This all started a few years ago, I was at a garage sale and there was a whole collection of Popular mechanics do it yourself Encyclopedia's from the late 50's. I bought the whole set for $5.00. Not that I thought I would use them I just thought they would be interesting reading.
What I discovered is, back then if you did not have a tool you just built one.
Nowadays there is just about any tool out there you can think of, so if you are building one, it either doesn't exist, or you can't afford to buy one.
I got inspired by the idea of building some creative tools and haven't stopped thinking about it since. I spent 2 years building a router based milling machine for wood. If anyone wants to see it I will post some pictures.
As far as this post goes. I just finished a router table that can go from vertical to horizontal and every thing in between. This is the finished rough version of it. The first thing I tried to do with it is make a slot for a spline on a 45 degree cuts. It worked very well I was very satisfied.
I have 2 fences for it, one is stationary at 90 degrees and the other is adjustable.
It also has raising and lowering capability on the table.
Yes, I did read that post on router safety, and although I don't show it in the pictures I have a few ways to keep my fingers out of the bit. As you can see, my fences are very high I do this on purpose so I can clamp any type of finger boards or guards as needed in any position. I don't like to fasten anything permanent to the fence because It may hinder some of my applications.
Here are some pictures of how I mounted the router. As you can see I basically cut everything at a 45 degree angle to hold everything in place. I did sand the cuts very smooth and rubbed wax on them just to keep the movement from binding. Also because I used 3/4 material I routed the back of the slide down 3/8 just to let the router sit deeper in the table.
Very cool and well done. I have been wanting to make both a vertical and horizontal router tables one on each side of my radial arm saw. I like your setup for moving the router and especially the tilting capability. I saw in one of the woodworking Magazines a router lift that also allowed you to tilt the router. You done a very nice job of incorporating all 3 ideas in one table.
Hi I'm new to this place and I'm trying to get my shop up and I have been looking for a router table and after seeing yours I can tell that's what I'm looking for so if you have plans I was wondering if you would post or send them thanks.