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A router table insert

Posted by Alan on 31st August 2015 in Router Insert, Wood Butchery |

I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos on how to use the router, among other tools, and the overwhelming impression I got was that more could be done quicker and safer by mounting the router in a table.

I don’t have £100 to £500 for a tool I’ll rarely use, but it seems there are others out there with the same problem and various solutions have been posted, ranging from the ingenious to the downright dangerous!

I have to thank WoodWorkWeb, Ron Buchanan, Cosmas B and Savvas Papasavva for the inspiration and ideas that form the basis of my cheap and simple table. It consists very simply of an IKEA chopping board, to which the router base is bolted using some M6 countersunk Allen bolts I found in my random fixings box.

I’ll confess that I’m rubbish at accurate drilling so the bolt holes were drilled 7mm and the countersinks used to secure and align the base. Crude, but sufficient for my simple needs.

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Here’s the router bolted to the chopping board, together with the drilling template I’d simply made by drawing around the router base and punching holes with a pencil. I suspect that’s the source of my drilling inaccuracies.

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This is the other, or working, side. Four bolts is almost certainly overkill but I couldn’t decide whether two, inline,  or  three, in a triangle, would be required, so drilled them all. I then realised that unplugged ones would fill with sawdust!

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Finally, today at least, here’s the whole assembly mounted in the work bench. I have designs on making a multifunction slab, in which I route a space for it.

The eagle-eyed among you will note that I haven’t yet made the hole in the middle. The truth is that I’m not sure how yet. I think I’m going to use the three straight bits, increasing in size, followed by the chamfer bit to open the hole up slowly but to the maximum size I’ll require for now.

If this one doesn’t work out, I’m down about £2 for another board. At this stage in my woodworking, I can shoulder that sort of loss, and later maybe upgrade to a phenolic resin insert plate.

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