Router Table for Incra LS 17 #1: Carcass layout and planning

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Blog entry by coloradoclimber posted 09-30-2008 07:41 AM 6709 reads 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been wanting to upgrade my router table and over time I’ve been accumulating the pieces. I’m building my table around the Incra LS 17 Router Fence and a Woodpecker PRL Router Lift.

I ended up ordering the 27 x 43 Woodpecker table top already drilled with a cutout for the LS 17 and the PRL.

I haven’t picked a router yet but I’m leaning toward one of the big PCs.

I’m basing my design loosely on Blake's Router Table.

My table top is not as wide as Blake’s so the drawers wont be as deep. I figure I’ll plug it into my big dust collector so I can use the space under the table router for storage.

I’m leaning toward typical face frame on a plywood carcass, dados, rabbets, and biscuits. I’ll probably half lap the face frame, at least that’s how I’ve got it drawn up so far.

Here are some early concepts with layout lines where I’m thinking I want drawers.

The white box in the upper left compartment is a keep out volume for the router. There wont be a box there that is just roughly the space needed for the router.

Here’s the Sketchup model at this stage.

Transparent view of internal construction

Internal Construction

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#1 posted 09-30-2008 01:29 PM

I sure like it and thanks for the drawings. When are you going to start building?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#2 posted 09-30-2008 01:51 PM

Realistically, probably closer towards Christmas than sooner. I’ve got two loft beds to make that are still in mid design, a nightstand, and with Christmas right around the corner gifts and boxes and trinkets etc. And I’m trying to finish out my basement and put in a new bathroom and always a thousand other things, but I’ll get to it any day now :)

I have found that building a project in sketchup first does make it go faster when I do get down to actually building it.

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#3 posted 09-30-2008 04:43 PM

Looks like a great design. I am excited to see yo get this done. I m almost done with my router cabinet.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#4 posted 09-30-2008 05:54 PM


I looked at the router table you’re building in your blog. It looks great, looks like heavy duty quality construction. But it’s a center mount. My present table is a center mount. It works fine but the table isn’t really big enough for a full size incra fence without building an extension. It looks like any center mount table that is big enough is going to be huge. The offset table works for the incra and still fits in a reasonable sized package. I did notice you are putting one of the original incra fences on your table. How big is your top?

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#5 posted 10-02-2008 02:28 AM

Thank God! Somebody that actually knows how to spell “carcass”.

This is a pet peeve of mine. It reached a peak when I was working on my router table; Norm Abram, NYW plans with the main body clearly labeled “carcase”. I weep for America.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#6 posted 10-07-2008 07:16 PM

Sorry I didn’t notice this until now. Looks like you’ve got a good start on the design. I don’t see anything that I would point out yet… I’ll think on it. Ask any questions you’ve got. Looks great.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 12-23-2008 02:21 AM

Excellent drawings. What tool/software did you use for this?

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