In preparation for another project, it seems that a wood router will be very useful. Using a manual milling machine to cut groves, while it works, isn’t the best way to do this, so it seems. There are some advantages to coming from an engineering/metalworking background, but sometimes I may miss some woodworking tools that others take for granted.
After a quick tour of a friend’s shop, I was convinced that I needed to put my router in a table to make things much easier. As I’d already spent quite a bit of money on the router itself, I decided to modify my table to fit it myself.
Traditionally, the fence would move in a linear fashion, but for something extremely simple I instead fastened it in one point. This means that as the 2×4 rotates, the distance between the cutting tool and the workpiece varies. In theory, this would mean I could cut grooves at any distance, though precision in the range that true cabinet makers expect likely wouldn’t be possible. I don’t need to be that precise at this point, so this seemed like a quick and dirty way to get a table working. Check out the video below to see how it was done.
If you’re wondering where I got this beefy 2×4 table, I wrote up instructions as a sponsored post on Realty Times. Sponsored or not, I’m quite happy with the results. As for the router, it can be found here on Amazon.