Projects #4: Bench top Router table: Done & Project posted

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Blog entry by NedB posted 07-30-2012 03:32 AM 1913 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi gang, Today I worked on building a router table for my shop. I eventually want to do a ‘norm’ style table, but for now I decided that a bench top unit will suffice. I only have 2.5 routers. A Porter Cable 690 VS, with one plunge and three fixed bases, a Ryobi 18v cordless, and the .5 is another Ryobi cordless unit which I suppose is more of a drywall saw.

Awhile back I built a Newfangled Bench from the Fine WW plans, and being a tall guy, I’m going to use that to hold up my router table. Most of what I’ll be working on will be smaller pieces, so I’m going to avoid stooping over. That’s something I read in ‘woodworking with the router’ years back.

I’m making my own version of the bench top router table from ‘Router Magic’ by Bill Hylton. It is roughly 16×20” for the top, with a base that is a 3 sided box 11” tall by about that same deep and 14” wide.

Since I know Ill be using it plugged in and secured here:

I made the base a bit different than the book; I used 1/2” ply with a 3/4” ‘plug’ screwed to the bottom. I didn’t have enough 3/4 to make the wide base out of it, and the 1/2” will simply sit on the bench top.

The table is going to be a piece of countertop I have on hand, though not the one in this photo:

Here is the basic carcass:

I’m going to keep the hole for the bit fairly small, since I only have a smaller hp router. not going to be spinning any big bits, just roundovers and the like. It will have a simple “L” fence clamped to the table top.


glued up the counter top with some maple wings on it today:

didn’t get much more than that done, I did a quick round-over with an 1/8” bit in my trim router just to ease the edges.

Then just before I closed up shop for the night, I pulled a couple of 3/4 maple boards down and mocked up a simple L fence, along with a feather board from Rockler I’ve had in a drawer.

I’m going to let the glue cure overnight before I do more to the tabletop, Think I’m going to make a little adjustment to the carcass, so I can use a simple bolt hinge. Easy enough to do, pics tomorrow when I wrap it all up. Oh, I’m going to use simple clamps to hold the fence down to start, might go with an insert if I decide to get fancy later on. I just want it up and running tomorrow afternoon.

oh, and just to prove that Murphy was an optomist, I found this tonight in the house…
Yep, the ‘missing’ router plate which had I known where it was, I might have done the router extension wing on my TS

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 07:20 PM

Nice project!

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#2 posted 08-01-2012 01:22 AM

Thanks CJ! I updated things a bit tonight, but just more in progress photos.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#3 posted 08-01-2012 01:26 AM

Cordless routers?

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 02:04 AM

X yep, they’re light duty as all get out, but I’m only ever going to use a roundover bit or at most a 1/4” straight bit in them.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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