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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.

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Ok, pardon my stupidity... That 90 degree acrylic piece is NOT suppose to hold the stock down. It's a bit guard. My bad! Oh well, I'm still learnin'!
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Hi Lee,

it does not matter what others may think.

As long as it does the job.

Once you get more practice, you may look at another table later on. A number of the members have done that.

I still have not built a cabinet for mine. I don't need it and could not fit it in my shed.
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Hi Lee:

That's one lovely router cabinet. The top looks nice and flat. The tracks are a nice option. I especially like the colour selection. All in all, what's most important is that it works and you probably learned a lot building it.

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Hi Lee:

Nice going! I especially like the table leveling adjusters -- simple and effective.

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Nice, Lee. Although some might call the cabinet a little "rustic", I think it has a robust, manly sort of appearance - like it's meant to do real work, rather than just walk (roll) up and down the runway like a fashion model.

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Thanks you all!

James, one kind of router is that you have on your table? Don't recognize it. Yea, I might, in the future pass this one on to my son, and build another one. This one was really fun putting together!

Thanks Ron. The table top came as a unit, I really didn't pick the red tracks. LOL But they are ok.

Yea Cassandra, I was just roaming our local Home Depot for any type of leveling system I could use, and found these after-market funrniture leveling system. And it did the job.

Ralph, well it wasn't totally intentional to make it rustic looking, although the wife and I both like the rustic look, and many facets of our home, in and out are rustic. But I wanted to use up as much of my scrap pile as I could building this. And it's just how it ended up looking.
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Function trumps form in my book, creating something out of a pile of scrap is what it's all about. Good stuff.

Your's is way beyond my earliest effort which was nothing more than a "scrap" plywood box with a salvaged aluminum plate for a top, a rarely used fence was whatever semi straight piece of wood I could find clamped with a couple of C clamps.

The top couldn't have been more than 16x16 and if it sat on the floor, I was working on my knees.

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James, one kind of router is that you have on your table? Don't recognize it.
Lee,

My router set up is a Triton TRA001 set in an Oak Park table.

I have screwed the table to a folding work bench.

When I have finished routing I simply remove the router and plate and then fold the workbench for storage.

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I don't see anything wrong with this setup

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