A long time ago I had asked whether I should just sell my tools since I hadn't touched them in couple of years. even that question I believe was asked 4-5 years ago. So all my tools sat in my basement for all these years until couple of months ago when we decided that within next year or so we will be finishing our basement. So I asked for help from our local handyman and with his help added extra power outlets on different breakers in garage. I added 2 x 220v 20amp on one breaker, 2 x 110v on 1 breaker & 2 x 110v on 1 breaker total. All my tools are on 110v so idea was that I would have my dust collector and one more tool ( bandsaw, table saw etc ) each running on different circuit. 220v is specifically for my compressor whose motor cannot be switched to 110v. right now, except for dust collector, jointer and router table everything has been brought up from basement. I think I am going to need some help with jointer & dustcollector.
Which brings us to Router table For all the years my router table had been 2' x 4' sheet of MDF on 2x4 dimensional lumber legs. Althought it did serve it's purpose I think it's time to retire it. It will also help me get reacquinted with my tools ( mods, given my skill level, if this should be in new woodworker section, please move it and I will continue posting in that area ). Most router table designs I have seen tend to mount router in the middle of the table top. I will be using my router table with both standard shop built fence as well as incra joinery fence I have. so I decided to build a table that mounts router plate towards one end. Table also needs to have drawers to store all router accessories I have. So I got ecabinets out and did a quick design. this is what I have so far. Few things to note..
* All joints were set to be butt joints in ecabinets software so that I could use biscuits to do the joinery.
* three of the small four drawers on side will require extra 1/2" panel that is cut in same dimensions as 1/4" drawer bottom in cutlist. this panel will have 1/4" lip all along it's sides. it will fit just like drawer bottom in a 1/4" groove that will be set 1" above drawer bottom groove. one of these panels will have 1/4" thru holes drilled on 1" X 1" grid to hold 1/4" shank bits upright. second panel will similarly have 1/2" holes drilled for 1/2" shank bits. third panel will have 1 3/16" holes drilled to hold all my template guides.
* Top will be made out of 2 layers of standard 5/8" MDF with white laminate on top.
* Door on section which holds router will have middle panel of acrylic with holes drilled in to make sure there balanced air pressure ( right term? ) to offset dust collector suction.
router_table.jpg shows what finished router table is expected to look like. router_table_exploded.jpg is exploded parts display with one side set to transperent.
Tomorrow I will check what I have by way of sheet good in inventory and start the build.