Building a router table #1: Design Help

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Blog entry by Dooley posted 11-06-2008 09:55 PM 3748 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s what I’ve just got, Now what?

digi lift and router top
I’m going to build the base on casters and cabinet style with dimensional lumber (to match all the other tables in the shop).

What I want to know from the Lumberjocks who can assist is:

How high would you have the top surface from the ground.

Currently my top is 36 by 36. What size would you do yours? My thoughts are that maybe centering the router on such a large surface would make , leaning over the bit a bit awkward. Any thoughts before I begin?

-- Dooley

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 11-06-2008 10:34 PM

Dooley, you can’t go wrong with making a table that models after this one that Blake built.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 11-07-2008 07:52 AM

Thanks for the mention, Grant. And Dooley, don’t miss the blog associated with my table. Hopefully you will find some answers there. If you have any other questions just ask.

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And by the way, if you look through “Projects” you will find lots of other nice router tables built by other Lumberjocks.

-- Happy woodworking!

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John Gray

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#3 posted 11-07-2008 04:41 PM

I built a table a while back, . This project appeared in Woodsmith Magazine No. 131, Vol. 22 / No.8. It really works fine for me, hope this helps.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 11-07-2008 05:03 PM

Dooley, the height is important. I am currently building bench for my miter saw and started with the standard height. I am 6’ 2” so i experimented with some sheet goods on saw horse blocking up the saw horses until it was comfortable to me. You might want to think about trying that.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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