Looks like got you fixed up on some router tables..
I like Norms table, but I don't like the motor closed in,,, if the vac systems is working right 90 % of the chips will be sucked up at the fence..
If I was to build a copy of Norms router table I would put in two drawers on the bottom but no side drawers or doors the drawers on the bottom would hold the bits and extra parts for the router..
Plus the drawers that could be pulled out from the back and the front side of the router table...many times you need to use the back side of the router table....for big / wide stock....
I do like to use the Katie/MLCS jigs and the plate must be FLAT without a dome in the center....all my router table tops are FLAT....or I should say the router insert plates are all flat...if it's not the dovetail will be off just a little bit and it will not fit without a hammer driving it in place...not to say anything about spliting the dovetail/socket... (pitch is a big deal when it comes to dovetails)
I know many will say the router should be enclosed, but because it's router it will always put chips on the floor
just the nature of the beast...heat will killl most routers and I do want to keep on using the ones I have...so I can put up the chips..
" stretchers aren't too bad are they? " they are a bit over kill for the router tables,,,just need to 4 casters, one pair that will lock and the other can run and turn free,,,a simple 2 x 4 frame inside the cabinet will work just fine to screw them to...in that way you can keep the cabinet low to the floor about 1 1/4" off the floor...works well just need to get your toe on the wheel lock, I like them on the front side of the cabinet..so I can get to them easy with my shoe bottom....
Originally Posted by S Bolton
I know you have a lot of router tables and I am starting to build one. Is there some place where you have photos of your router tables on this forum? I looked around but couldn't find them.
Because I probably will get a Katie jig, I want a table that doesn't have an uneven router plate. Because you have the Katie Jig, I assume you have router tables it works well on.
I remember you like an open table so the motor doesn't get too hot. I am a little hung up on building a Norm like table despite your wise advise.
I am wondering the best way to make a Norm type table mobile. Those Delta mobile bases where you put wood in as the stretchers aren't too bad are they?
Any thoughts from anyone welcome.