Some screws, some nails, some plywood. Presto Router Table

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 05-04-2014 11:09 PM 3256 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had my old skil router just sitting around after I upgraded to my 3 HP hitachi mv12v2. I am primarily a hand held router kind of guy, but I figured a router not doing anything could find a use in a table.

The plans were from a recent wood magazine. It consists of a sheet of baltic birch, some screws, and glue.

There are some great router tables out there, this one is not one of them, just one that does what it’s supposed to. It was a fun weekend project that could get some use.

Thanks for looking,

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 12:24 AM

Nice table top router table. looks flat and that’s all that’ll use the router a lot more now. and you’ll be able to do stuff that couldn’t be done before.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 12:29 AM

simple and effective, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 12:38 AM

That is great way to put that spare router to use. You’ll find a router table is very handy!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 12:52 AM

Thanks guys. Means a lot

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 02:15 AM

Great job. Simple is best. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 02:44 AM

Cool. I built a stand alone table, but I could totally get by with a benchtop. They come in pretty handy.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#7 posted 05-05-2014 03:54 AM

I built one of those when I was in Connecticut, just after the issue came out. It’s quite useful.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 12:37 PM

Great job. I like those drawers too.
Thanks for sharing.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 02:20 PM

big fan of the drawers… haven’t seen them quite like that before

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Kaleb the Swede

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#10 posted 05-05-2014 02:35 PM

It’s just half a hole saw. I think I used a two inch one.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#11 posted 05-05-2014 03:25 PM

This will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 05-05-2014 07:57 PM

A nice looking table. I have a spare router and unused baltic plywood so your post is well timed! What magazine was the article/plan in?

-- Bruce -- Canada

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Kaleb the Swede

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#13 posted 05-05-2014 08:59 PM

It came from this issue. i dont know if it had a month. it was within the last 2 months that i know. If you need it I toreit out and can mail it to you. pm me if you do

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#14 posted 05-05-2014 09:26 PM

Cool looking table. I bought a new router and it won’t fit my Sears router table :) So, I may have to give this a try.


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