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This past few days I have been building a mobile cart that I can use to assemble cabinets and other projects on.

So, there I was looking at the basic framework and I had a thought. Why not put a router insert plate on one end? That would eliminate the need for my current router table top which I have temporarily attached to the end of my miter saw station. After some careful measuring, I realized it would fit with no problems. Yay!

Fast forward to this afternoon. I finally got the frame complete, casters installed and the cart sitting upright on the floor. As I was standing there looking at it, I had another thought...why not put a second one on the other end? :-)

I have two complete Bosch 1617 combo kits so all I would need is another insert plate. One of the fixed bases is under the wing of my table saw, so I would have to use it or get another one.

I have a pretty cramped work area, so this table could be used to prep stock with the router(s) and then used to assemble the projects, which as of the rest of this year, will be kitchen cabinets. I can make one or two dummy covers to fill the holes after lifting the routers out. Then I could use it to assemble stuff. :-)

Another use for this table may soon be a sanding station. All I need to do is make a box for the sanding operations, and clamp it to the table and hook up the dust collector hose.

What say you? Are double routers in a table a good thing or not?

I will have some pics to show when I get the project finished, but here is one to tease you with.

Yeppirs, that is a scissor jack mounted under there. It works perfect to raise or lower the work table...low for assembly, a little higher for sanding...a lot higher for routing...or level it with my work bench/outfeed table where most of the work usually takes place. The final dimensions of the top will be about 30 x 37 inches. That has yet to be determined.
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HI Mike, this topic come up from time to time. A bit like putting a table in the saw end..

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...o-routers.html

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Thanks James. I may have to mow a few yards to gather up some cash. :-)
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Mike I want to build a double router table myself . Wow your looks solid, nice work!
Could you elaborate on how your scissor lift works and post a close up of how it works ( if it's not a trade secret ) .Not to put you out to much but Video would be kinda cool to of it working.
I want to go from 33 inches to perhaps 39 so I can use mine for the TS's out feed table but I was debating to go the expensive route and use 2 linear actuators and the necessary electronics to keep them in sync . The cool thing about that circuitry is it memorized 3 positions which would work great for my needs . But I think I might make Guinness world book of records for the most expensive privately owned router table when it's done .
I also I want to install 2 PC7518s side by side for different bits

Bte I was wondering how stable your work top is with your system . Are there drawer guides?

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Hey Rick, Just a thought - but why not a torsion box atop of your table instead of linear actuators? You can customize the height, close-up the openings, and oversize (if required) all in one simple wall-hanging (when not-in-use) structure?

This reminds me of a situation when I was stuck in the bed for 14 months (major spinal injury). I needed to be able to use my computer for AutoCAD, Excel, bla, bla, bla. I purchased one of those hospital tables that rolls under the bed and also cantilevers over the bed - so a patient can eat while in bed. When it arrived, the top was not nearly large enough to support what needed to be on it. I had an employee make a "cover" for it - two layers of 3/4 plywood. The bottom layer was cut-out the size and shape of the top of the hospital table. The top layer was the same outer dimension as the lower layer - but large enough to give me the space I needed to support things. This was before laptops were popular - so it was for a desktop computer. I had my employee make a support for the keyboard that was attached via two door hinges. To maintain my chosen angle, we inserted a pair (1- per hinge) of those "door-stops" that fit onto the hinge pin! Note: there was a cutout in the lower layer that gave me access to the drawer of said hospital table.

It worked for me!

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Mike I want to build a double router table myself . Wow your looks solid, nice work!
Could you elaborate on how your scissor lift works and post a close up of how it works ( if it's not a trade secret ) .Not to put you out to much but Video would be kinda cool to of it working.
I want to go from 33 inches to perhaps 39 so I can use mine for the TS's out feed table but I was debating to go the expensive route and use 2 linear actuators and the necessary electronics to keep them in sync . The cool thing about that circuitry is it memorized 3 positions which would work great for my needs . But I think I might make Guinness world book of records for the most expensive privately owned router table when it's done .
I also I want to install 2 PC7518s side by side for different bits

Btw I was wondering how stable your work top is with your system . Are there drawer guides?
Rick, I have several projects in the works and this table is one of them. I will post more pics as I get them. I will know more after I get to use the table once it is complete. I feel confident that after locking the knobs in position, the table will be sturdy, especially with the jack supporting the center of the table.

Note: I watched Craigslist for about a month and finally gave up. There is a model of drafting table that has an electric motor for adjusting the height. That is what I was looking for. New, they are expensive. :-(

No drawers planned at this point. Just two places boxed in on the bottom of the frame to catch whatever or hold whatever I am using at the time. Probably sawdust! :-(
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Mike I did notice the locking knobs and suspected that's what they were for . Looks like you engineering it well ,and I suspect it's going to be awesome !

Otis , sorry to hear about your injury .
You reminded me of a house I was at in the next town called Kimberly . The husband was 6'5" and his wife couldn't have been 5'4" . Well in order to prepare meals to compensate for there different heights they bought a used hospital gurney and put a new stainless steel top on . This way they could jack it up or let it down for comfort while preparing food on it . It kinda creeped me out as I wonder how many corpses were on it before they acquired it , and I don't like boogeyman stuff

Otis I'm not sure what a torsion bar setup is . I suspect a torsion bar is a metal bar that provides tension?

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Rick, Actually what I referred to was a "torsion box", rather than a torsion bar. I'll make a sketch for you and send you a pdf file attached to this thread.

Mike, Not trying to "hijack your thread". From your photos on the initial post, I was also very impressed with your sturdy workmanship. I love the way you used pocket holes and what I am going to imagine are square-drive screws. Good projects require good execution - so you are way ahead of the "norm" in my opinion.

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Rick, Actually what I referred to was a "torsion box", rather than a torsion bar. I'll make a sketch for you and send you a pdf file attached to this thread.

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Thanks Otis I googled it and it's an interesting concept but I kinda had my heart set on it moving
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Thanks Otis. I will post more pics this coming week. The jack moves the top up or down with little effort. However, if I need to, I will level the cart, then level the top and tighten to knobs. I think it is going to be really useful.
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