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Wanted! pictures of your router table!

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Okay members, here is your chance to brag. My son in GA, wants to see pictures of router tables to give him some ideas for his. I told him to look at mine and he don't need to see any others, but he didn't believe me. :)
So here are 3 of mine to get us started. Lets show him what you got.


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Table Features Dust Collection

A little explanation might be in order:
Top side collected dust is routed (no pun intended) through a tapered duct in the fence to a hole in the top, where it drops down to the top chamber that encloses the router. There it joins the dust expelled from the bottom of the bit. The bottom chamber collects the combined dust and routes it out the back. Holes in the top chamber door are for "makeup air" to ensure adequate air flow. The holes in the back serve the same function. I sized the hole in the top so that its cross sectional area is 1/2 the area of the 4" hose. Similarly, the total area of the "makeup air" holes also equals 1/2 the area of the 4" hose. This was intended to be a starting point, but it worked out well , so I didn't change anything.
The top is two layers of 3/4" MDF covered with Formica. The cabinet is 3/4" solid oak and oak plywood.


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Thanks for the kind words! The face frame uses biscuit joinery. The rest of the cabinet is dado construction. The oak trim on the table itself is fastened to the MDF with biscuits. The walnut splines on the oak trim are functional, but not really necessary. They're mostly for looks.
Make-Up Air Restriction

Hi Jon:

Welcome to the forums! Great looking table you have there!

Question: how good is the suction pressure at the fence dust collection port? By limiting the make-up hole area to half the 4" hose area, you create a partial vacuum. Do you find it adequate for the fence's dust collection?

Good question! There is a trade off between pressure (vacuum) and air velocity. I wanted the velocity of air flow through the make-up holes to be fairly high so that the dust would be swept toward the collection port in the center of the chamber, rather than being collected in the corners. Also, much of my routing is done with large diameter bits. As a result, there is fairly large cross-sectional opening in the fence with these bits. I wanted to have a reasonably high vacuum with the resultant high air velocity at the fence opening. Of course the distribution of pressure between the fence opening and the make-up air holes varies as the fence opening is changed. Does this sound like an explanation, or an excuse :D So far, it looks like I have a resonable compromise. This is a work in progress, so I might end up increasing the number of make-up air holes. Thanks for the reply.
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