I'm thinking about building a router table, but I've got some issues with
it. I've sorta been dropped into the position of running a small
cabinetshop, and I'm trying to adapt some things to my own desires. We
have a big 1/2" Hitachi router that's mounted in a little table thingy
that sets in a recess in one of the workbenches, next to a miter saw, and
it's got dust collection built into the fence and underneath where the
router mounts, but the fence is screwed down (not movable), and it's a
VERY small table (like 10x18"), and I can't figure out how to change the
router's depth. I don't know if it's frozen or if I'm just missing
something or what, but trying to do anything with the router 'table'
drives me absolutely nuts.
SOO, I'm kicking around the idea of making a table, two sheets of 3/4
MDF with formica laminate top and either formica edges or solid-wood
edges, not sure which. I have some 3/8" or 1/2" plexiglas, would that
work for an insert until I can get some phenolic? Should I try to build
dust collection into it? The spot I've picked out to put it already has a
capped off 3" hose drop coming off a main duct there, but no gate.
Haven't thought yet what I'm gonna do about a base, but I think we've got
some pressure treated lumber kicking around, probably would suffice.
Anyone know anything about Hitachi routers, and how to make them behave?