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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-20-2012, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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After a lot of reading and researching whilst recovering from a broken leg, I am well on my way to finishing my router table. The leg is still dodgy but I can still hobble around my shop!

I have long owned an Incra Ultra fence but always struggled to use it as I did not have a dedicated table to use it on. Like all things. I operate on the premise of buy the best you can afford. Given I had been waiting 10 years I figured I would go the whole hog.

I have based it around an Incra Router table frame fitted with the wheel kit so I can easily move it from the wall out into the centre of my very small workshop.

I went for the large Incra table (27" by 43") as I figured I could use the surface area as another table to work off and have a ply cover to protect the Incra top when I'm not using it for routing. I also fitted four knobs with inserts into the top so I can accurately mount and de-mount the fence from the top. This holds it square and accurately.

I bought the Incra PRL V2 lift which in itself was not without its issues here. This lift only accepts specific routers, only one of which was available here in Europe - the European equivalent of the Bosch 1617/1618 which I struggled to find. Eventually Ebay found one for me second hand. Of course everything here is metric, so I need to constantly convert thousands of an inch to mm - always tricks and frustrating. I have made up a table sourced from the net as a ready reckoner for slight height adjustments.

I've just made my first drawer for my old German work bench so I can iron out the tricks to draw building and now feel ready to tackle the four drawers for the router table which will operate on full extension draw slides to give me full access to the draw contents given the overhang of the top from the front of the carcase.

I sourced a safety switch for the router which is placed on the end I work from. I also have bought the Wonder fence but I still need to sort out dust collection for the system and will need to seal the router housing to improve the dust collection for the table. This will most likely involve a cover on the router enclosure to keep noise and dust down (possibly perspex and rubber seals round the edge). Tips gratefully welcomed!

The plan is to have a self contained, very accurate, solid router table system with everything I'm looking for in one place.

My first two practice joints included as an act of self indulgence!

More to come as I finish it.

Comments welcomed.

Warm regards from Munich

Rhett

Sides are 19mm MDF. Bottom is 19mm Ply. Im in the precess of making four drawers - two large ones (see space on left hand side of the enclosure) whihc I will use to house spare routers and machines. The two smaller drawers (half the depth of the big ones) I will use for router bits whihc I have desinged some trays to store and organise the bits I have.
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Rhett,
WOW! THAT is one nice-looking piece of equipment! Anyone would be proud of that! Your planning and execution as well as choice of materials is superb! You certainly have good reason to be very proud!

I hope your broken leg recovers nicely! In 1980, I took a fall from 28 feet (8.4 m) and landed in a masonry scrap pile. I broke both forearms, both shins, 3 ribs and 6 vertebrae. My recovery was long and boring - but one thing I've always done is take the doctor's advice and recuperate at the rate suggested by my doctors! Now, having had numerous injuries and several major and minor surgeries, I can honestly say that everything is in good working order. I am thankful mostly for the many prayers sent-up by my friends and acquaintances. Also, I have chosen to adopt (many years ago) that these "downtimes" provide me a good opportunity for streamlining ideas, tools and documentation to make my shop and procedures be of maximum efficiency, in other words; TUNE-UP TIME. You have certainly created a router table with bells and whistles beyond imagination!

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Hi Otis

Thanks for the compliments and yep - when its finished it will be a nice and fucntional bit of kit. My leg ached in sympathy with you are I just read of your accidents ... quite a fall. But time heals all mostly. Ill let you know when its finished and post some more pics.

Regards from sunny Munich

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