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    Shop Built Router Table

    Just thought I'd introduce myself by sharing a recent project with you all. After debating for a while whether to buy or build a router table, I finally deceided that the self-built option better suited my needs. A flat top, stable base, easy bit changes, and good dust collection were my priorities. Many of the ideas that I incorporated into the design were from Pat Warner's books and website. At some point in the future, I'll need to build a better fence. I'm open to suggestions on fence designs...
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    Thanks for looking.

    Dan

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    good looking bench Dan! I like the dust collection system.


    Didn't see that this was the first post...Welcome!
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    Welcome to the forums, Dan, and nice job on the router table. Looks like it'll get the job done just fine. I agree with you on the fence, but that's something that'll likely evolve somewhat as your needs change anyway. The way you did the dust collection hookup is very interesting.

    I've got a router table extension table on my tablesaw, and I'm trying to scheme up a good way to add below-the-table DC to mine. I'll have to give your approach some more thought. I've been also thinking of making a box to surround the router itself, but it'll need to be lightweight and easily removable. I'm wondering if rare earth magnets would be a workable way to hold the box in place.
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    Hi Dan,
    Thanks for that nice collection and sequence of photos, oh yeah welcome to the "Family". Glad to have you here.
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    Welcome to Family Woodworking, Dan. That looks like a fine router table with good dust collection.

    I bought my first ever router table top this week. Now, I need to build some sort ofd support for it.
    Cheers, Frank

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    First post.... a gloat WITH pictures....I think you'll fit right in with the rest of the family...Welcome.

    Nice looking router table
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    Nice work Dan. Did you use 3/4" baltic birch?


    Doug

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    Also just noticed what looks like 5 pound weights at the bottom of the base for weight. Pretty neat idea.

    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Sinjem View Post
    Also just noticed what looks like 5 pound weights at the bottom of the base for weight. Pretty neat idea.

    Doug
    I noticed the weights, too. Great idea. Weights in the shop are handy.

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    It's amazing how much faster the belt sander is when it weighs ten extra pounds. (I was intentionally trying to wear out the sander, too. Still haven't, though.)

    Sorry for the threadjack, Dan.
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    Welcome Dan!

    Great first post!

    I think you made the right choice by building your own table, I built mine, and I hope it is the last one I build

    Cheers!
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