Crazy idea I had
Hey guys. Obviously I don't post much here lately, but I'm still pretty heavy into woodworking - moved a bit away from the router side. But I still enjoy using it, and I still feel the need for a standalone table.
My table has sat in an unfinished state for the last several months while I have embarked on other projects and a transformation of my space. In the next phase, I'll be replacing walls and adding floor cabs. I have the router table and awhile back I made a drill press cart that straddles the base and column of my floor drill press. It has a cutout in the back to dock with the column.
Designing the new layout last night I got to thinking: I don't own an extraordinary amount of router bits, and most of what I put in the drill cart could go in the router table. So I thought, why not scrap the cart, make a semicircular cutout in the router table, and combine the two? The surface behind the router plate hasn't seen any action to date, so I don't see any reason why I couldn't do this and retain the same functionality. I was going to redo the carcass anyway, so I could easily make sure I have the clearance.
Opinions? FWIW, my table is ply for the carcass, and 1.5" of phenolic ply for the top.