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    Norm Abram's Deluxe Router Station.....

    Here's my latest project I finished yesterday. Pardon the photos. The wife and I leave on a trip later this week and she has all 3 of her cameras packed. I shot these using my cell phone.

    The carcass is scrap 3/4" red oak plywood trimmed out in white oak. Both were left over from previous projects. The top is doubled, screwed and glued 3/4" MDF for a final thickness of 1 1/2". The top and the working face of the fence was laminated with formica. Instead of using T-slots, I chose to install T-track. Inset is a Woodpecker's PRL-V2 and a PC 7518, 3 1/4hp router. Dust collection is done above and below the table top.

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    It's not my best work but it's been a learning experience and will serve me well for years to come!
    Last edited by Ken Fitzgerald; 06-10-2013 at 02:05 AM.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Sweet Ken that is a great setup and with the woodpecker lift it is perfect

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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Pretty slick Ken. It looks like it will handle anything you throw at it....very nice.

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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    That is a great looking cabinet Ken, well done!

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.
    Looks great Ken!
    He who laughs last, thinks slowest

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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    good job fitz, your shop looks alot more organized since the last time i was there if norm gets remembered for anything it should be his router table setup many of us followed his ideas for our own..
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Thanks everybody!

    Larry, if you look behind the router station, you will notice the lumber rack. I was so embarrassed by the condition of my shop when you guys visited, I have done a lot since then to organize it.

    Next up I work with walnut for the first time. I have some 15 year old rough sawn walnut given to me by my oldest son's FIL. I intend on making some jewelry boxes and giving to jos wife and her mother. The jewelry boxes made from the walnut her Dad/her husband gave me. I have never veneered but this will be primarily walnut with birdseye maple veneered top wrapped in an inlay. So I need to learn to veneer for this project.

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    My next shop tools will be 1) Norm's clamp cart and 2) a self designed "shorts or scrap" box that I can use to store small useable pieces of wood. Both device will be mounted on rollers.

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    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Very nice work on the router cabinet, Ken!

    Is the clamp cart the A-frame? If so, I modeled one after Norm's and it works great. I set cross members at various locations based on the types of clamps I have.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Boy, that is a nice router cabinet setup. Nice work. In my dreams I have a bigger shop so I can have something like that. Coarse in my dreams I am always rich so I added a Incra fence system to it....
    "We the People ......"

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