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Garbage Can Dremel Router Table Table

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This Dremel router table has all the basic essentials. It's easy to make. And it will save you time and space. There's only one catch...
 
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Step 1: Underneath

... It's actually for a Proxxon/Micromot rotary tool. The lift design has enough space to put a mount for some hose clamps, if you want to use a Dremel. Actually, you can change pretty much all the dimensions to w/e. I just used the most convenient pieces of scrap I had at hand. I cheated and bought the table top and fence at Harbor Freight. It was sold as a drill press table for ~$30.00. It came with the fence and one stop block. For the life of me, I dunno why a drill press table has a lift-out cover plate in it, but of course that's good for a router table. Well, sorta. With the quick release lift, it's easier to just remove the tool for bit changes, so I would actually prefer to not have a cover plate (to fall out). So all said and done, all I built was a mount. Here, you can see how I did that. I took the idea for the lift from Matthias's tilting router lift: http://woodgears.ca/router_lift/. If you have never heard of Mathias or woodgears.ca, go ahead and click on that link... and forget this Instructable, along with the next 5 hours of your life! :)

Step 2: Other side

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Here's a look at the "back." You can get a better look at the lift. The adjustment is manual. The knob only locks things down. No gears, here. No tilt, either. Maybe next year. You can also see the ON/OFF switch and AC socket I added to the front. This beats reaching down into a half full garbage bin to turn the thing on/off.
mcsk8rg1 year ago
doesn't your dremel drop down? cuz its clamped only from its front side ... which is prolly too weak to hold to ...
i did not see any support underneath the dremel tool... except for the one in front which i think is not enough
what do you say?
klee27x (author)  mcsk8rg1 year ago
I just built the lift, recently. (I also just added hinges and trunnions for tilt, too). But the tool holder part has been in use for a couple of years, now, with the same table pictured. It was non-adjustable, is all. The tool can be slightly wiggled off axis if pressed. But since the tool is held so close to the bit, this is fine. The Proxxon tool holders exihibit the same thing. Most of the wiggle is coming from flex in the tool housing, not the mount. Perhaps with some additional bracing in the bottom, I could take slightly deeper cuts with it.... who knows?

But no, there's no downward slipping. The clamp is rock solid.
SUCH A GOOD IDEA!!!
klee27x (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Thanks! All feedback is appreciated, but positive feedback is always better!
mcraghead1 year ago
Very nice!
klee27x (author)  mcraghead1 year ago
Thanks!
PS1181 year ago
And all the chips go... IN THE CAN!

You sir, are A GENIUS!
klee27x (author)  PS1181 year ago
Thanks!

As for the chips, only some of them go in the can. I still need to keep the vacuum handy. Actually, there are two operations where all the chips DO go in the can. When using a v-score bit and when doing a roundover on an edge. In these two operations, the chips have nowhere else to go but down!

And no, I'm not a genius. I give full credit to Matthias at Woodgears.ca. As well as all the previous makers whose work inspired him. I did nothing but adapt his design to a smaller rotary tool, and I happen to be lazy and had a large garbage can by my bench. :)