Router Table

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Blog entry by Ken Dowswell posted 06-19-2015 01:11 PM 1759 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed a router table, didn’t want to go out and just buy one when as a woodworker, build it. So spend time on You Tube and make a plan.
The stool I previously made had compound angles to add strength and stability to the base I would use 5 degree angles here. 2X4’s used for the legs, trimmed to 3” X 1 3/8”. Cross members are spruce 1X3, glued and screwed. Top of the stand is 20 X 28
Router table top is 24×32. 3/4” plywood and a 1/8” marker hardboard. It works, but I may look to using something different if I make another table.
I investigated a number of inserts, ended with a Blackjack phenolic insert. I positioned the insert more to the rear of the table top, to give more workspace, a miter slot and a continuous hinge to enable access to the router below instead of having to take the insert out of the table for depth adjustments.
I made a fence from MDF 3/4” base and fixed fence, full width of the table, 32”, 6” deep and 4” high. I used 1/2” MDF for a sliding fence. Using 5/16” threaded rod, wing nuts and inserts. Placed a vacuum port on the rear, checked it out and it sure draws a vacuum when in use.
Because I have a fast-joint precision joinery system, I haven’t secured the fence to the table (for now).

I’ve tested and used it and am very pleased with the result.

-- Ken in Niagara Falls

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 01:21 PM

Nice looking table

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 01:37 PM

Looks very well made and well thought out. The only suggestion I would have it to seal the MDF with polyurethane in order to try and keep it from swelling with humidity, depending on your geographic location this may not be as much of an issue for you

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 01:43 PM

That will be a great router table for your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 02:13 PM

Glad you mentioned it. Living here in Niagara Falls, we do have higher humidity levels that those even 20 miles away. I did forget to include that point. The MDF is smooth but I do have to seal it.


-- Ken in Niagara Falls

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 02:49 PM

I like it. Simple design, easy to build. Cost effective.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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