Router Table Plans – My Project Results

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Hey, guys – Mike here.  Thanks for stopping back by my blog.  I have some good news – I finally found some working router table plans and got my router table built.  I wanted to put up some pictures when I wrote this, but I can’t get my camera to connect to my computer.  I’ll have my son give me a hand with it later on this week and have them up ASAP.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been looking for woodwork plans to built a router table for the new router I got a few weeks ago.  I have had all sorts of trouble with that.  First I couldn’t find any good plans online at all.  Then when I finally did find some plans, I tried to build them up and they weren’t reliable at all!  I finally found a good set of plans last week that were easy to follow from beginning to end.

Click here to visit the Ted’s Woodworking website

All of the router table plans that I had found before where nowhere near as comprehensive and complete as the woodwork plans that they have on the Woodworking 4 Home website.  You wouldn’t believe how many different ideas and plans they I found on there.  I actually just started building a coffee table that I got plans for as well (I will get pictures up of that as soon as it’s done).

This one website has over 16,000 different woodworking project plans – everything from router tables to dog houses to humidors.  Besides having all of these plans in one place, I was extremely impressed with the quality of all of them.  Most other woodworking plans that I found online were poor quality, and weren’t always even measured correctly.  The only thing that I was hesitant about was paying $67 for the plans, but there are enough interesting plans to keep me busy for years in there.  I had previously spent $10-15 for just one set of plans online, and bought countless books and magazine at the store.  When I looked at it that way $67 seemed cheap for everything that I ended up with.

Thanks for stopping back by my blog.  I’ll work on getting those pictures up in the next few days.  I hope that if you’re looking for router table plans, this blog entry has been a little bit of help to you.  Make sure you check back in the future as I post up some more of my projects that I’m working on (the coffee table is in the works).

Oh yeah, and if you decide to check out the router table plans over at Ted’s Woodworking and are as happy with them as I am, feel free to leave a comment about any projects that you’ve worked on thanks to them! I always love hearing success stories from my readers and I’m sure everyone else would love to hear about the results as well. Thanks again for reading and have a great day!

If you want to see the router table plans, click here to go to the Ted’s Woodworking website

Porter-Cable 895PK Router Kit – Why I Use It

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Porter-Cable 895PKI’ve been using Porter-Cable routers for decades – I’ve always been a big fan. My most previous model was the 893PK, so when the Porter-Cable 895PK router kit came out a couple of years ago, I knew that it was time to upgrade.

Although it’s a little bit more expensive than some of the other popular routers for sale, the Porter-Cable 895PK delivers top of the line quality that you simply can’t expect from other lower end brands. It’s definitely my favorite router to use on a regular basis. And although it costs a little more, I think that the value it adds is definitely worth it.

While many routers can be quite loud during operation, the Porter Cable 895PK runs extremely quiet which makes it a much better choice to use in smaller spaces and garage workshops. In addition to its smooth and quiet functionality, this router is packed with enough features to make is useful for a wide range of different purposes.

Why Buy the Porter-Cable 895PK?

Just a few of the great features and characteristics of the 895PK include:

  • Bit speed is fully adjustable all of the way from 10,000 to 23,000 RPMs, making this a great router choice if you have multiple applications in mind
  • Machined brass bushings are used to assist the steel guide rods in creating a smooth plunge stroke through the plunge base
  • Don’t worry about dust going everywhere thanks to the Porter-Cable 895PK’s column dust collection built into the plunge base
  • Comes with a convenient molded case which makes the router both easy to transport and durable against any on the job drops
  • The depth rod has six adjustable positions for its turrets which provide you with both stepped and repeated cuts
  • Powered by a strong motor boasting 12 amps, the 895pk utilizes real-time electronic feedback in order to deliver constant and steady motor power and speed no matter what the application

Porter-Cable 895PK: Is It Right for You?

Like I mentioned early on, I’m a big fan of Porter-Cable routers in general and I always have been. I also do a lot of different woodworking projects and am constantly using my router. If you don’t need a piece of equipment that is going to hold up to so much use and abuse, you may be able to get by with a more affordable, entry-level router.

But if you consider yourself an active hobbyist or even a professional woodworker, there are few other models that can compete with the Porter-Cable 895PK. It’s designed to last for years and years, even under the most intense job site and workshop environments. It can definitely take abuse: I’ve already put mine through plenty.

Final Thoughts on the Porter-Cable 895PK

Ultimately, if it fits within your price range, I absolutely do not think that you can go wrong with the Porter-Cable 895PK router kit. It is a solid, widely functional router that delivers consistent results every single time you use it. And it’s made to last – even with the most intense use, your Porter-Cable will last for years, if not decades, with proper care and maintenance.

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Woodwork Plans For My Router Table – The First Problem

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I’m sorry it took so long for me to get my second post up on here… it’s been a hectic time between the holidays with my grandchildren!  I was finally able to find some time today, so I figured I was overdue to make this journal entry.  Today I plan on talking about the first router table plans that I found online that I attempted to use, and what the problem with those “free” plans was.

I had recently gotten a new router, and I wanted to custom build a cabinet and router table for it.  I had never built one before, so I was having to start from scratch.  I searched online and realized that it wasn’t too easy to find good plans anywhere!  I did stumble across one site (that will remain nameless for now), that offered a bunch of free woodworking plans.

After I downloaded the plans, I read them over a few times, figured out all of the supplies I was going to need, and went to the hardware store to pick them up.  I got everything home and was waiting for the weekend to get down to business.  I spent all day Saturday and Sunday working on the cabinet and table, following the router table plans perfectly.

I ran into problems all along the way!  Some pieces were fitting together like they should, others had discrepancies as far as lengths went, and everything just seemed to be turning into a nightmare.  I would normally blame the operator, and not the plans, but as I stated in my last blog, I am meticulous when it comes to details.  I double checked the plans, and triple checked my measurements every step of the way.  I ran into nothing but problems, and I know that those “great free” plans were to blame.

My moral of the story is that you need to be sure that the woodworking plans your following are accurate.  It is important to pay attention to where you’re getting them from, and make sure that it’s a reliable and professional source.  Not only was I out the money and time that I spend on that router table attempt, but I also had to deal with the headaches and frustrations that went along with it.

Thanks for stopping back by and taking the time to read this blog entry, and I look forward to not taking so much time to get the next one up.

Router Table Plans – My Blog’s First Post!

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Hey everyone and welcome to my blog.  This is my first entry, so I’ll keep it pretty short since I’m still trying to figure all of this blogging stuff out.

I just wanted to take a minute to let everyone know what my blog is all about.  I created this blog because I was not able to find any good and reliable router table plans on the internet.  I recently purchased a new router, and figured that it would be wise idea to build my own router table.  I quickly became frustrated with all of the wood router table plans that I found online since they were all either incomplete or were not designed to be sturdy at all.  I am a real stickler to details, and if I’m going to build something, I’m going to build it right.  My motto is that “Nothing ever broke from being too sturdy.”

Since I did finally find some good table plans (I’ll write more about this in a future blog entry), I felt like it would be useful for me to create this blog about some design tips that I learned while searching for router table plans.  I’ll also be providing some resources that I found for great woodworking plans (whether you’re looking for anything from a router table plan, to crib plans, to rocking horse plans).

I look forward to having time to create some more posts, and I hope you look forward to reading them.  Feel free to send me an e-mail with any comments or suggestions, and until then, take care.