Router table #2: My Router Table - a work in progress

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Blog entry by mitchota posted 10-17-2012 01:35 PM 2424 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Fence and top completion Part 2 of Router table series Part 3: Drawer Fronts and finishing up »

I started woodworking in earnest in January when I received a Ridgid R4512 table saw as a late Christmas present from my mom. She wants her kitchen redone, and so I’m polishing my skills to get ready to build some custom cabinets for her. My first set of projects I finished up in April which consisted of a set of storage cabinets in my garage which was heavily inspired by the Garage Workshop in the New Yankee Workshop. I also put together an outfeed table for my table saw and also a clamp rack.

After not really working on any woodworking the past few months, I started tackling redoing my bedroom. My fiancee and I are installing some new bamboo flooring and repainting, etc. I decided that as the finishing touch for the room, I’d build all the furniture. I have some ideas for some built-in dressers in my closet, but I realized that I wouldn’t be able to have any really decorative furniture if I don’t have a router table to make the moldings and build coped and sticked doors.

I looked around the stores and couldn’t really find any router tables I wanted to buy. I thought about just drilling a hole and mounting my router in the wood extension wing I built for my table saw, but I wanted something a little more featured than that. After studying both versions of the New Yankee Workshop router tables and checking out the Woodworking for Mere Mortals videos, I started designing and working on the router table.

I built the carcase out of 3/4” Oak plywood and the drawers are made out of 1/2” plywood I got from the orange Borg—I didn’t want to break the bank building the case. I also picked up a sheet of 3/4” MDF and some casters, etc.

Putting everything together has been going pretty smoothly. I built up all the drawers and basically the main part of the woodworking is done for the carcase aside from building the drawer fronts.

I got my top laid out and I put together the MDF and wrapped it with some pine edging. I have everything pretty much ready to go, and so I’m going to get working on putting the laminate on and cutting out the recess for the router plate.

I also have to build the fence. I hope I can get this thing done by the weekend. That way I can get my room finished out and then I can really get to work on making some furniture.

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#1 posted 10-17-2012 01:40 PM

That’s pretty true to the NYW design. You’ll see a lot of those here. It is what I have and I really like it!

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

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 03:55 PM

That looks real nice. I need to make something like that too. Unlike you, I went the quick route and got the MDF cabinet from Bosch. That was money that I should have spent on material for a full size cab like you’re making. Congrats!

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#3 posted 10-21-2012 10:45 AM

Thanks. I did get the fence pretty much put together, and all I’m waiting on are some t-bolts so I can finish up the hardware. The more I look at it, the more it looks like I went full on NYW with it. I even secured the shelves to the sides by toe-nailing brads through it. I must watch that show too much, but I have to admit—it works pretty well.

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