I Have Skills!

Some say I have a one-track mind about camping and fishing. If you knew the pleasures embodied in these sports, you would agree. There is nothing as wonderful as sleeping under the flickering stars and cooking fresh fish over your campfire. I could go on and on. Today, however, I have a different agenda. I need to consider buying a router table from WoodworkNation.com, an item that is essential to my woodworking shop. Frankly, I have gone way over budget for miscellaneous expenses this year. It is all due to new camping gear. Mine was getting worn out and I also want to try some of the latest innovations in collapsible tents. I also bought a small portable generator which was a real splurge. It will power my night lights, coffeepot, and laptop, leaving me in the lap of luxury while out in the wilds. I think the router table is going by the way side.

But I am not giving up hope. I will build my own version. I have skills, or I wouldn’t have a workshop. A table router combo is a powerfully accurate system. It will make my work so much easier and the results so much finer. If I do it myself, I can make it user-friendly and include everything I need in one package. I’ve got the lumber and the woodworking knowledge, so let’s get started. I want a long-lasting router with a 1 ¾ horsepower motor. It must be robust enough to work through even the heaviest wood. I want over 300 square inches of smooth working surface, so I can customize the table just the way I want.

I can buy the tools that come with the prefab tables. I know what to get to make my work clean and accurate. These are key words when it comes to quality woodworking. I will make sure I can quickly adjust cutting depths and lock to even microfine levels. The fences are going to be adjustable as well, and extendable, too. I am so excited. I have always craved a router table combo to complete the existing items in my woodworking shop. So here is my list of requirements: a router, a collet, wrench, table, fence, dust guard, two feather boards, a miter gauge, three insert rings, and all the necessary hardware. Attaching all the accoutrements to the table I make will be the last stage of the project.

If I complete the router table on time, I will reward myself with an extended camping trip to my favorite lakeside destination. I will take a couple of friends to join me on hikes and help setting up. The weather will require my new tent and some insulated sleeping bags. We will fish as always and cook it up fast at night. You can’t get more fresh than that! I am working hard on my table and the prospects of finishing it soon look good.