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Blog entry by John Gray posted 08-14-2008 04:12 PM 7003 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just built this router table out of Oak plywood, Oak trim, and a Pine drawer. It’s from a plan in Woodsmith This project appeared in Woodsmith Magazine No. 131, Vol. 22 / No.8 I’ve added the link to the plan below. The drawer has full slide hardware.
I guess the fun part is building a router table without a router table ;-) .
I’ve used it quite a bit so far and really like it.

John Gray
Effingham, Illinois

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

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#1 posted 08-14-2008 05:16 PM

That is an awesome shop addition. Great execution.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 08-14-2008 05:36 PM

Very nice love your table looks like it is in 2 parts to make it portable is it…I like the size it looks not to big the way I like a router table because you don’t need an extra large table, mine is very small and portable and it does all raise panels and everything else…thanks for posting would you have the size measurements

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#3 posted 08-14-2008 05:44 PM

Thanks for the comments. Yes it is 2 cabinets/pieces.

Overall dimensions: 30” wide x 23” deep x 38” high

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#4 posted 08-14-2008 05:53 PM

Nice looking router table and cabinet.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 08-14-2008 06:08 PM

Well done. This is the kind of table to strive for, now that I have my first attempt completed I can see how the features of this one would be very nice to have. Thanks for the post.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 08-14-2008 10:24 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 08-14-2008 10:25 PM

That’s a great looking table. I’m sure that you will get a lot of use out of it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 08-15-2008 12:44 AM

Sweeeeet! Very nice looking router table, John!!! I like this a lot.

I’ve got one of those cast metal tables from craftsman… I really don’t like it. If you get a little burr on the table, it scratches up your whole project before you find it (then you sand forever and a day). I don’t have storage under mine either. I’m really thinking of building a nice one some day, I’m keeping yours in mind.

It looks great! Well done.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 08-15-2008 05:18 AM

Nice looking table, Im gona have to build one myself. very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#10 posted 08-15-2008 03:42 PM

nice looking table .a great job


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#11 posted 08-16-2008 07:04 PM

Foot Note: The plans for this shows the adjustable feet that I used but it’s hard to slide around thus the furniture slides. If I were doing it again I’d take a long look at different casters instead of the feet. Don’t get me wrong though the feet make it really easy, they are threaded and turn with an Allen socket or wrench, to adjust the table on an uneven floor. And if you are not planning on moving it much stick with the feet. Just my 2 cents this morning.

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#12 posted 02-12-2009 07:59 PM

I’m so inspired by all you craftsmen who share your passsion with us newbies.


-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#13 posted 02-18-2009 11:22 PM

Where did you get the start/stop switch? I need one

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#14 posted 02-18-2009 11:49 PM

At Rockler, And you might check your mail the new Rockler Catalog that arrived today shows free shipping until 3/24/09.

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#15 posted 02-19-2009 12:00 AM

Nice router table John. Grizzly also has the same switch. Just got their new catalog and I think it listed for $9.95

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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