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Estimate leg width for router table

I'm making a table to hold my router. The surface will most likely be plywood but I'm wondering how to make the legs and attach them so that they're strong enough and the table is stable. The table ...
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What are some techniques for jointing boards using a router table?

I've seen suggestions to us a router to joint edges of boards, and some answers here that mention it, but I don't seem to be able to get the necessary precision using a router and table. I've tried ...
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Trend router table compatibility

I recently bought a Trend CRT/MK3 router table and am trying to choose a router to go with it. Feature wise the trend t11 looks good because of its ability to have the cut height adjusted through the ...
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Using surface flattening router bit in a router table

Is it a good idea to use a router bit intended for flattening surfaces, slabs etc, like this one: in a router table? The idea as follows: I attach two parallel bars to the piece I'm going to flatten, ...
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Is a featherboard necessary on a router table? Why not a block of wood?

I looking to chamfer the corners of 1" square stock to make octagonal timber using a homemade table-mounted router. I have so far been using a 45 degree bit with a bearing but without a fence. I ...
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Why do many router table fences have a 45 degree vertical edge at the router side?

I've seen many home made router table fences where the sacrificial plates have a 45 degree angle at their vertical edge at the table router side. Examples are here, here, here, here, here, here, and ...
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DIY table saw installation

I am resurfacing my workbench with 25mm hardwood ply. I am inverting an up/down router and tablesaw into it (between tracks). I want to use thinner insert plates (for the zero clearence saw and so ...
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What are suitable dimensions for a router table that specifically would be used to make an acoustic guitar?

I was wondering what the optimal size is for a router table for making an acoustic guitar? Initially I would use it to help me make some jigs to bend guitar sides and hold the parts together as I ...
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Large 1/4 inch 45 degree chamfer router bit for cutting mitres

I am wanting to perform some mitre 45 degree cuts with my router table as my cheapo mitre saw doesn't have a straight fence (sad noises); so I've been looking for a chamfer bit that is large enough to ...
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Should I give my router a “break” between passes?

I’m using a Bosch 1617 on a Kreg Router Table. Should I ever let me router “rest” or cool down? Currently, I turn it on, make a pass, then turn it off and get prepped for my next pass or next piece.
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Kobalt Router Depth Adjustment Skips

I just got this Kobalt router and router table combo from Lowe's. Since I am new to using a router, I thought this would be a good place to start. When I started using it to made some rails and ...
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Routing out recess for base plate - router table

I want to make a mini router table. The base material is a type of birch plywood with 15 layers or so, 21mm thick. Well if the dictionary serves me right, it's actually called "textured coated board" ...
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Cordless router in router table [closed]

Are cordless trim routers compatible with any router tables?
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Spindle moulder blocks and cutters

I have just purchased an old Tyzack spindle moulder (shaper) and need some help please. I'm new to carpentry and have never used a spindle moulder before. I am in need of a block and cutters. I ...
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Why do band saws feed left-to-right?

Is there an advantage or reason for them to feed in the opposite direction to jointers, router tables, and spindle sanders?
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Router to create this baseboard?

I have old baseboards in our house and need to replace just a two foot section. I figure it would be cheapest for me to attempt to make my own. I had a guy work on our house a few years back that ...
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Is it possible to make a combination tool?

I've seen add-ons for turning a dremel rotary tool into a router or drill press, though I question the soundness of its use for large woodworking projects. Would it be feasible to construct a rig to ...
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Why is hand held routing less prone to kickbacks than routing on a router table?

I've read many times that you should avoid climb cutting at all costs on a router table. The router bit can grab the wood and pull it from your hands and possibly sending your digits right into the ...
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How to achieve slightly rounded edge?

I am new to woodworking and I am trying to reproduce a picture frame I found in a catalog. I wonder how they achieve a slightly rounded edge (see picture below). I suspect that they use a router and ...
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Using plexiglass instead of aluminum plate for router table

I'm about to re-design my router table.I used 8mm Iron as plate and cut the support holes with cnc laser, but the heat of cutting deformed the surface and made me to refine that with grinding machine. ...
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Use a fence with a router bit with a bearing?

I was putting a roundover on some pieces and used my router table. The table has a fence, and the 1/8" roundover bit I used had a bearing on the bottom (top with the router installed in the table). I ...
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How do I safely accomplish plunge cuts on a router table?

I am working on a cutting board and would like to plunge route "handles" into either side of it with a cove bit and it seems the best method would be with a router table. What would be the technique ...
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Max bit size in Craftsman fixed-base router

I have a Craftsman router, model 320.17541, and a Craftsman router table, model 320.28180. The manual for the router indicates that the max diameter for a bit should be 1 1/4", due to the size of ...
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Can I turn my router table into a jointer?

I would like to use my router table as a jointer since I can not afford the cost of a jointer itself. What modifications would I need to do to the router fence (maybe?) to make it work the best. Is ...
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What router to use for a homemade routertable?

I'm planning on building my own router table, including a router lift, pivot functionality, fence, and whatnot. so far i have my materials, a pretty solid plan how to do it and the proper amount of ...
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How do you prevent screws or other metal from falling in the hole on your router table?

Our community workshop router table also ends up being a work bench much of the time. A router has been broken in the past by someone accidentally knocking a screw in the hole which landed in the ...
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How to mount a router plate in a cabinet top?

I plan on installing a router plate in a custom cabinet top for my shop. I can either route the edges to the depth of the plate to create a recess for a flush table top/plate surface or use plate ...
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What top surface approach is best for a router plate in a custom cabinet?

I am building a router table cabinet. I am trying to decide what surface to put on the topI have extra 3/4" MDF board which can be used for the top. I would apply either a laminate sheet or 3/16 ...
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Is it better to let the tool run or stop in-between cuts?

When I started woodworking, I used to setup my tool, do a cut, stop my tool, re-position my piece (or take another one), start my tool, do another cut, stop, etc. Today, I find myself leaving the ...
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Stabilizing thin boards, with trim, vertically on a router table

I have a 30" long, 1/2" thick piece of plywood. I want to attach a 30" x 1/8" x 1/2" pine strip to one of the long edges. I only have 3/4" pine to cut the strips out of and it's got a bit of a curve, ...
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Building a Cabinet with Drawers on a Budget

I want to build a cabinet with drawers but I don't have many tools. I have a drill, a square, a level, and some hand saws. Most guides make use of a table saw and dado blades. I'm thinking about ...
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What features to look for when buying a router lift?

I recently discovered the existence of a thing called a router lift, in answers to this question. I'm intrigued and would love to get one. A bit of internet research later, and I see there is quite ...
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Is a plunge router suitable for router table work?

I mounted my plunge router to a new router table this weekend. I discovered very quickly that it is difficult to adjust the router bit height, as the springs (the very heavy springs!) end up fighting ...
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How can you safely operate a router table without a fence?

I am now the proud owner of a used router and table. I am just getting ready to use it for the first time and was reading some emails and saw the following ad. Image from WoodPeck So almost all ...
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When do I need to use a router table instead of a handheld router?

I was looking at the directions that came with my 1/2" shank 3/4" tongue and groove router bit, and noticed that it recommended it be mounted on a router table for improved safety. Which got me ...
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Two-part router table dust collection, both four inch?

I'm in the process of building a router table dust collection system, similar to the one shown in the image below. On many of the designs I've seen (including the one above), the top port accepts a ...
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