|This is my homemade Router
Table. Basically, it just a melamine cabinet but my choice of the Incra
Ultralite fence forced a significant change to the design compared to
traditional Router Tables.
As you can see from the first photo, the working position is from what normally would be considered to be the side of the table. The reason for this is that the Incra Ultralite fence requires a very deep table which would have made the table way to big/deep particularly for my little workshop. So as not to waste all the cabinet space, I choose to build drawers/cabinets in the side and the only thing on the "front" working position is the external power switch. This has proven to be a great design and provides some little added benefits (i.e. no door knobs to bang your knee against).
Also, having the main door covering the Router enclosure on the "side" has also proved to be a benefit (surprisingly). This is when I am doing the initial setup and adjusting the bit height as I can position the fence and then place the piece of stock behind the bit. From the side position, I can sight down the fence, see the bit position in relation to the work piece. I have found this great for the initial setup as well as fine tuning later on.
Note that this would not be as easy if I had a conventional Router which I don't. I purchased a Triton router when they first came out and am immensely pleased with it. It has so many features that make life simple particularly the winding knob to adjust the bit height and then the infinite fine tuning knob. Not to mention the auto locking spindle giving the ability to change bits from the table top with one spanner. If you have not seen/heard of them before - check one out - you will not regret it (apart from the pain in the hip pocket as you leave the tool shop )
In this shot you can see my Router bit draw. The bits are
held in two plastic breadboards I picked up from a discount shop.
These work great and also prevent corrosion of the bit shafts. You
can also see dust chute under the Router going to the 150mm (4") dust
port which is connected to my Cyclone dust
|Lastly, so as to
conserve space, I chose to mount my Grinder and Metal Vice on the
"back" of the table. Again, this has worked very well for
me. However, doing so has force me to position the table in nearly
the centre of the shop as access is need to three sides. This is
fine really as it is in the best place for the area I have.
I am very, very pleased with my Router table and I don't think I would change anything if I built another.
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