I have a project coming up shortly (a gate across the driveway) that has many mortise and tenon joints. I don’t fancy doing these all with hand tools, so will need to utilise a router.
I have a 2100w Ryobi plunge router (model: ERT2100VK). It was a ‘must buy’ purchase 3 years ago. I’ve never used it.
After finding some great videos on trusty YouTube of some DIY router table projects, I decided this was a job I could do myself. One of the best projects I saw used two sheets of laminated MDF so that the router was attached through a thin plate, but the rest of the table had a good thickness for strength and stability. That’s the one I based mine on. The thin plate means that I don’t lose any cutting depth – in fact, the new plate is the same thickness as the old one, so there is no loss in cutting depth at all.
At a local tool shop I found a drop-saw stand that a customer didn’t want when he purchased the saw, so I got it for $40. It’s nice and solid and makes a great base for the table. Luckily Father owns a portable sawmill, and so the timber for the frame was already supplied
I haven’t quite finished yet – still need father-in-law (electrician) to help me wire in a proper on/off switch (the built-in one will be ok for now), still need a fence (a clamped piece of timber will suffice for now), and still need a router lift (manual adjustment will do for now).
If anybody knows where to get mitre track or T-track from in New Zealand (especially around Palmerston North) I’d love to know! The closest I have seen is simple aluminium track, but it is not ideal.