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    Workbench router Table

    Every time I do any sort of batch work I wish for a second router table. I have become jealous of my new shop space and won't commit the real estate for a second, or larger, table. This solution is a blend of several other people's articles in the various mags. Only the highest quality "whatever was on hand" plywood was used as a substrate for the laminated MDF I was gifted from a store fixture demolition. The dogs are spaced to fit my workbench's dog hole pattern.

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    Recess for the shop made plate for a Bosch Colt router.

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    I made use of some funny washers that have been rattling around in the misc hardware can for a few years.

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    And she ends up like so.

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    I stole the idea for this support mechanism from a Fine Woodworking article by Paul Manning.
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    And now I can rabbet at one table . . .

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    and chamfer at the other . . .

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    I'm doing a boatload of picture frames and this really worked out well for batching out the blanks. It hangs here when not in use.

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    Nicely done, Glenn. You've got me thinking.

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    Pretty great idea. So it's attached to the workbench with bolts through dog holes?

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    @Jack - Correct.
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    Glenn, appearing in the background of one of your RT photos is an impressive looking clamp storage wall. If you don't mind, I'd love to see the whole clamp storage area. Thanks. Oh, and that's a nice router table, too.
    John

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    This is a really good idea...and it's true that there are times when having more than one table based router solution can make things a lot more efficient. It can be embedded as yours is or be a small, portable, benchtop router table setup. Nice execution! I really like that attachment method which can be used with many kinds of workbenches, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Hollaway View Post
    Glenn, appearing in the background of one of your RT photos is an impressive looking clamp storage wall. If you don't mind, I'd love to see the whole clamp storage area. Thanks. Oh, and that's a nice router table, too.
    John
    I second the motion, Glenn...would like to see some pictures of those "Clamp walls"
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    Clamp storage as requested.

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    Like Jim's recent thread on his shop build I tracked my new shop progress and I think the clamp rack build is on there somewhere. Let me look . . . Hmm, maybe the old mind is slipping? Here's the general idea.

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    These are all built from scrap and are fairly crude but effective. There is a hardened screw through the back and into the cross dowel for strength. A second screw below avoids any twisting force and glue is used. This version (ver 2) has been in use for many years without issue. The major benefit is the cleat wall which allows re-org as required. I've been a cleat wall guy for many years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Clamp storage as requested.


    Like Jim's recent thread on his shop build I tracked my new shop progress and I think the clamp rack build is on there somewhere. Let me look . . . Hmm, maybe the old mind is slipping? Here's the general idea.

    These are all built from scrap and are fairly crude but effective. There is a hardened screw through the back and into the cross dowel for strength. A second screw below avoids any twisting force and glue is used. This version (ver 2) has been in use for many years without issue. The major benefit is the cleat wall which allows re-org as required. I've been a cleat wall guy for many years.
    THank you ....some good ideas there ....love cleats...very versatile... .
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