Not sure I’ve ever had a crush on a machine or tool before, but this thing is beast. Every part is heavy. Every part is either cast iron, made of angle iron, or a combination of the two. I’ve yet to actually true it up, but I did a rough build so I can see what parts I’m missing.
So far, it’s really just a foot that hangs off the back of the fence, providing a friction-free glide down the back rail:
There’s also one mismatched bolt on the back…
… but that really doesn’t matter that much, right? So yeah, I’ll be replacing that.
Also, the top it self needs a serious de-… I don’t know, de-gooking, or something.
When these originally shipped, they came coated with an encasing wax that the original owner never cleaned off. In fact, he BARELY even assembled it, and never even used the thing – it just sat in his garage, for seven years until I took it off his hands last weekend.
Oh and can we talk about that fence?
THAT is a fence. That right there. Surious bidness. So, where most fences operate on compressing across the entire width of the table, this guy handles it all up front:
The main fence shaft has an angle iron welded on at a 90, with two sets of two alignment screws at either end – white nylon threaded adjusters for leveling on top (visible), and black steel threaded adjusters on the back for left-right truing;
Additionally, it’s got a solid cam lock – that feels so good- and low-friction nylon fence walls.
That negative space off the left end I plan on creating a drop in that will hold the router table:
But that won’t be for some time. Also, I’ve been drafting up plans to build some sort of island, allowing me to both ditch all the legs for both machines, but also entirely self contain an on-demand vacuum system that is triggered when either machine is fired up. Besides having your typical storage options, it will also provide a way to build in a temporary lift based wheel system that allow periodic movement, but otherwise keeps things firmly immobile.
She a beast!