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Hi all - I was so inspired by other posts re making your own table I decided to attempt one myself. I have found it to be an absorbing challenge and a steep learning curve and I found two essential traits are needed. The first is patience which I must admit to need a lot more of and the second is accuracy which strangely enough is closely related to the first
However I took the challenge and had a bit of material around the shed so I have made a basic 600x750mm out of a 50mm solid door I had and added a plate from Carbo=tec.
I had to redrill to fit and a word in warning the bakelite absolutely stinks when drilling. I added laminex to the top and two T tracks with a fence made from some more scrap I had I am about to add a combined mitre / T track and a mitre gauge with a feather board. Still a work in progress.

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Ian, you may want to hold off on the miter track for a while. When you use a miter track with a fence they should be an equal distance apart. This means a lot of extra time on set up. Miter sleds guide off the fence which can be at any angle. This means a lot less set up time. Give that some thought.

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Ian, you may want to hold off on the miter track for a while. When you use a miter track with a fence they should be an equal distance apart. This means a lot of extra time on set up. Miter sleds guide off the fence which can be at any angle. This means a lot less set up time. Give that some thought.
Thanks Mike, As you might guess I am a complete novice so I have not even thought past making a table. Using it is going to be the next step and most of the tables I had viewed had a miter track so I assumed it was the norm. The fence I have made is a solid one-piece and I was just going to set it square with the bit and use the miter for any edge angle work. However I thought the miter could work for squaring up any timber which needed it as well. It is obvious there will be a lot of trial and error which should be fun.
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Ian, Let me clarify a bit. Using a miter track and miter gauge is fine as long as the fence is moved out of the way. A router uses a single round cutting point so your material will not kick back like it would with a table saw blade. A saw blade is a flat surface so your fence and miter slot must be parallel to it or kick back will happen. When you combine a miter slot with a fence on a router table you will not get kick back but the fence can deflect the material and spoil your cut if they are not parallel. Here is another thought: a miter track is usually not cheap. You can make a different type of miter sled that is just a flat panel of 6 or 8 mm with a strip of wood or MDF attached to the bottom so it will guide off your table edge. A strip of wood or MDF attached to the top right side acts as a push block to keep your material square as it moves along the table surface. You can use a piece of scrap in front of this that extends past the bit to prevent tear out; it works like a zero clearance fence backing up your material as it is cut. This design requires you to hold the sled against the table edge as it moves but is very effective and does not catch dust like a miter slot does. It is quick and easy to align a fence with a miter sled like this so you can use a fence dust collection port to capture the dust. If you cut a T slot on your fence you can easily mount a bit guard or feather boards to it; I prefer the Router Workshop method of clamping items like this in place. You can also use the VacGuard project from the member videos tab with a sled like this; that way you have a guard over the bit, additional light on the bit and a vacuum port. Thinking "outside the box" will often make woodworking easier.

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Certainly food for thought Mike I was intending to put a T track on the fence - but the mitre sled is definately the way to go. I will have to look at the members videos. The other problem I can see is dust control. I have a dust vac and I was just going to do a box covering 2 inches either side of the bit opening on the fence and attach the vac hose.
However I am sure I will be able to find out the info on the forum so thanks for your remarks.
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