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I just added a basic fence with a dust collection port. It's amazing how much cleaner it is!
 

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Simple ain't bad. You still have the option to add a split fence with a variable opening by cutting a slot on each side so you can pass a bolt through the split fence, through the slot to star knobs on the back side of the fence. You could then cut a dado for your Ttrack near the top of the split pieces to secure your featherboards. The slot doesn't have to be very long because your maximum opening only needs to be 3-4 inches wide.

Are you thinking of putting a laminate top on your table? I like the way it lets your work slide with ease.

You also have to option of putting in a router mounting plate. Add a second layer to the top, cut a rabbet in that top, or use Kreg's leveling screws to adjust height. You could do that mod at any time.

And yup, it really helps reduce the sawdust. I noticed you used the Home Depot dust collection lid for your DC chip separator. I keep reading good things about how well it works. It is a definite choice for tight budgets. Get it and a second hand shop vac and you're off to a good start.
 

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I made the router a little easier to get to with a piano hinge on one side and a couple of latches on the other.
 

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Thanks mbrun,

Since the top is solid (2 - 1/2" plywood laminated together), would shellac interfere with the router mounting screws? Maybe a little tape or a dot of caulk that can be removed later?

BTW - the hinge and the latches are the only things I've had to buy for this experiment so far, so it's even sweeter :D

Thanks - BH
 
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No, I would not expect shellac to interfere with the router mounting screws. Shellac is incredibly benign.

If I were making what you’ve made and decided against plastic laminate, I would put a 3 coats of shellac on, sanding lightly between each coat with 220 grit or so, then put a light coat of paste wax (a version without silicon) and then buff out well.


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Ah, it just dawned on me why you were asking about the screws, you where concerned about the slot for the screw driver filling in, right?

You could just put a piece of painters tape over the screw before you apply, or you could simply remove the screws and router while you apply. The shellac and wax can easily be done in less than a day, ready to use.


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Very nice...simple and very functional...
 
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Bruch that's a nice easy to build funtional table. Well Done.
 
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Looks pretty nice, I like how you stacked your Dustopper on top of your vacuum. Did you use PVC pipe? Does the pipe rest in the accessory slots of the vacuum base?

I was working on my own design this weekend, will try to get some pictures up when it is completed.
 

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Looks pretty nice, I like how you stacked your Dustopper on top of your vacuum. Did you use PVC pipe? Does the pipe rest in the accessory slots of the vacuum base?
Hi WoodFrog. Yes, PVC - it almost fits perfectly on the accessory slots. I left the handle off the vacuum and the casters are a little on the lame side. There are a number of good videos on YouTube. The second elbow was a challenge until I discovered that if you get the Shop-Vac right angle brush (https://www.lowes.com/pd/Shop-Vac-1-Piece-Right-angle-Brush/1060273), you can just pop off the brush part and you have a perfect elbow for the Dustopper to Vacuum hose.
 

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Very functional and clean look. The hinged top is a great idea that should make changing bits much simpler. I found that the fence integrated DC takes care of about 90% of the dust.
 
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I found that the fence integrated DC takes care of about 90% of the dust.
Thanks Charles - I'm thinking about an under table vacuum port for when I'm cutting dadoes since the dust won't even be able to "see" the port on top.
 
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