In the short time I’ve been a member of LJs, I’ve learned 2 very important things. First, it really is amazing what a person can do with a shop full of fancy tools and a little know-how. Second, all you really need are a few key tools, some basic skills and plenty of patience to achieve satisfactory results. Sure, I’d like to have a $900 router table with a $300 lift in it, but it’s not going to happen. So I built my own for under $30. I’ll post some pictures in the next day or so, but the main idea is simplicity.
I started with the Minimalist Router Table plan from FWW (http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/11120/free-plan-minimalist-router-table). I used a piece of scrap countertop for the top and used other scraps to build a basic 3-sided box for a base. Bought a 24” tall stand on clearance for $10 and spent another $3 on wood for the fence. Invested another couple of dollars in a switch, receptacle, power strip and two single-gang boxes for a table mounted switch. A a few bucks tied up in screws, bolts and washers to hold it all together.
Its no beauty but it’s good enough for me, for now. Maybe someday I’ll upgrade to a model with an aluminum router plate and a T-track, but that day is a long ways off.
-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...