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    DIY router table gets an upgrade

    Thought about posting in the other router thread, but I think it needs its own thread. I'm a big fan of homemade router tables, but my previous table needed a serious overhaul. Here's the old one:



    Good, but not great. Large table, space for cutoffs, but dust is a MESS, and the fence was a good design but needs to be rebuilt with a real dado. Finally, the table has been through so many modifications it wasn't even flat anymore. Needed a facelift.

    First to replace the table. 1.25" of MDF, stripped with poplar, ready for formica. I wanted some real walking around space this time, so the tabletop is 25"x38".



    Next, I needed a cabinet down low to capture dust:





    Door still needs hinges.
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    I don't need to take the fixed base out, so no more removable plate. Backside is routed out:



    tabletop is smooth and uniform minus the zero clearance insert. I'm holding the baltic birch door shut here. I suppose I should mention this build was all done with scrap wood. Can't beat free.



    So, the dust needs to go somewhere, so the bottom is ported for a 6" dust port:



    Which is tied to a 6x6x6 wye:



    The wye splits off to a reducer to 4" for a flex pipe that will tie into the fence to tabletop dust collection.

    The bit storage box wasn't changed, it's ash and gets the job done.

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    Still need my 6" flex hose, but I'll use a PVC coupler as a QD:



    Nice thing about the zero clearance insert is I sized it very specifically so I can punch out blanks effortlessly. It's also setup so I can adjust the height from above the table.



    Next step is to refurbish the fence. It'll be twice as tall, minimum, and I *may* bore out the fence to hold a 4" pipe instead of 2.25, if it's needed.



    But HERE is a big reason I am so excited. The table is sized to mate up to my assembly table:



    The the assembly table is great, but the ability to take the fence off and have a WIDE OPEN space to section wood is truly truly valuble.
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    From the last post, SO NICE to have a place to set a 4x8 sheet of stock:



    Finally, I locked the two tables together with a coffin lock variant, whatever my hardware store had available:



    Till I get to my fence, that's it. Still need to dado the miter track, but other than that, I think it's gonna be good to go. Big reason the whole project got fast tracked is to make a series of closet doors though-out my house (you can see the bits I'm REALLY EXCITED to play with still in packaging in the bit storage pic). Can't wait.

    Or in short, I had a good weekend.
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    Nice work. I take it you made everything in your garage?

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    Whenever possible.

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    Damn, I love that concept for zero-clearance inserts.

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    I've been dying to implement it. The sad thing is I didn't own the hole saw or arbor. It's a idea best suited for folks who already HAVE the equipment and can multi-task it. That's a major reason I didn't do this years ago. But since I was buying the metal ducting anyways, may as well put forth the extra $35 on an arbor and hole saw, and I'll be 50% set up for when I do the can lighting in the house. 100% set up if my cans use 4" holes!

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