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Small Router Table

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by natec, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. natec

    natec Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I recently acquired a Bosch GKF125CEPK 1.25 HP and have used it to get further along with my parts caster builds (rounding over bodies, cutting pickup cavities, etc.).

    I'd like to take advantage of a slightly more stable platform, perhaps to practice routing dovetail joints for a small amp cab project.

    I was looking for a small router table or plans for a small table and ran across this:

    https://www.rockler.com/trim-router-table

    Does anyone have any experience, or comments on this setup?
     
  2. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Poster Extraordinaire

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    I noticed that in a Rockler catalog. Let me start by saying I have a bench top table router that I use a lot. I take it outside and put it on a low table - that makes clean up a lot easier than using it in the shop. One thing I really like about mine is that it has a height adjustment that uses a long socket wrench thru a hole in the top (the special wrench comes with the table). Most laminate trimmers don't have this kind of depth adjustment - you usually release a clamp around the body and move it relative to the base which would be a big hassle with a table.

    If all I did with mine was route truss rod channels it would have paid for itself long ago. You want a good fence for this.

    If I was going to do something like the rockler table I would put good short legs on it with brackets that I could clamp it down to a work bench or table. I would want a power switch conveniently located (not the one on the router). I would want the depth adjustment and I would want a split fence.

    The hole with the little lines is the adjustment. One turn is 1/8 of an inch (but I always measure)

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  3. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    Just anchor it to something heavy, the biggest problem is the table moving or shaking while you try to move the wood!
     
  4. guitarbuilder

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    Make your own router table. The small ones are not long enough to do many luthiery router operations. I have a Benchdog one in mothballs. You won't use havlf the stuff that these router tables come with. What you want are a flat surface and a fence.


    DIY Router Table : 6 Steps (with Pictures) - Instructables

    Back in the 1980's I built one from home center materials from plans in a magazine. I wish I didn't leave it at school for the next teacher as it was better than what I bought recently.

    The hardware was a pair of 1/4-20 bolts and wing nuts that ran in the slot that you can't really see that well.

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    Last edited: Nov 24, 2020
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