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.
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