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    Portable router table?

    I've been meaning to either put a router table extension on my TS or build a light & nimble router table for my shop. I'm leaning at the moment toward the small basic and portable version, anyone got one they like and might have pics of?
    -Ned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    I've been meaning to either put a router table extension on my TS or build a light & nimble router table for my shop. I'm leaning at the moment toward the small basic and portable version, anyone got one they like and might have pics of?
    Get Carols book, she got one that she puts on her workmate.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    anyone got one they like and might have pics of?
    Yes.
    3 yrs old and still meets my needs.
    I recently scored a Freud top, so this might get overhauled or replaced next summer. But it is simple to build and very cheap.

    I based this partly off of Pat Warner's web site advice.
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    Art,
    Funny thing, I found your page via google... wondered if it was yours or not! lol Thanks!
    -Ned

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    nice article and pics...thanks

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    This reminds me I need to update that web page. I quickly found that the 24x24 top was way too big to easily move around. So I resized it down to 18" deep by 24" wide. This took a bit of tricky cutting, but it worked.
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    I saw that Pat Warner still has his website up , wonder if he's still out there in Cali making those cool tools, or if he's retired.
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    Pat's still kickin'. He lives down near dad. I like Art's table. If the router table is not a cornerstone machine for you I would keep it as simple as possible. If you already have a workmate (doesn't everybody?) I would go with Carol's design.
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    Ned

    Here is my portable router table.

    About as portable as I can get, and it works quite well.
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    No insert so therefore there is no sag. The two runner strips are so I can capture it in my Black and Decker Workmate.

    I have had boughten tables and I built a table into my first table saw way back. I built this to tide me over when I need a table "Now" and I had given my old saw with table built in on left to my son. It was for one job but is still used after 5 or 6 years. Stores easily and quickly. Can use most any scrap of wood and a couple of clamps for a fence. I wouldn't hesitate to screw a fence to it if needed. The material was a panel from a thrown out computer desk. It is covered particle board.. The routed out area was done free hand as you can probably tell.

    If "when" I do another I will mount the runner to clamp into the workmate different. It will be bigger and a single one near the edge so the router can hang off the workmate. At least that is my thought as of now. Might not work out but the current mount into the Workmate is the weak point of the design in that it makes the router hard to get too, not that it is weak mechanically.

    Garry
    Last edited by Garry Foster; 01-03-2011 at 10:48 PM.

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    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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