The hodge podge router table.

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Project by Paul posted 01-22-2015 04:58 AM 2037 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently added a router table extension to my table saw. I have a very small shop and thought it would be a great space saver. In retrospect this was a horrible idea with the amount of larger panels that I cut. The idea was to rip then round over on one machine top.

I took the right wing (router table top) off the table saw and set forth to make a standard free standing router table.

I wanted to use excess material that I had on hand. The title “hodge podge” fits this project perfectly. I used all materials I had on hand, ply, melamine, mdf, pine, oak etc. Everything was fair game. It definitely won’t win any awards but it is free (scrap).

I added a HF foot switch to turn the router on/off. Right hip turns it on and off.

The real fine wood workers will probably scoff at my construction quality build on this router table.

I do appreciate feedback.

Thanks for looking,


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#1 posted 01-22-2015 01:07 PM

Looks good. Clean and functional.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 08:55 PM

I like it Paul.
Very clever design.
I am thinking of building one myself to replace my PC table top router table.
How does the dust collection perform for you?

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 09:10 PM

Hey Bill,

As long as the fence is wrapped around whichever bit I’m using it gets damn near everything. I don’t use my router table for dado’s, I use my table saw. If you do a lot of dado’s with your router table I’d suggest some sort of under the table dust collection shroud. If your doing mostly round overs and profiles close to the fence it gets almost everything.

Have more pictures of the fence itself here.
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Thanks for looking,


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#4 posted 01-22-2015 09:44 PM

That is a GREAT looking table….
much nicer than the table I cobbled together, ten years ago.
As a matter of fact, it is still in use today.

I think it may be time I retire that table and build me a “Hodge Podged” table!!!
Thanks for the motivation!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 01-22-2015 10:42 PM


In order to classify for the “hodge podge” router table you must use at least a handful of different materials!

Thanks for the kind words,


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