After a year-and-a-half of woodworking I decided I needed a router table of my own. There are a lot of great examples on this site and they inspired me. All you have to do is browse my favorites to see a few of them.
This router cabinet has a lot of firsts for me. I’m using it as both a learning experience and a prototype to convince my wife that I can build something that doesn’t look like I did it in high-school shop class. That’s why you’ll see a bit of over-kill in the “style” department (by the way, kids in shop class now must be WAY better than I was making my traditional breadboard for mom back in the ‘70’s. There are examples here on LumberJocks to prove it – so no offense to you up & coming young woodworkers).
Anyway, with my job, travel, and two kids, I have to plan carefully to get a big-enough block of time to set-up, woodwork, and tear-down so we can use the garage again. But, I have a lot of opportunity to plan what I’m going to do and my engineering background comes in handy for that. To design my router table I used Google Sketch-up for drafting and downloaded a pre-made model of the INCRA LS-17 fence.
I went through a lot of iterations (and a lot of looking around here) before settling on this design. A few of the features I wanted were:
- A removable INCRA LS-17 fence so I can use the table “the long way” too.
- Good airflow and dust collection – there’s a 4” dust port in the back
- Replaceable top – the MDF/laminate top is attached to the table itself with bolts from underneath.
- Lots of storage – the pilasters are actually designed to be pull-out racks.
- Big surface – the top is 25” x 49”.
I’m sure my design isn’t perfect, especially after seeing some of the cool stuff others have done, but sometimes perfect is the enemy of “good-enough.” So, I bought some lumber and went to work. I’ll give an update on that in my next post.
-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright