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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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I'm wondering if there is a good reason not to make a portion of my workbench into my router table. I don't have a garage or a workshop right now so having an extra table hanging around would be less convient than taking down the router plate and dropping in a plug if i needed extra room on my workbench. For a Fence I plan on using an Original Incra jig with a piece of 1/2 ince plywood screwed on that i can bolt to the workbench when it is needed, and take off at other times.

Is there a fatal flaw that i'm missing or would this work out? How high and thick should my fence be? Thanks for any response. Mel
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Hi Mel

That will work and a great way to get more room.. you just need to make sure the top of your workbench is flat and true..


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Hi Guys,

I'm wondering if there is a good reason not to make a portion of my workbench into my router table. I don't have a garage or a workshop right now so having an extra table hanging around would be less convient than taking down the router plate and dropping in a plug if i needed extra room on my workbench. For a Fence I plan on using an Original Incra jig with a piece of 1/2 ince plywood screwed on that i can bolt to the workbench when it is needed, and take off at other times.

Is there a fatal flaw that i'm missing or would this work out? How high and thick should my fence be? Thanks for any response. Mel



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and make sure it's long enough for whatever you have to route..there's nothing worse than getting to the wall and still having a foot or two to route
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I'm going to make the bench 30"W x 60"L x 35"H and have the router bit 18" from the right side and centered. i figure that should give me enough room to swap the fence around to wherever side i need it. I'm going to downsize the Rock Soilid Plywood Workbench plans. I've drawn it up in Sketch-up but i can't upload it while i'm out on the Ship. It looks pretty good in 3D though.
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Table top will be 1 1/2" thick and the router will be sitting just off the line between the legs so it should hold pretty level i think. That should be enough to keep it flat.
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Have a look at mine:

Ugly router table - a set on Flickr

The most expensive item was the insert. By far.
Making of "bigger and better" has been put off indefinitely as so far this contraption has satisfied my modest needs.
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Mel, have you considered the physics involved? Astrophysicists, for example, describe forces in the universe in terms of "strong forces" and "weak forces" - gravity being a "weak force". Apparently, not many astrophysicists are also woodworkers, or they would add a third force category - the ability of a horizontal surface in a shop to attract clutter. This happens so quickly, it might be a combination of both strong and weak forces, so let's call it a "streak" force.

In other words, be prepared to do a lot of "housekeeping" every time you want to rout something. As such, you might want to consider a drop-down, or flip-up sort of arrangement, similar to what Matt is describing in a couple of his threads.

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Understood Ralph but since i don't have a shop or garage to put the bench in and it's going to be sitting in a corner in my living room for now I don't think my wife will let me keep it too cluttered either way. I'm looking for a workstation that i can set up when i want to do a project and take down and store away in a storage shead if i need the space back. It's not ideal but I have another year here before i can buy a new house.
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Ah, no shop, no garage, store it in the living room. Do you have an outdoor patio you can use as a work space? If not, I'm guessing you'll only run the router once indoors.

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Ralph,
Back in 1969 the wife and I bough a derelict farmhouse. Had a radial arm saw in the living room for at least 5 years. No dust collection. Still happily married. Depends on the situation, I suppose.
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