Welcome to the forum, Francis.Hi, it's my first post, so I hope the pics come through ok.
Mine is a shop-built unit based on the Triton router and base plate.
It works o.k. but I fuss with it a fair amount when setting up cuts.
If and when I change it I'll go with a precision fence.
Your table is a beautiful piece of work!
Regards & good luck to your son!
I'm new to using routers and after discovering this forum, decided to make a small table for my Bosch PR20EVSK palm router. The surface is MDF that's had about 10 wiped on coats of a mixture of oil based polyurethane and Naptha VM&P, lightly sanded between coats... then a healthy application of Johnson's Paste Furniture wax. The lower portion of the base was an old pine table top that was perfectly flat and pretty well made. The fence is also MDF with the same poly/naptha finish, held down by your standard t-track made by Incra. The actual plate holding the router is temporary because I have a nice 1/4" piece of Lexan on the way. And the guard/fence and vacuum attachment came from my local woodcraft. The vacuum I use is a 14-Gallon 6HP Ridgid that I use drywall bags in for extra filtration. The suction with this setup is so amazing, i get zero dust out the hole for the bit.
Right now i'm finishing up a 2-piece fence add-on so it can be used as a jointer as well.
And before anyone says it... yes, i know i need a bigger router. This project is for light work and more importantly... to learn. When I get a big router, I'll definitely be using Phenolic faced boards, and all the fancy stuff.
My router table has gone to the great repository in the sky.
Win/win....So I pulled a little rolling cabinet out of the neighbor's trash and turned it into this. The only expense was the $13 insert plate from Grizzly
Hi All just finished my routertabletop it makes me smile every day thanks to you all of combining ideas and made it with scrap what was laying around! Machine is the aweful Kinzo 750w with speedcontrol terrible machine its totaly unusable so i cut it apart and created with the motor this routertop! The Top is made from trespa 12mm old businessdesk and fence from some aluminium profiles i collected 10 years ago! Knobs bought and was the cost of the hole table. Inlay made from 2,5 mm fibreglass serving tray...light got it one day by ordering some other stuff...It was a nice project. Learned alot with working with trespa... Sawtable is my next project with the same crap...did all the sawcuts with my deWalt 18v circlesaw with a cheap amazing blade no bad cuts and absolutely straight LoL... Only the left side of the fence is warping to the inside but fix that later with t bar steel bended in outside curve for obsolutely straightness... The pressure clamping system is made of some left overs of trespa and my first skateboard wheels the most famous Kryptonics and works flawless very easy ripping!
It's nice to see all those post of very nice and allmost artful designs and inspired me so my thanks goes to you all!
Here are some pics of my table and yes now its time to rip some cabinets
5 routers in the table....You win first prize....Here is my current setup. Once I get free from a couple projects, I will redo the layout. I need to move the table saw closer to the middle so I have more support for falloff on larger sheets. I also need to space the lifts out better as a couple are too close when everything is set.