My First Router Table

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was a simple benchtop model. It was convenient to park on a shelf, but not convenient to use on an actual bench-that put the router table's surface too high. To place the table at the right height, I built a small cabinet to go underneath it, and added a mobile base sized for a drill press. I stored my wrenches, extra collet, starting pin, featherboards and coping sled in the cabinet, away from all the dust.

Tom Caspar sliding head

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1/4" dia., but occasionally I need to make plugs that are smaller. No problem-l use a countersink bit instead. I just remove the drill bit, chuck the countersink portion in my drill press, and make plugs the usual way.

Mark Thiel head from 1/4" plywood, and the bottom from 1 /2" or 3/4" plywood. The head should fit snugly on the beam, but still be able to slide. For the pivot point, I drilled a hole in the head's bottom and inserted a dowel center. (A nail would work just as well.) Drill a hole in the beam's other end to hold the pencil.

Larry LaBeau sliding head my beam compass is perfect for drawing huge arcs. It's super easy to make, and I can adjust it quickly without using screws or clamps. To change the arc's radius, I just slide a saddle-style head along the beam.

Make the beam from a piece of hardwood. Mine is 1" x 1-1/4" x 36", but you can make it any size you want. Make the sides of the sliding

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Router Table Dust Sleeve to improve the dust collection on my router table, I added a 4" dia., 4" long piece of flexible vacuum hose around my router's body. This helps direct all the dust into the port on the router table's fence. The flexible hose snugs up to the table's plate and can easily be pushed out of the way in order to change bits.

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Sliding-Head Beam Compass

Easy box joints? Precisely.

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