Using the Router Table

Hey. it's a router table! It's a small one to be sure. But on it. you can do just about anything you can on any floor-standing router table. Here's the drill.

1. Clamp the unit to a workbench. The need to

No router table should be without a starting pin

But that doesn't mean it needs to be a pin stuck in a hole in the tabletop. With my bench-top router table, I use a triangular scrap clamped to the tabletop as a 'starting pin," as shown here.

A truly comfortable working height is one of the pluses of a bench-top router table. Though its work surface is small, this router table is suitable for all sorts of operations. Clamp It to the workbench and you are ready for work.

course, in some shops, the bench-top muter tabic will be set up permanently on an auxiliary table, while in smaller circumstances, it will be stored in an out-of-the-way spot and set up only when it is going to be used.

clamp the table stems from its lightness. Move the work too aggressively into the bit, and you may find an unfettered table sliding away from you. Not good. So clamp it.

What you clamp the unit to can range from a workbench to a saw table, from a pair of shop trestles to a Sbopmatc. Be careful about what you choose. With some aggressive routing, you may find a lightweight table wobbling, tipping, and skidding.A workbench with mass won't do this, and neither will a table saw. A Shopmatc, with its wide stance and rubbery toes, provides a good base. Of

A truly comfortable working height is one of the pluses of a bench-top router table. Though its work surface is small, this router table is suitable for all sorts of operations. Clamp It to the workbench and you are ready for work.

No router table should be without a starting pin

But that doesn't mean it needs to be a pin stuck in a hole in the tabletop. With my bench-top router table, I use a triangular scrap clamped to the tabletop as a 'starting pin," as shown here.

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ÇT ft course, in some shops, the bench-top muter tabic will be set up permanently on an auxiliary table, while in smaller circumstances, it will be stored in an out-of-the-way spot and set up only when it is going to be used.

2. Clamp the router under the tabletop. Chuck the bit for whatever job you are doing in the router's collet, lift the tablctop. fit the muter into its recess, and snap the two toggle clamps closed. No need to remove the baseplate. remember. Hold a rule at the bit, and adjust the bit extension. Now lower the tabletop.

3. Set the fence or starting pin. Obviously you need some means of guiding and controlling the work-picce. If you are doing edge work with a piloted bit, use the starting pin. Otherwise, slide the appropriate fence onto the tabletop. set its position, and tighten the clamps.

4. Rout. Plug the router in. Switch it on. Rout.

That's all there is to it.

The limitations of the unit will become clear to you as you use it more and more. I've already suggested, for example, that it isn't ideal for raising panels, primarily because you don't want to make that bit opening too big. You'll probably want to avoid milling very long molding strips, or broad panels. The tablctop isn't all that big. remember.

On the other hand. I've also suggested that its small size and its elevated stature (when clamped to a bench top) make it an excellent choice for small parts.

A trap fence setup is easy to arrange if you make two fences for the bench-top router table, one of them with a vertical facing. To create a trap fence, you simply position the low fence parallel to the vertical fence. The trap fence keeps the bottom of the work-piece from sliding away from the vertical fence and thus the bit. Try it. You'll find that it takes surprisingly little pressure to keep the workpiece against the vertical fence, and that even a 4-inch-high vertical fence is plenty high to support a tall workpiece.

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