Clever ideas wanted please!
I'm making good progress with my router table : mounting plate recess cut perfectly, T-tracks for fence installed (almost perfectly) and fence constructed. NOw I just need some clever suggestions to solve the next problem : how to support the hinging router table, which is attached to the side of my work bench.
Please consult the attached diagram. Essentially what I'm looking to do, is to design and build some kind of strut system that will support the RT in it's horizontal position. When not in use, the RT will hang down in the vertical position (B), without router installed - I only have one router at present. I've seen solutions similar where two triangular 'doors' (pretty much occupying the space denoted by 'A' on the diagram) are hinged off the work bench leg, and hinge out to provide support under the RT along its entire underside. The setup of my RT in relation to the position of it on the workbench, means that that system won't work.
So I've figured that I need two struts as depicted - and that in order for the strut to hinge up against the workbench leg (A), it will need to somehow slide down in a telescopic fashion. I assume there are accepted ways of doing this (a sliding, yet lockable joint) but I don't know them. Clearly I'll never need to alter the length of the strut when locked - however it does need to be able to be disassembled, and must be secure, as it supports the RT. Maybe a dowel/hole setup combined with a slot and bolt/wingnut - installed in the section where the two red struts overlap??
Any suggestions, or alternatives, would be greatly appreciated!
PS - I could have a completely removable strut however like the security of having it firmly attached - one end via a hinge, the other via...to be decided - probably a bolt through a block (the black square) and the strut itself?