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post #41 of 51 Old 01-02-2014, 11:24 PM
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Mines shaping up to be pretty similar on paper....but I can't decide on a height. 36 seems too low, but I'm worried 42 is too high.....40 doesn't seem right..... Guess I'll just start building and see what happens.

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Mines shaping up to be pretty similar on paper....but I can't decide on a height. 36 seems too low, but I'm worried 42 is too high.....40 doesn't seem right..... Guess I'll just start building and see what happens.
Well I'm 5'10" and when I first put the casters on it, they were 2" casters and I felt the table was a tad too low, so I took them back at got 3 1/2" casters and perfect! I like not having to stoop down when I set it up, but it's also not right in my face when I'm running it.
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Personally, I like the table just about an inch below my elbows, when I'm standing next to it, which is 41-inches. My big router table which is made from a 6-8 X 3-6, solid core door is 36-inches high when I set it up. It is reserved for working on large flat pieces. Things like pattern routing plywood yard art.

Bill Hylton, the author of the two best selling books on the router ever published, has a design for one that is higher than that. He is over 6-ft tall, and for some operations prefers a table surface that is chest high.

If you haven't read his book on router tables, you probably should before you finalize your design.
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Love your table design and build.

Just thought I'd add a note from a video I saw somewhere else that you might want to think about. The presenter ducted the vents on the bottom of his router motor out of the DC box to fresh air using a length of corrigated/flexible drain line to keep the motor from fighting the DC and sucking chips & dust up into the motor housing. He cut the cabinet hole large enough and the flex line long enough, not worrying about what leakage would occur, to allow the router to be moved up and down without restriction. I think I'm going to incorporate the idea when I build my router cabinet, which is going to have to wait until I complete a total reorg of my shop and installation of the central DC system that has brought the reorg about.

Really like your work and plan to "steal" your plexiglas idea.
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Very nice and the drawers are excellent.

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Love your table design and build.

Just thought I'd add a note from a video I saw somewhere else that you might want to think about. The presenter ducted the vents on the bottom of his router motor out of the DC box to fresh air using a length of corrigated/flexible drain line to keep the motor from fighting the DC and sucking chips & dust up into the motor housing. He cut the cabinet hole large enough and the flex line long enough, not worrying about what leakage would occur, to allow the router to be moved up and down without restriction. I think I'm going to incorporate the idea when I build my router cabinet, which is going to have to wait until I complete a total reorg of my shop and installation of the central DC system that has brought the reorg about.

Really like your work and plan to "steal" your plexiglas idea.
Thanks for the kind words I haven't had any problems with dust or chips. The two 2 1/2" vents I have seem to be doing a good job of providing fresh air as well as preventing any sort of vacuum lock.

Feel free to use anything you see as there is no such thing as stealing from me. None of the things you see on my router table, besides the bit drawer is original to my brain You can Google router tables and see about twenty or so tables that look pretty much like mine.
Good luck on your re org!

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just wow, looks just great.

how long have you been woodworking to be able to make something like this?

thanks for the help!
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just wow, looks just great.

how long have you been woodworking to be able to make something like this?
Off and on for about 6 weeks, it's that easy.
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yes but seriously? i am curious.

thanks for the help!
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I've been fortunate to have grown up the son of a cabinet / furniture maker.
If you look at the build, you'll see it is just a
series of steps, none of them really complicated. New woodworkers tend to look at the whole picture and get overwhelmed, doesn't need to if you break it down.
You can do it!
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Quality job Eric.
Norm would certainly approve.

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