Thread: Les's new router table - built
15th Mar 2015, 04:17 PM #1
Les's new router table - built
Hi Guys, just a post to show off my new router table. Until recently I used the Triton router table with the TRA001 mounted.
I achieved some great results and made many a raised panel door on this.
But I decided I wanted something similar to what Norm has made on the NYW and the pics below is the result.
I was not cheap. I could have purchased other router tables but they would not have been much better than the Triton.
What made this one rather expensive was the the hardware - Incra winderfence etc.
Well here are the pics. The handle are temporary until I make some Jarrah handles to match the table trim and as contrast to the Euro beech faces.
15th Mar 2015, 04:27 PM #2
Sure looks a lot better than mine.
I think I'm jealous....
15th Mar 2015, 04:34 PM #3
A Wolf Whistle for Les's Router Table.....
Absolutely fabulous Les .... I'm very jealous of your skills and patience ... way way above mine.
At present I am still plotting and planning my new table but it will be utilising a lifting lid and sliding bolts to secure the router in and out easily and speedily. I'm getting there. will keep you posted.
15th Mar 2015, 09:15 PM #4
I've been looking at doing something similar with my TRA001; how does the Kreg plate go with the router, any problems in use? Mine was going to be open framed but I may just have to demonstrate that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That's almost too good to use!
15th Mar 2015, 10:45 PM #5
Hi CT. Fitting the Kreg plate can be tricky, but just making a corner to fit is the trick to it all. By making just one corner and getting it right can then be used as a template for the whole fitting. Once that is done then it is plain sailing with the Kreg plate which can be purchased for the Triton router or as a general plate for any other router fitting by drilling the appropriate holes.
I added extra support in the middle of the long side to hopefully eliminate any sagging over the long run.
This whole build was based on the NYW build and there is a PDF available on the internet that another person posted from his build. I used that as a guide as well as the video of the NYW build.
15th Mar 2015, 10:49 PM #6
16th Mar 2015, 02:33 AM #7Retired
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- May 2012
Judging from Photo 3, you could have used a few more drawers
16th Mar 2015, 12:41 PM #8
17th Mar 2015, 06:25 PM #9Skwair2rownd
- Join Date
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- Dundowran Beach
19th Mar 2015, 10:25 AM #10
Wow, Les, that's very, very classy and is an absolute credit to you - WELL DONE!
20th Mar 2015, 08:01 PM #11
Great table Les.
You have inspired me to start on a new table for myself to replace my tired old one.
Plans and new components are in place and on order. Hope you don't mind that i based the basic design on yours. Plenty of storage space.
21st Mar 2015, 04:55 PM #12
Good luck with the endeavour.
21st Mar 2015, 07:16 PM #13
That is a ripper Les!
I also need to replace my Triton router table, something like this is definitely on the list.
22nd Mar 2015, 12:45 PM #14
First up, thanks Les for the link. I downloaded the plans but for some reason the PDF doesnt want to open on my PC. It either wanted to open in Office Word (and was illegible) and when i tried to open it another way my computer started going mental and i had to reboot it. Not to worry.
Anyway....i have started gathering bits for my new table and wanted to put some questions out there to you or who ever may want to answer.
I plan to fit mine out so it is the only tool running, connected straight to my 2hp dusty using 4" hose and connectors, entering the cabinet from the side (the table lives against a wall in a tight single car garage so a rear outlet is a no-go) with a tee somewhere for a tube to the fence. I want it to enter the router cavity low down to pick up falling chips and dust.
I notice Les, that you have holes cut into the front router access door. I realise that if your sucking air out it has to be replaced so see the need for some sort of intake...even for some cooling of the router.
Q1. Is there some sort of rule of thumb as to how many holes you need to cut?
Q2. Do you even need these holes...will the insert plate hole be enough?
Any other advice regarding this topic will be appreciated.
22nd Mar 2015, 05:39 PM #15
Steven, if you need the PDF send me a PM with you email address.
As I said you will be building it to suit your needs. You can build in the 4" dust collection from the side low down without a problem. To do so you need to sacrifice 1 of the smaller drawers - no biggie. I drilled 5 of the 20mm holes (have the forstner bit) but could be up to 35mm I reckon. I used the number of holes that Norm cut as a guide and the suction is just great. I did not test without the holes so do not know if the insert plate gap is enough. My concern was also to have air flow for the router. Maybe someone else can shed more light on whether the holes are really needed. Norm used a piece of perspex for the door but I just used what I had.
I am using an old WAP vauum cleaner with a dust deputy cyclone for the fence dust collection. I originally planned a t-piece to connect to the 4" outlet, but as I had the other parts, I did not bother. It should work well if you go this way.
I also mounted a Triton switch box, in fact 3 of them. Router, dust collector and vacuum cleaner on the right hand side. Quick to switch on and off.
Hope this helps
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