This is the router table that I have been working on. It has been an interesting experience in that this is my first attempt at building a cabinet and drawers.
The cabinet itself is made out of 3/4” cabinet grade plywood. The end panels and back are aligned using #20 biscuits, and secured with glue and screws, while the center panels are set in dadoed grooves. The face frame was constructed using pocket screws and aligned to the cabinet with buisquits. The face frame is made from recycled oak flooring planed down to thickness. I have yet to attempt any mortise and tenon joinery.
The drawers are made from 100% reclaimed materials. The drawer sides are maple from the top of an old dresser, which I cut to size and ran through the planer to get them down to 1/2 inch. The corners are all joined with dovetails. The bottoms floats in a dado cut around the inside of the box. I had a bit of trouble with the dovetails at first, but with a bit of adjustment I was able to come out with some good joints. Next time I will make stopped dadoes, as these cut into my dovetails. The drawer fronts and door frame are also made from reclaimed oak from an old table top planed to thickness. The edges were detailed with a cove bit in the router. Now that I have a router table this will be a much easier operation next time.
The table top is 3/4” melamine glued and screwed to 2 layers of 3/4” CDX plywood. It is attached to the cabinet by screws thru gussets set in the corners of each bay of the the cabinet. Minor shimming was required under the top to make it as flat as possible. There is less than 10/1000ths variation anywhere in the surface. The banding around the top is reclaimed cedar from fence pickets. I used cedar because it is very soft and I wanted an edge that would not dent finer materials should they bump it.
Set into the table is a Rousseau baseplate, which I really don’t like. A miter track runs the full length of the table, the top of which has 2 T-tracks inset into it for attaching the fence. Below the insert rides a Porter Cable router with an above the table adjustment mechanism in lieu of a more sophisticated lift.
The entire cabinet sets atop 3” dual locking casters so it can be moved around easily. The top overhangs the cabinet 3” on all sides. I cut a piece of masonite to overlay it so I can use it as an assembly bench. It is 3/8” lower than the deck on my tablesaw so I can use it as an outfeed table.
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