I’ve been wanting to build a new router table for a while now ever since I got rid of my old one. I’ve always like the Norm Abram style router table, I just needed some time to build one. Since the weather is getting nicer and it’s not below freezing up here anymore, I finally got a chance to start this. I used the plans that were available at: http://www.crestonwood.com/router.php
They were a good set of plans to start with and best of all they were free! I’ve completed the base so far and just started moving onto the top of it now. I got a little bit of practice working with contact cement when I laminated the bottom of the bit drawers with some 1/8” melamine hardboard that way I would know what I was dealing with when I did the top.
Everything is made out of maple plywood, and I was able to use so many scrap cutoffs from other projects so it’s been a really nice use of materials. Plus I had all the knobs given to me when someone did a kitchen redo so that was another score! Overall I’m really happy with the progress of it now and it’s probably the nicest piece of shop furniture I have to this point. Been using this as a good test for a lot of different methods of joinery and really trying to hone my skills.
The top is some Formica countertop material that I scored from HD for 10$ because there was a chip in it. The top is a sandwich of 1/2” and 3/4” MDF along with the Formica top. It was edge banded with some Oak I had kicking around and used some biscuits to keep everything nice and lined up when I did the glue up. I think this was the best mitering job I’ve done so far, everything fits perfectly and is nice and level with the top. In the past I haven’t been so lucky so I’m happy it turned out well.
Just need to finish up routing the top for the router plate, finish the router fence, add the T-Track, and build the dust extraction chute. But I think at this point all the hard work is done. Now I just need to make sure I don’t screw up routing the t-track or router plate and wrecking the decent job I’ve done with the top =)