I've been on vacation all week and finally got the router table built. The
top is off Norm's plans but the cabinet is just a basic mdf cabinet with a
large open space at top for dust collection and bottom for a large drawer.
I put the Bosch 1617EVS in it so now needed another hand router. Wife took
me to Lowes ( my birthday) and bought me the Dewalt DW616PK, I wanted to get
the PC-8529 but they were out of them. Mainly I wanted a plunge router and
the gal at Lowes said I had 30 days to bring it back for a refund or
I like it pretty well, I ordered the plan (they sent me the newest one) and
had the video from taping it off tv. I made the top 26X36. I got the T-slots
from Rockler, they had them by one get one free. As far as materials,
including 2 sheets of 3/4 mdf and one sheet 1/2 mdf, misc hardware and paint
including what I bought at Rockler I probably have about $130 in it. I used
the mdf for top and cabinet. It sure beats the old Craftsman table and
router I had. Only one real slipup was when I routed out for the insert I
got it just a hair, maybe 1/16th to big and the insert will move a little.
I picked up everything but the specialty hardware (t-tracks) from Lowes. I
forgot to get the router switch that mounts on the outside of the cabinet so
I used a couple of handy boxes and used a 20 amp light switch and 20 amp
outlet. The formica was free, check local cabinet shops for scraps.
Been wanting to get something to work with the rails on my TS. Sort of like
an insert I can slide on, then take off and hang on the wall if needed. Was
thinking about doing this sans the cabinet, but then again, I might just
build it on casters, so I can wheel it around.
And if I read you correctly, you used MDF for the cabinet as well? How well
did that work?
Yes I built the cabinet out of MDF, Lowes had it for about $17. a sheet for
3/4. Used the router to cut dado's for the bottom & middle shelf and rabbit
for the back panel. I glued and screwed the shelves and back on, also I
glued and screwed short 2x4's to the bottom of the insides of the cabinet
and drove in the t-nuts and levelers. I primed the outside with BIN and
painted it. I'll try and take a few pics tomorrow and post it on abpw.
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