Bill Kraft's Pantorouter with Tilt-up tableBill Kraft, from Australia, writes:
I bought your pantorouter plans
in October last year and I would like to thank you for the detail
The table top is made up of 19mm thick hardwood slats. The front one is 45mm wide, so as to give some clearance underneath for the bolt up through the slot, clear of the front 35 mm x 35 mm cross member.
45mm x 8mm edge boards were installed so as to be able to screw down every second slat and also provide a bolt hole on the outside of the plywood chassis rail.
I installed a 1/4" coach screw to provide a vertical stop, however the vertical stop seemed more difficult. Instead, a drywall screw in the curved bolt slot seems to work very well.
The longer control link became an excellent place to run the router power cable along to the remote switch. I installed a "ceiling fan" power socket under the table behind the switch, which allows the router to simply "plug in".
The 50mm x 35mm cross member on the base frame/chassis is located so the bottom of it is near level with the edge of the table top (when tilted).
I installed it there to allow better "clean out" of the shavings and wood dust.
The table was made higher than in the plans because the 60kg per pair drawer runners were 21mm thick. To compensate for this, I also made the "dust exclusion" rails 18mm high. Both slotted sled stops were also made 18mm thick.
I also made the "outward" sled stop longer as I was able to achieve 105mm sled travel, and I wanted to get the router out to its limit of the tracks.
When I made the template holder arch, I started with 130mm wide boards and cut 1/2 depth slots at the mortise positions. Then I ripped the boards down the middle and glued them together, face to face. The reason I did this is that it was easy, and I am useless at cutting mortises by hand.
I am very pleased with the outcome. It allows me to position the timber on the bench while in the horizontal position, which is much safer and allows much better access. Then I tilt the bench up to the vertical position, complete the task, and then drop the table down to the horizontal position again to remove the finished item. Too easy.
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