I have a B&Q special "P pro" half inch router. (CLM1250R for the
anaroks among you). I just bought a Nutool router table (BT102) and
find that it only takes routers up to 150mm diamater base. Mine is...
170MM. Effectively that means it only takes a quarter inch router.
Shite! What a waste of money. Looks like another posting in the
friday ad coming up. Anyway...
Anyone got a RECCOMENDATION for an AFFORDABLE table that takes a half
inch router? Ideally one I could go out and buy today as I want to
get these jobs finished. The screwfix one (p544 volume 75) hasn't got
size info available and is a bit expensive at the mo'. But maybe
thats what I'll end up having to do.
Depending on how much routing you need to do,might be cheaper to buy a Nutool
router to go with the Nutool table. I have the latter, and with plenty of
added guides & clamps, it works a treat for the occasional job
Take a top of 3/4" MDF with a frame of 2"x1" round the edges. Make an
insert plate of Tufnol / Perspex / whatever and drop that into a
routed shallow mortice. Use a ten quid Lucky-Workfriend folding bench
as a leg donor.
And if you're brave, make the fence too. 4" or 6" wide L section MDF
"angle iron" with buttresses, stuck together with biscuit joints. Cut
a 2" diameter half circle out for the cutter.
Put sliding false fences of 3/8" MDF on the face, with a small notch
at the bottom for close and adjustable cutter clearance. Flat head
roofing bolts in a slotted counterbore are an easy way to attach them
that won't protrude about the surface. You can also replace the fence
faces if you ever bite them.
Don't try to make it slide for adjustment, just pivot it - bolt one
end, slot the other. Use big thumbwheels (Axminster or good toolshop)
into screw-in threaded inserts in the tabletop beneath.
If you're energetic, box in the back centre section between buttresses
(use clear Perspex) and add a vacuum hose attachment.
Then make some other fences, like a horseshoe or a pin, and attach
those through the same sort of inserts.
Wax the lot against moisture. Don't omit the edge frame, or it'll sag.
Also fit a big switch and socket that you can access without reaching
underneath. Axminster do a decent NVR switch that's about right.
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