Here is a router table I made from an old table saw top. I wanted to have a router table that was solid and accurate when making cuts. I found this table saw top in my dad’s garage one day and I knew just what I was going to do with it. Using an end mill in my router, I carefully routered a flat pocket in the back side of the top just big enough to mount the router to it. Then I purchased a piece of gage stock to replace the blade insert plate. To get the right shape I needed to cut the gage stock. I did this with a jeweler’s saw. Then with the router mounted in place and the new blade insert plate in place, I drilled a pilot hole into the plate. Now the challenge was to get a hole that was large enough and dead center which would hold my router bushings. There have been other times when I have had to modify some of my tools to do the job at hand. Before I retired my profession was “model making” and I had access to machinery such as mills and lathes, so this job would have been easy if I still had that luxury.
I mounted a cross-slide on my wood lathe and a bigger pulley to slow the spindle down. Now this works well for cutting steel but I needed a boring machine, not a lathe, for this job. So, I mounted the plate on the cross-slide and put a boring head in the lathe chuck. It worked great. It bored a hole that was right on. As you can see the router table no longer looks like a saw table, and being cast iron, it is solid. I also built my router lift which is a must have if you are doing a lot of woodworking. I will blog about the lift at another time and post some pictures.