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Project by Dambo29 posted 10-10-2018 04:10 PM 732 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hobbyist here. Wanted to post one of my first projects (after a very crude workbench for a darkroom, some shelves for the garage, and a couple of cutting boards) from about 4.5 years ago.

I lurked here at LJ and other sites around the web and got a bunch of ideas and decided to try this out. I built it all except for the Rockler table top and fence system.

I have to say I’ve been very happy with it but my two-car garage shop is a little crowded and I feel like incorporating the router table into the table saw setup. Perhaps that’ll be my next big project.





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moke

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#1 posted 10-10-2018 04:47 PM

Great job…..I have one very similar that I bought in a kit from some guy at a Wood club meeting…...I realize that is cheating but it was 30.00. It is very well designed and will serve you well for your entire ww career. If you haven’t already, save up for a router lift….it will make the tool!

Good job, thanks for showing.

-- Mike

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pottz

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#2 posted 10-10-2018 04:48 PM

nice job that will serve you quite well,congrats.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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AlanJ44

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#3 posted 10-10-2018 05:04 PM

looking good

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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ohwoodeye

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#4 posted 10-10-2018 07:30 PM

I built Norm’s version which is quite similar. I had issues with the router overheating when run for an extended period of time. I believe it was being starved from air. My vacuum sucks a lot of air out…..perhaps more than it could suck in through the 3 holes. I drilled 3 more in the top of the door and that seemed to help.
I don’t often run it continuously as long as I did the one time but if I do I will probably just keep the door open. Sure don’t want to fry my router.
Something to be mindful of.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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pottz

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#5 posted 10-10-2018 07:35 PM



I built Norm s version which is quite similar. I had issues with the router overheating when run for an extended period of time. I believe it was being starved from air. My vacuum sucks a lot of air out…..perhaps more than it could suck in through the 3 holes. I drilled 3 more in the top of the door and that seemed to help.
I don t often run it continuously as long as I did the one time but if I do I will probably just keep the door open. Sure don t want to fry my router.
Something to be mindful of.

- ohwoodeye

good point,i had a similar problem until i drilled some holes at the bottom of the door,that got the air flow moving and helped clean out the dust better.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 10-10-2018 09:57 PM

Nice router box. I agree it comes with a footprint that screams I have a BIG steenkin shop and I don’t care. From reading I realize that isn’t everyone. You’ll have to post when you build your extension wing unit.

Thanks for posting.

Yes, these box type units like Narmon built are heat boxes, and routers don’t appreciate added heat. If you can find a mix to make adding airflow they aren’t too bad, unless you need the space, then a TS mounter rig wins every day.

-- Think safe, be safe

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KimAccurso

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#7 posted 10-10-2018 10:50 PM

That’s a beautiful thing. I’m terribly envious. However, I don’t have any heat problems with my terribly cheap Skil tabletop router table :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 10-11-2018 03:13 AM

That is a great router station. You will love using it.Ii have a similar one and I really love using it all the time!!
with that nice high fence, you can do 45 degree lock miters with it easily!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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majuvla

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#9 posted 10-11-2018 05:16 AM

Real beauty…whou wouldn’t like such maschine in garage/workshop?!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Peteybadboy

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#10 posted 10-11-2018 11:50 AM

I build the same thing years ago, yours is much better!

-- Petey

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NewbieInWV

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#11 posted 10-11-2018 02:06 PM

Did you make your own dust collection hose/tubing or was that something you bought? I need to put a more permanent DC design on my table and I like the way you did it.

-- Mike H, Elkins WV

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GR8HUNTER

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#12 posted 10-11-2018 02:15 PM

what no pictures of inside drawers with 2 more photo spots available …. what a very nice looking and functional router station …. GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Dambo29

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#13 posted 10-11-2018 02:39 PM



Did you make your own dust collection hose/tubing or was that something you bought? I need to put a more permanent DC design on my table and I like the way you did it.

- NewbieInWV

Yes, I went to THD and got some plumbing fittings/parts and built what you see in the back of it. Attaches to my vacuum and does a pretty decent job.

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Dambo29

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#14 posted 10-11-2018 02:42 PM

Thanks for all the flattering and encouraging words from everyone!

Also, I haven’t noticed the router getting particularly hot, perhaps I just don’t run it long enough, or perhaps the 4 holes in the front are enough for my use.

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pottz

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#15 posted 10-11-2018 02:46 PM



Thanks for all the flattering and encouraging words from everyone!

Also, I haven t noticed the router getting particularly hot, perhaps I just don t run it long enough, or perhaps the 4 holes in the front are enough for my use.

- Dambo29


i didnt notice the 4 large holes in your door,that plus the large space the routers in,i wouldnt worry about it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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