Benchtop router table

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by mIps posted 09-16-2013 08:05 PM 3117 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I was given a metal craftsman benchtop router table and, while I liked it and it gave me a router table, it was dependent upon the routers’ height / depth mechanism which, on the router I was using, sucked. I decided to try to build a replacement so that I could get a router lift going and make the tabletop bigger as well as get a larger, better fence.

This is the result. The stand is 16w x 16d x 12h and made out of leftover construction grade plywood. It’s kinda scary how much of this I have. The top is a 20×20 piece of 3/4” particleboard that I routed two parallel grooves into. The grooves are 5/8” wide and 1/4 deep. I also glued on a piece of 3/16” fiberboard for a super-smooth top that I routed 1/4” slots into to make home-made t-track for the fence to ride in. I completely removed the router trigger and hard-wired the motor to be always-on, then ran this through a switch that I mounted on the side. I just need to be sure the motor is un-locked before I switch it on, otherwise it shorts and trips the breaker…

I am thinking about putting a plug into the plug hole so I can hook up my shop-vac to this, rather than running it to the wall. Not that the vac doesn’t have a long enough cord but, this way, the vac would turn on when the router does. Maybe later.

The router lift is kind-of based off of the Shop-notes one and Stumpys’. I used drawer slides but also put an addition guide on one-side. Unfortunately the guide is a bit on the snug side and drags, making it lift a bit crooked and not want to lower. I’ll fix this later.

Finally, the fence is two piece of pine that I drilled holes into for a future dust port ( need to get a coupler for my vac hose) glued and screwed at 90 to each other and some pieces of 45 plywood for braces. I used plywood nuts for now, I want to replace these at a later date with real nuts.

Still to do: Add the movable face pieces, top t-track and front miter slot. Not sure how I’m gonna make the miter slot since it needs to be 3/4” and I only have a 5/8” bit for my hand router… Figure that out at a later date. For now, it is an improvement over what I had.

-- Be honest, honorable, kind, work hard, and generally be awesome.

2 comments so far

View GrandpaLen's profile


1650 posts in 2328 days

#1 posted 09-16-2013 08:43 PM

You may run into a problem with the combined amperage of your Router and the Shop Vac starting up and running on the same circuit.

If your circuit breaker would handle it, make sure your cord from the table outlet to the wall outlet is heavy enough guage wire to handle that load to prevent a melt down and fire.

...btw, that’s a good lookin’ table.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

View mIps's profile


194 posts in 2110 days

#2 posted 09-16-2013 08:53 PM

Len, I have no worries about the breaker but the cord is a valid point that I had not considered. I did run into this running my tablesaw and vac through an extension cord. I would not think that the router would pull as much amperage as the saw… Will need to investigate.
Thanks for the thoughts and input!

-- Be honest, honorable, kind, work hard, and generally be awesome.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics