Router Table with Porter Cable Router

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Name: Router Table with Porter Cable Router


Status of router: 5/1/2018

Status of table: UP - Cleaned surfaces, Waxed metal top [randomtechnologyDesign @ 12/10/18 10:37]

Location: Workshop; attached to table saw.

Type: Bench Dog Tools Router Table Extension

Router Table

The Router table consists of a 5-speed Porter Cable 7518 3.25 hp router mounted in a Dog Prolift router lift, which in turn is mounted in the wing of the table saw.

We do not have the stock fence. There is a blue anodized fence with plywood, wood or MDF faces (depends on what's been done last). It has lock knobs and t-bolts on each end and a semicircular space in the center.

The router itself is a very strong production level router, the same model as the right hand spindle on the [[Large CNC Router|Large CNC Router]. This model has been in production for a quarter of a century so parts are readily available.

When replacing the bearings in the CNC spindle we found we needed to use Loctite 680 High Strength/High Viscocity Retaining Fluid. There was plenty left, it is worth looking for here because normal loctite found in most stores will not work. It requires a few days to cure - let it. Steve and Hugh did the work, it was not exactly trivial.


The following exerpt is from Fine Woodworking, to be changed to non-borrowed text:

Although most router bits are small, routers and bits deserve your attention and respect. As with all power tools, you can enjoy them safely by following these safety guidelines, excerpted from Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Routers

1. Use push blocks to position your hands a safe distance from the bit.

2. Large-diameter bits are for use only in a router table. Using bits over 1 in. dia. in a handheld router can easily cause you to lose control of the tool.

3. Always wear eye and hearing protection.

4. Take light cuts. Heavy cuts invite kickback. If necessary, move the fence closer to the bit or switch to a larger guide bearing.

5. Use a featherboard to support the workpiece against the router table or fence. Never climb-cut. Always feed the stock from right to left. (see illustration at right)

7. Avoid shaping small stock. Instead, shape a larger piece and reduce it in size afterwards. If you must shape a small piece, build an appropriate jig or secure the work within the jaws of a wooden handscrew clamp.

8. Always use a guard. If the fence didn’t come with a guard, purchase an aftermarket guard or devise one of your own.

9. Never start the router with the bit in contact with the stock.

10. Don’t force the bit or overload the router.

11. Secure the motor in the base before starting the router.

12. Don’t bottom out the bit in the collet or partially insert the bit. Instead, completely insert the bit, and then back off approximately 1/16 in.



  • This is not a definitive list. Use your common sense and search engine, read the manuals. 


Router: Porter Cable 7518

Router Lift: Bench Dog ProLift

Router Table: BenchDog ProMax Extension


Testing out for certifictation

Experienced user may test out to obtain certifiction. Use slack to get in touch with a certfication tester. 

Router testing Rubric