After building my own
mini workbench I wanted to expand its capabilities by adding more modules. The first step on this road of usefulness was to build a table in which I could hang both a jigsaw and a router. Oh, and it works marvelously. Tools and Materials
Assorted bits of scrap wood Screws Long bolt with a matching T-nut (Pull) saw (Roofing/speed) square Assorted clamps Jig saw Router Epoxy resin Bolts with with nuts and washers bearings that fit those bolts The Build
I started with the cutting the wood that will be held in de clamp to length Love this saw. I bought it a my local hardware store (Gamma) for about twenty euros. It has served me well for years now. I decided to add a cross section as well. This makes it easier to place in the vice in the exact correct spot. After the glue had set on the vertical pieces, I added this piece of former counter to serve as the base of my table. And then cut hole in it.
I don’t have a photo of after routing the rabit into the top of the table, but I made it so that this little, cutesie plank fits right in. Added some hold-down clamps and wooden blocks to be able to hold the jig saw.
Some quick and dirty woodwork got me this bearing holder. I attached to bolts to the wood with epoxy. All together with the overhead arm that keeps the blade neatly upright, it looks like this. And the blade guide can also be tilted entirely, together with the jig saw. As you can see, the arm is attached to the mini workbench using a bolt that goes straight through one of the dog holes.
I made a baseplate similar to that of the jig saw for my router aswell.
I used machine screws to attach the plate to the base of the router. And then I simply lowered the router through the base to get a neatly matching hole. At the moment of writing this, I still have to make some zere clearance inserts for this baseplate.
And the results. It is splendid to see how easy it really is to make good looking profiles in hardwood To top it off, I made a router fence for my table as well. Instead of over engineering it, which I am often inclined to do, I tried to keep it simple. If I find that I need more from a router table, I will add that in future builds. So far, though, it’s looking good.