TABLES FOR POWER TOOLS

A ROUTER TABLE/CABINET

TABLES FOR POWER TOOLS1 Assembling the table

Built entirely from Winch plywood, the table shown at left allows you to use your router as a stationary tool—a require­ment of many operations. It features a large top with a slot for a miter gauge, an adjustable fence, a storage shelf, and cupboards. Start with the basic struc­ture of the table, sizing the bottom, sides, back, shelf, dividers, and doors to suit your needs. Fix these parts together, using the joinery method of your choice. The table shown is assembled with biscuit joints and screws. Bore a hole through the back panel to accommodate the switch’s power cord. For the top, cut two pieces of plywood and use glue and screws to fasten them togeth­er; the pieces should be large enough to overhang the sides of the cabinet by 2 or 3 inches. Fix the top to the cabinet. Final­ly, fasten a combination switch-recepta­cle to one of the dividers, with a power cord long enough to reach a nearby out­let. When you use the table, plug in the router and leave its motor on. Use the table’s switch to turn the tool on and off.

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TABLES FOR POWER TOOLS Preparing the tabletop

The router is attached to the top with a square sub-base of Winch-thick clear acrylic. Several steps are necessary to fit the sub-base to the top and then to the router. First, position the sub-base at the center of the top and outline its edges with a pencil. Mark the center of the sub-base and drill a pilot hole through the acrylic and the top. Remove the sub-base and rout out a Winch-deep recess within the outline (right). Use a chisel to pare to the line and square the corners. Then, using the pilot hole as a center, cut a hole through the top to accommodate your router’s base plate. Next, use a straightedge guide to help you rout the miter slot across the top: Clamp the guide square to the front edge of the top and butt the router against it as you plow a slot that is just wide enough to fit your miter gauge bar snugly.

TABLES FOR POWER TOOLS

TABLES FOR POWER TOOLS

3 Preparing the sub-base

Drill a hole through the center of the sub-base slightly larger than your largest router bit, and fasten the sub-base to the router using flat-head machine screws (above). Set the sub-base in the table recess and attach it with wood screws, drilling pilot holes first and countersinking all fasteners.

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TABLES FOR POWER TOOLSA router table on the table saw

To make the most of the space in your shop, build a router table into your table saw’s extension table. Rout a ’A-inch-deep recess into a non-metallic sec­tion of the top and cut a piece of acrylic to fit into the depression. With a saber saw, cut a hole in the recess to accommodate your router’s

base plate. Then remove the sub-base from the tool, screw­ing the router to the plastic piece instead. Next screw the plastic into the recess; countersink all the fasteners. Reat­tach the router to the base plate. A fence can be cut from plywood and attached to the saw fence when necessary.

A REMOVABLE POWER TOOL TABLE

Подпись: KailTABLES FOR POWER TOOLS1 Building the table

Attached to a workbench or table, the removable extension table shown at left allows you to convert three different portable power tools into stationary devices: the router, the electric drill, and the saber saw. Size the parts according to your needs. Start by cutting the top from [6] [7]A-inch ply­wood, and the rails and braces from 2-by – 4 stock. Saw the rails a few inches longer than the width of the top so they can be fastened to the underside of the bench using wing nuts and hanger bolts. The hinged braces should be long enough to reach from the underside of the rails to a leg stretcher on the bench. Cut a bevel at the top end of the braces and a right­angled notch at the bottom. Mount an On/off switch for the tool on the underside of one of the rails as you would for a table/cabinet (page 106).

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Preparing the router insert

Saw the three tool inserts, sizing them precisely to fit in the tabletop hole. An acrylic router sub-base is fitted into the insert following the directions for the router table on pages 106 and 107. To install the insert in the table, set it on the cleats and screw the insert to the cleats at each corner (right). Drill pilot holes for the screws. Make a fence as you would for the router table on page 107. Secure the fence in the desired posi­tion with clamps. [8]

UNDERSIDE VIEW

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Router

insert

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Acrylic

sub-base

UNDERSIDE VIEW

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Preparing the saber saw insert

Position the saw’s base plate so the blade will be in the cen­ter of the insert and mark its location. Bore a hole at the mark large enough to clear the blade. Screw the saw’s base plate to the insert (above). If there are fewer than four screw holes in the base plate, drill additional holes. Mount the insert to the cleats.

TABLES FOR POWER TOOLSA BAND SAW EXTENSION TABLE

Throat / column

 

TABLES FOR POWER TOOLS

TABLES FOR POWER TOOLS

Building and installing a table for the band saw

An extension table on your band saw will enable you to cut long or wide pieces with greater ease and control. Using %-inch ply­wood, cut the jig top to a suitable diameter, then saw out the center to fit around the saw table and trim a portion of the back edge to clear the throat column. Cut a 1 ^-inch-wide channel from the back of the table to the cutout so the table can be installed without removing the blade. Next, prepare two cleats that will be used to attach the jig to the saw table. For these, two l-by-3s should be cut a few inches longer than the saw table. Position them against the sides of the saw table so that they are % inch below the table surface, with at least У* inch of stock above the threaded holes. (Make sure your machine has these holes; most band saws have them for mounting an accessory rip fence.) Depending on the position of the holes on your saw table, you may have to position the top of the cleats closer than % inch to the top of the saw table. In that case you will have to rout grooves for the cleats on the underside of the top to allow the tabletop to sit flush with the machine’s table (above). Mark the hole locations on the cleats, bore a hole at each spot, and fasten the cleats to the table with the machine screws provided for the rip fence (right, top). Then place the tabletop on the cleats and screw it in place (right, bottom); be sure to counter­sink the screws. The top should sit level with the saw table. To remove the jig, remove only the machine screws, leaving the cleats attached permanently to the top. You may need to cut clearance notches in the underside of the top so that you can reach the machine screws.

A DRILL PRESS EXTENSION TABLE

TABLES FOR POWER TOOLSTABLES FOR POWER TOOLSFitting a drill press with an extension table

The small table typical of most drill press­es will not adequately support large work­pieces, especially when the tool is set up for sanding operations. To build an exten­sion table, start by cutting a piece of %-inch plywood into a square with dimen­sions that suit your needs. Then mark a line down the middle of the piece and draw two circles centered on the line. Locate the first about 4 inches from the back edge, sizing it to fit snugly around the drill press column. Locate the second hole under the chuck; make its diameter about / inch greater than the largest accessory you plan to use. To help pinpoint the center of the hole, install a bit in the chuck and measure the distance from the column to the bit. Prepare to install the jig on the drill press table by cutting its back edge, leaving a rectangular “ear” that protrudes behind the back hole. Bore a hole through the ear for a K-inch-diameter carriage bolt. Next, saw the jig in half along the centerline and cut out the two circles. You may need to make other cuts to clear protrusions on your machine. On the model shown, a notch was needed for the table height adjustment track on the throat column. Finally, screw a butt hinge to the front edge of the jig to join the two halves as shown. The carriage bolt and wing nut will clamp the table in place on top of the drill press table.

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