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Turning a bench into a router table

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Project by Ttier315 posted 11-28-2014 05:41 PM 1984 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I converted a long workbench into an optional router table with a removable fence that doubles as a fence for my miter saw when needed. I will add some dust collection to it when I get a dust port. I can convert it back to a solid bench with a plate made of MDF if I remove the router and router plate. I can adjust the depth from above the bench with a long hex key and I wired an outlet under the bench with an on/off switch near the miter saw for convenience. It seems to be a more appropriate use of that space since my workshop isn’t that big. I assume I will make improvements as I go but so far it works great.

-- Tom T, upstate NY





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 11-28-2014 09:19 PM

Sweet set up, looks amazing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-28-2014 10:27 PM

That looks great!I really want to make a router table!What finish did you use on the workbench top?

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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#3 posted 11-29-2014 12:05 AM

ashe,
I used 4 or 5 coats of oil based Poly

-- Tom T, upstate NY

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#4 posted 11-29-2014 12:17 AM

Thanks Tom,the finish looks great on it!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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#5 posted 11-29-2014 02:06 PM

what a great twist on the old table saw extension router table. Looking to get rid of my dedicated router table and integrate it into…well now I have choices. Tidy shop too.

-- "Experience is what you get the day after you needed it" Mark Twain

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#6 posted 12-02-2014 10:56 AM

Looks great!
I’m still going back and forth between making a seperate router table/cart or building it into a bench with the miter saw like you have. Do you find the poly slick enough for running stock past the router? Is the poly on MDF or hardboard?
Good job!

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#7 posted 12-02-2014 12:16 PM

HighPointWW,
Its definitely slick enough. You need to take care however, when applying the last few coats. I treated it like a piece of furniture, put each successive coat on at night to minimize any dust particles and sanded it smooth in between coats. I was actually surprised at how well it came out. The benchtop is made of MDF because that seemed the most stable material to use. I wasn’t sure how it would come out myself but I figured if it didn’t work, I would just slide a piece of MDF back in the 9×12 hole and I’d have a bench again.

-- Tom T, upstate NY

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