. If you want the top to be slicker try putting a few coats of Johnson's Paste wax on it. Just buff on a coat of wax. Let it dry and buff it off.

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Adam,Your on the right track, you have what it takes to build the table, read the specs on store bought tables, refine your skills and build the table that fits your needs. I built my table using hardware I purchased from Rockler (not very expensive) and covered it with formica it works well and looks good. As for Johnson paste wax I use it on several of my tools it protects and makes you wood slide through the cut on what ever tool you are cutting with.

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I agree with above regarding building your own, and I am sure you have learned enough already to help some new person that may be trying to build their own. I did what Chris is recommending, look at some units available to get a feel for what you want. I would suggest getting an insert,it will help you in using your router table, they are available at Harbor Freight for around 10.00. Don't give up, you can do it.

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I have the OP table and love it. I'm willing to bet you could buy the OP table plans and build it yourself.

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Hi, all-
I'm looking for plans for a good router table. I've read here several references to an "oak Park" tab'e that seems pretty good. Can anyone tell me where to find this table and/or plans??
Thanks,
Jim
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Adam,
Try this: Ultimate Router Table. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end to get the detailed dimensions and materials resources.
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Hi Jim

Here's what you ask for.

Oak Park Enterprises Ltd.: Catalogue
Oak Park Enterprises Ltd.: Catalogue
Oak Park Enterprises Ltd.: Catalogue

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Hi, all-
I'm looking for plans for a good router table. I've read here several references to an "oak Park" tab'e that seems pretty good. Can anyone tell me where to find this table and/or plans??
Thanks,
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