Starting Woodworking. #2: To choose a router table plan

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Blog entry by Haydar posted 05-20-2009 03:29 AM 4944 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Initially, I had decided to build a router table using a plan I found at Bob’s plans.

Bob's Plans router table
The plan for the table above is located here

This table seems simple enough for me to build, and the plans are detailed enough for me. But it is a bench top table. I have enough room to build a full router table and I am wondering if it would make more sense to do that.

I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew. I see so many beautiful tables here that are way out of my league. But I’m having trouble finding a plan that would be simple enough for me to build and has detailed plans appropriate for a novice.

Any comments or suggestions are very welcome.

-- Danger: Novice Woodworker here.

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#1 posted 05-20-2009 03:35 AM

Hey Haydar
How about new he has plans plus a dvd . This will be in your league I hope.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-20-2009 03:39 AM

I can tell you from my experience, I bought a benchtop from a box store and Im currently looking into building a full size cabinet. I don’t necessarily have the space for one, but I’ve grown tired of constantly tucking away and pulling back out the router table every time I need to use it. As far as complicated plans, don’t let yourself be overwhelmed at a set of plans just because you consider yourself a novice. Most plans I’ve run across aren’t hard at all as long as you take your time and read through them a time or two. The one thing you do want to look out for though is make sure you have all the tools needed (or at least something that’ll get the job done as a substitute) to finish the project. Good luck and enjoy the experience!

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#3 posted 05-20-2009 04:17 AM

One of my first projects was a router table I built from plans by Woodsmith. Very detailed and really not to difficult, just patience. I am very happy with this table, very solid, not expensive, and it makes a lot of router work a lot easier. Here is the link to order the plans, $9.95.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#4 posted 05-20-2009 01:17 PM

The New Yankee workshop router table looked great, I just wasn’t sure I had the skill or experience to build that yet. Also, the one thing I have always noticed about Norm’s show is that he has a ton of equipment. I don’t have anything but the very basics.

I was concerned that the DVD would demonstrate using machines that I don’t have and would be impractical for me. I had also heard that the DVD is simply the episode of the show in which he built the table.

-- Danger: Novice Woodworker here.

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#5 posted 05-20-2009 01:25 PM

@doug. Thanks for the heads up. That table looks really interesting. I especially like the version with the sides and front.

Router Table with sides

-- Danger: Novice Woodworker here.

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#6 posted 05-20-2009 08:34 PM

There’s always this plan, too:

It combines a bench top unit with a base so you get the best of both worlds…kind of.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#7 posted 05-20-2009 11:14 PM

Hi Haydar

We seem to have things in common! Newish to this site and careers in IT – and both with a need for a router table (except that I’ve already built mine!)

Not wishing to seem too immodest may I direct you (and anyone else interested) to
this site
(page down until you come to the entry from EricClawHammer – EricCH – geddit?) which gives an overview of the table I built. (The site itself is a UK one – with some overseas members – that might be interesting as it may give some insight into UK/European practices.)

The table is big – the top is about 4’ x 2’ – and may look complicated to build but it’s not that difficult, it couldn’t have been, I made it. (The routing of the trenches in the top to take the aluminium fittings were the most difficult and that just needed real concentration and care but no great skill.) There are no real plans but if you (anyone) want some it’d only take a few days to knock up some in SketchUp (and, as I’m in the midst of learning SketchUp, would provide me with a good real-life project) And I’d be pleased to provide any advice I can give on its construction. (I’ve developed a technique for building such “cabinets” that solely relies on being able to cut opposite sides the same length – fairly easy on a table saw – and routing grooves to a consitent depth – again fairly easy with a good-ish plunge router although you might need to knock up a couple of straight edges if you don’t have some guide clamps.)

Take care

-- Eric, Leicester, UK

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