Ok, I finished my first router table/bench. I know some of you may think it's something you'd make for your kids. LOL But I think it'll work just fine for me.
I have/had a couple of problems with the "Hart Design" router table from Hartville. One, where they should have (I think, anyway) a vertical feather board, there's this acrylic 90 degree piece, about 3 inches long, with two thumb nuts that you clamp up against your stock. It doesn't hold the stock down very good. I think I'm going to try to find a feather board I can modify to my fence. Also, my routers base plate, bolt hole circle JUST cleared the zero clearance disk. Matter of fact, I had to hand grind my flat head screws, just a tad, so they wouldn't interfere with the disc. Which reminds me of another problem. The disc is suppose to snap out. There's a slot where you can put a narrow flat head screwdriver and begin to "snap" it out. Well if I would have continues to try to snap it out, I think I would have broke it. So I left it in there and will call Hartville tools and see what they say. Those are all minor problems to me. Other then that I like the table. The dust collector on the fence works great. For now I'm using a little 1 gallon shopvac, and it's picking everything up.
The Ridgid router combo --- LOVE IT!! It's quiet and smooth running. Just like my Ridgid chop saw, their name fits their tools. I had one very minor problem with it so far, but it was easy to fix. Two screws hold the acrylic dust collector adapter on the router. But one screw head gets in the way of the t-handle wrench that you use for the micro adjuster, from on top of the table. So I replace that screw with a flat head screw, and countersunk the hole in the adapter, a bit. Now the t-wrench drops right in.
I've included some pics, so go ahead and take a look. I'll wait for the laughter to follow!
Seriously, I'll welcome any comments and suggestions!