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My new router table

Like all good stories, this one starts with me being an idiot.

Some backstory, for my drill press and belt grinder, i used a treadmill motor and speed controller, both ripped out from treadmills. As you could imagine, that meant i had 2 treadmills, and now have 2 treadmill skeletons that i need to dispose of. The frame is all steel, so thats staying with me, but what to do with the rest?

Build a router table of course!


Turns out the boards the belt of the treadmill runs of is a really lovely phenolic-face mdf. Consistent thickness, flat and incredibly smooth. Some screws and pieces of wood for support, and its now an router table extension wing for my table saw.

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No need for a lift either, my craftsman router came with a fixed and plunge base, and the fixed base has an above-the-table lift mechanism. A few machine screws and bam, instant router lift.

One more thing to note, the white stripe in the first picture is actually a strip of maple, glues into a dado in the top with a 3/4x3/8 slot for a miter gauge. No need for fancy aluminium extrusion, this works just fine.

Sure, not as fancy as some router tables, but i dont have room for a dedicated router table anyway. Now all i ned to do is make an auxiliary fence to slip over the table saw fence

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Anyone that can design and build a workable item from recycled material, is NOT "an idiot"! Thanks for sharing your unique ideas, and be safe.
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Nice repurpose!


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Anyone that can design and build a workable item from recycled material, is NOT "an idiot"! Thanks for sharing your unique ideas, and be safe.
Nah, the idiot is the one who has more broken treadmills than tools in his basement

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