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Finally after over a year of not being able to play for much over an hour at a time I finally finished construction of my much needed (or) wanted router table. I know I made plenty of mistakes and even wondered after I did something, why did I do that. It is amazing now at how much your body and mind goes through after such a life operation.
I guess I need to explain. I was really overweight and had uncontroled dibeaties. My Dr. gave me only a couple options, lose weight or die. Well faced with that, I did try every diet known which all worked very well for a day or two only instead of losing the pounds, I gained more pounds. I was nearly 300 pounds. In poor health but very happy and felt like I was on top of the world.
Well olmost 2 years ago, it will be two years on April 10, I underwent a gastric by pass. I was cut on April 10, and on April 11, I was released from the hospital diabetic free. I lost over 100 pounds in a year, I went doun to 163 pounds where I still am and have plans to stay about there. I have not gained all my strength back yet and may never be as powerful as I was but that does not bother me. I do get very tired by the end of the day and when I hit the bed I instantly fall asleep.
I never missed a days work except the two days I was in the hospital, the Dr was not happy with me as I was supposed to not go back to work for two weeks. I did not nor could I do anything really phyisical but most of my job consist of instructing or explaining how some things work (can't really go into what I do) on military aircraft. After a few hours at work, I was really spent and full recovery is really slow.
Well enough about why I was out of my shop for so long, I do get to spend more time out there now I also am very carefull when using my tools, they are much more powerful than I am and sharper too. I find I really have to think about what I want to do, much more that I did before. I make more mistakes now, it's a good thing that woodworking is just a hobby. Robbie

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A beautiful story and awesome router table all in one post Robbie. Congrats on your accomplishments with both counts. Now get out there and get that new RT messed up :yes4:
 

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Hi, Jimmie.
That table came out very nice. Makes me want to make a couple of new tables for myself. I really like the extra storage you incorporated into the center door. Very well thought out & build quality looks excellent.
 

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WOW>..

Jimmie,

dang, job well done!! Your attention to detail shines through.

I think I'm going to have to steal your router bit storage idea. :)

what considerations did you make for air flow for the router box?

No doubt you'll spend alot of quality time getting familiar with that beauty...until ya get back on your feet 100%, take your time, think and enjoy!

Bill
 

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Thank You all, Bill, I guess I should have taken a picture of the back side. I have 4 long slots cut in the back wall plus the floor of the box is built with a definate slope to aid in dust removal, the front of the box floor is open 2 inches full width. The slope allowed for a 4inch outlet for the dust collector hose on the back, it seems to work very well. The air movement must go from the rear (and top) to the front then back to the rear. The router box stays clean of almost all sawdust and the router stays very clean. Thanks again.
 

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WOW! That is a beautiful router table! Well thought-out and well-executed. Does your dog stay close by while you're running the router? Mine hangs around in my shop with me, but really prefers to walk-away while I am routing. I wish you a healthy return to perfect health. I had two major surgeries 14 months apart. It was 20 years ago and now thanks to many prayers, blessings beyond belief, and my following of the doctors' suggestions on rest and rehab - I am now as good as new.
 

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Where to begin?

Congratulations on your weight loss and your ability to keep it off. Gastric Bypass is nothing to take lightly as you have expierienced. Take care of yourself even if it means doing what we all hate to do, ......"Follow Dr's Orders!"

The little bit I could see in the background of the photo's you posted I could see that you have a really nice shop! Plus I love the Dogs bed in the shop.

Finally, Wow! very nice Router Table, well designed!!!
 

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Very well done,on both accounts. The table is well planed and well built.
 

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Nice work Jimmie . You should be able to do a lot of nice projects on that table .

Mike
 

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I Thank you all for your wonderful comments, I will try to clean my shop and get more pictures if you like. I am only a hobbiest woodworker but have been doing it most of my adult life. I also collect old tools, most of which have been repaired, cleaned or what ever it took to bring them back to usable condition. I do have them placed on the walls of my shop, kinda need more wall space these days. The great thing about my shop is it is fun to work in and also makes for some great conversation when friends come by and when meeting new friends.
I have no objections about taking an 18th centry tool off the wall and using it when needed, most are a pleasure to use. I do purchase new tools when needed but really love going to yard sales or estate sales where I find most of my toys. Friends also give me tools, some of which were handed down from their family members, those really hold a special place in my heart. I hope when my time comes that my kids will treasure these items as much as I do.
Well thank you all again, I will get out there and attempt to clean some of my mess up. Of course first I need to find a place for the crosscut saw, the 4 old hand screws and the 6 old clamps that a friend brought over yesterday. This should be fun. Robbie
 

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A quick question. What did you use for the top? I was looking at an IKEA catalog, and it looks like they have laminated wood counter tops for a very reasonable price. I was wondering if you used a pre made counter top, or you glued it up yourself?
 

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Jack, this is a 1 3/4" thick laminated maple top I had purchased a couple years ago for a work bench I was going to build. Well my lovely bride bought me this beautiful work bench for Christmas the same year and I decided that it would instead be a great router table top. So far it is everything I had hoped it would be. I put a coat of Johnsons paste wax on it now and then to keep it slick. Robbie
 
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