I have a mobile workbench I made, approx. 3' x 4', on wheels and
like to install a router underneath. Does anyone know of a conversion
kit or similar I could buy to install?
Maybe it would be easier to recess a piece of aluminum into the 3/4"
plywood top and cut a hole in the metal for the router bits
Making your own router plate, and using your router to recess it in the top
of your mobile workbench, is a simple, cost effective way to go.
I used a piece of plywood with an inlaid phenolic router plate, between two
saw horses, for a long time before going the dedicated router table route.
There are also, depending upon your budget, a lot of commercial
options/router plates available also, among them, strictly for ideas:
Check with the likes of Rockler, WoodCraft and Lee Valley also.
Thanks for the website. Like to mentioned I can use these for ideas
and rough templates. That must of been annoying using the router table
on saw-horses. My workbench was built 1/8" shorter than my table saw
which also has a stand with wheels. (No workshop, just a garage with
Amazing how well it worked and how mobile it was, not to mention how little
room it took up ... a big consideration in a small shop. :)
Sag is a problem with plywood, so the thicker the better, which can be a
problem because it cuts back on your bit height adjustment room.
That's why I like your idea of an aluminum plate, particularly if you
reinforce your workbench top from underneath to keep it flat. You can also
make an aluminum plate once and use it on any future iterations of a router
I need to make one (an aluminum plate) for my router table because my PC
7518 will flex even a tough phenolic plate just enough to occasionally cause
a problem with precision routing.
Good luck ...
Thu, Sep 27, 2007, 1:23pm (EDT-3) email@example.com (Dave) doth sayeth:
<snip> Maybe it would be easier to recess a piece of aluminum into the
3/4" plywood top and cut a hole in the metal for the router bits
Or a piece of plywood.
What is life without challenge and a constant stream of new
- Peter Egan
Thanks Bob, I presume you are referring to Bob Vila's website. The
plans I did find there were for sale not a free download. But no
biggie, I found links on that site to other sites that has them. My
brother uses a lot of aluminum for making drain covers for retention
ponds and found a 9"x12" piece he is going to give me. I can use other
plans for templates, ideas, mistakes to look out for, etc...
Thanks again for all the ideas everyone.
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