Router Table by Julie #2: making the top

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 02-14-2011 06:40 PM 1794 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: deciding what I want and don't want on the new table Part 2 of Router Table by Julie series Part 3: starting the base »

As I said earlier I have the yellow Oak-Park router top. Here’s a photo of it:

(Since the opening for the router is offset (not in the middle) I am going to have my router sit on the right and have doors and drawers on the left. I think a problem with the “Norm” type router table is that putting the router in the middle leaves a narrow space on each side for holding router accessories. We’ll get to that in a future post.)

I need a solid frame around my yellow router top because I want it larger than the 29 1/2” x 15 3/4” that it is. I am also trying to use materials I already have, to keep costs down so I’m using a piece of 5/8” thick laminated plywood which once was a side panel in my kitchen. I’m cutting out the exact size of the yellow top and leaving about 4 to 4 1/8” around as a frame. The finished outer size is 23 3/4” x 37 3/4”.

Underneath that, I’m adding 3/4” plywood, which I am cutting out in the middle, leaving a 1” inner ledge for the top to sit on. Also, since the yellow top is thicker than the laminated plywood top piece, I need to router out a little of the ledge so that the top sits perfectly flat inside the outer framed piece.

Here is what they look like put together:

This just shows the yellow top in the top piece of the new top, and the routered out part of the bottom piece that will accept the top:

I suppose I will have to add a solid wood edging all around the top which is now 1 3/8” thick.

Next I will design the base, given the finished top sizes.

... to be continued …

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 07:10 PM

Coming together,
I always run an Oak edge on all my tables, just looks better IMO and easier to round over.
I’ll see if I can get a pic of my router fence, shop is in disarray right now.

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 09:02 PM

Great job! Love the walkthrough of the design / thought process going into this build. Looking forward to your next update.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 09:08 PM

Where do you plan on putting the fence???

Are you going to use a fence or is this pretty much for free hand work

-- Rick

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 02:51 AM

looking good!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 04:16 PM

Rick – I’m of the school that fences can be clamped on router tables anywhere. That’s how I’ve always worked and it works for me. Maybe I could be convinced to change my ways?

-- ~Julie~

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