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The Urethane has cured and I completed my first project on my new router table (made some wall mounts for glass shelves). This is my first table and I am new to routing, building the table was my first time using a router.

What do you guys think?

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that's different...
well done
 
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Nice job thinking out side the box
 

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Interesting design and different. I realize the router configuration with the Shopsmith is much smaller but did you ever attempt to use that? The new table is going/using what router? It certainly looks well made and extra large. Let us know how well it works for you. I'm guessing that it will detach and the legs will allow flat storage when not in use?

BTW, welcome aboard.
 

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Welcome to the Forum...very nice table...very creative...!
 

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Looks nice and could double as an assembly table.
 

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Welcome Woodfrog,

That is a nice big table and well executed build.

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Good job,and well thought out too. I think you are set up for anything coming up to rout. We are glad you joined the forum. Be sure you fill out your profile and let us know what tools you have. It makes a difference when you ask questions so we have a good idea how you should solve the problem. ALso a first name helps too.
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The router I have mounted currently is the Porter Cable model 1002 w/ 1001 fixed base. I do have a plunge base for it as well, but have not tried it yet. It is a smaller 1/4" router, I am using Freud 'advanced' 15 piece bit set, it cuts great with those quality bits! I would eventually like to add a 1/2" PC to go with it that will fit the same fixed base.

Good catch on the dual-purpose design and flat storage. I designed it as a work surface, using bench cookies, clamps and stops for assembling, finishing, jigs, etc. The table will come off the SS and the legs are easily removed for compact storage.

I will work on my profile, I have enjoyed and learned a lot reading old threads!

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I realize the router configuration with the Shopsmith is much smaller but did you ever attempt to use that?

No. I have not tried using the Shopsmith above table router and I don't have the latest dual-tilt under table option on mine. You can buy 1/4" or 1/2" router bit chucks and use them in drill press mode, but I don't have any of those accessories currently. I gave it a lot of thought before I went with the table design you see here.

The cool thing about this setup is I can use the table saw, disc sander and band saw with the table mounted. I was flipping between a few functions and it worked slick, drill press would require removal of the router table though.

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A lot going on there with a lot of clamping opportunities for routing using the top as a work surface.... looks pretty, don't ya go scratching it all up. 😄
Until I joined up here I had ideas that router tops we're all about the same design...... I learned better, so mine is untraditional in many ways. That is a real beauty.
Novice guy here wants to know about the cookies... what they do?
 

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Gavin I got where I very seldom used mine in drill press mode for drilling because I liked the horizontal boring capability. I did, however, have the router chucks so I did have to put it in the drill press mode for most router jobs we did.
 

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Bench Cookies

Novice guy here wants to know about the cookies... what they do?
The bench cookies have tacky rubber pads on both sides, this allows you to set your work on them and it will not slide around on you. They have T-track or bench dog risers you can thread into them that set them off the table even further, for example drilling through a board without having the bit go through and nick your work surface under the board or while using a jig saw. They also have finishing caps you can put on them, that allow you to put stain and such on your work with only a tiny point touching the finished wood, thereby allowing you to finish all sides w/o waiting for the bottom side to dry. They are inexpensive and I have already found them useful, just got them recently.

You can find some great videos on YouTube, it would not let me post the link because I don't have 10 posts yet. Looks like there are some ideas for DIY bench cookies on there as well!

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Novice guy here wants to know about the cookies... what they do?
The bench cookies have tacky rubber pads on both sides, this allows you to set your work on them and it will not slide around on you. They have T-track or bench dog risers you can thread into them that set them off the table even further, for example drilling through a board without having the bit go through and nick your work surface under the board or while using a jig saw. They also have finishing caps you can put on them, that allow you to put stain and such on your work with only a tiny point touching the finished wood, thereby allowing you to finish all sides w/o waiting for the bottom side to dry. They are inexpensive and I have already found them useful, just got them recently.

You can find some great videos on YouTube, it would not let me post the link because I don't have 10 posts yet. Looks like there are some ideas for DIY bench cookies on there as well!

Gavin
I like them cookies Gavin
If I don't buy em, I'll certainly make some... or something like them. Thanks.
 

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Randy,

I made my bench cookies with hockey pucks and glued anti-slip liners that I bought to use in my motor home. Hot glue gun worked well and that's about 5 years ago. I also have and use a router mat that is also anti-slip .

Dan
 
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Randy,

I made my bench cookies with hockey pucks and glued anti-slip liners that I bought to use in my motor home. Hot glue gun worked well and that's about 5 years ago. I also have and use a router mat that is also anti-slip .

Dan
and easier way is self stick Anti-Skid Pads....
great for you push sticks and other safety equipment...
 
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