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    Default Routing just became allot easier!

    Some of you may remember about year ago I was agonizing of cutting aluminum with the table saw because the plastic plate was garbage for the router top I got cheap. Lost that photo album.

    Anyway this is the result. I had built this odd vanity size box that I was going to use in the new mud room. Well, got creative over the weekend. I must say.. had I known the stand alone router table would make routing so much easier I would have done it sooner! Need some hardware, casters. The phillipine mahogany was laying around the shop for years and the underlayment for the door panels.. looks like it belongs upstairs!




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    Very cool, always like to see things like that repurposed. You mentioned casters. I have casters on my router table but the problem is braking them properly, and a router table that moves, even slightly, is dangerous both to your project and your fingers. I know you already know that, but now might be a good time to plan a caster lowering system so your table sits rock solid when in use. Mine doesn't and I have to rebuild the bottom somehow so that it does.

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    Thanks Ron! I've the same problem with casters..Locking not locking. Rockler sells "lifting" casters but $ is a bit tight nowadays. I am thinking 2 wheels on the back. and just tilt and roll like a hand cart should work.
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Looks great Denise. I particularly like the beadboard. Nice touch
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    Thanks Chris.. oh that beadboard was water damaged and also laying around.
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Very fancy! Nice job!!

    Yes, router tables are great. We have two - one smaller bench-top table ($100 from Rockler) with a 2.25 hp Milwaukee in it, and a larger (2.5' X 3+') shop-built freestanding table with a 3.25 hp P/C in it. They both come in really handy.
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    The Bosch I have under there is over 20 years old.. still runs even with the speed controller .
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Several outfits make casters that lock both swivel and wheel rotation, which turns them into rubber feet. Very stable and immobile. Here are a set for $50... http://www.performancetoolcenter.com...FRa1wAodk6ENrg
    I got some locally for about the same, which would mean Lowe's, Home Depot, or Tractor Supply.

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    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    You might could build a hollow base with some casters on a foot lever, you know?

    Press lever, wheels go down. That type deal.

    I have used little pneumatic cyclinders as "jacks" to extend and retract casters for semi-mobile heavy stuff, but a manual jack, or jacks, would work just as well, and not require the tilt "dolly" style wheels would.

    Just thinking and suggesting.

    Nice cabinet/table. Loads of dust free storage, and it looks nice, too. Really lovely.

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    I think Denise's plan to use only two casters and two solid feet is good. I have never liked the individual caster brakes. The dual braking ones mentioned above may be better, but quite often they too easily un-brake themselves with a little movement and even when holding, there is very little rubber surface on the floor. Plus when you want to set the brakes, you have to go to four different corners around the tool and then often the levers have swiveled under the base. On my table saw, I have one of the pedal casters from Rockler that Denise mentioned. Of all my movable tools, that is the one I like the best.

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    I LIKE IT !!! am off to my local Scratch-n-Dent store this weekend to get
    something similar - - - great idea with the small drawers too.
    my portable table is a bit cumbersome to use in my Golden Years.


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    2 fixed casters are on, it moves like a hand cart my That should be all I'll need as it doesn't need to be moved very much. Thanks for the encouragement!
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    A few good ideas here too. https://woodgears.ca/mobile_base/index.html
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    I go to that site allot Peter. LOL I put all my router bits in the drawers ... only used 2.5 of the 6 drawers..So I have PLENTY of bit storage!
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Nice job; a router table is a great addition to any shop- even more so when it includes cabinet/drawer space.
    Now all you need are some nice French hand-painted porcelain knobs for the drawers and doors! :-)
    pvg

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    Oh made these just for fun, but I'll just pick up some at the big box store I have better things to with my time.
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Default Re: Routing just became allot easier!

    slopped some old mahogany stain onto the plywood, I did (thanks Chip!) look at and buy 2 of the new type of locking casters. they actually do lock well! Looking like a good place to put a beer tap if I were into beer LOL

    drawer knobs were a dollar each.


    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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