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Project by HighPointWW posted 03-30-2015 09:43 AM 2813 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another router table project. Nothing fancy, but it works great!
For a top, I’m using a Rockler high-pressure laminate router top and plate with a Triton router (above table bit change is the best!)
Cabinet and drawer fronts are all 3/4” birch plywood. Drawer boxes and back are 1/2”. For the router compartment door, I used some 1x poplar and some plexi-glass with four holes for air-flow. I made the drawer fronts and pulls so they’d match all the other shop furniture.
As far as dust collection, I made a channel and back inside the router compartment, leading to a 4” DC hookup (similar to Norms newer router table). Along with the 2” DC hookup at the fence, I get practically no sawdust at the table or the router box.
Also a note, if you’re going to table-mount a Triton router, remove the two clear plastic guards on either side of the base…that made a major improvement with dust collection.

Enjoy!





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RustyHacksaw

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#1 posted 03-30-2015 11:29 AM

I want to setup the same wiring system. Could you give me more details of how you made that happen? Thank you.

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 11:36 AM

Very nicely done.

I read your description of the dust collection and am having a hard time understanding. Could you post pictures showing it.

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HighPointWW

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 12:04 PM

@Rusty – I installed a remodelers box and receptacle inside the router box and cut the routers electrical wire short with a new plug. This allowed me to easily remove the router for cleaning or servicing and eliminated a rolled up bunch of extra wire. As this router will only be used in the table, cutting the wire short was no issue. From the receptacle, I have romex going to the on/off switch in the front, then the cut-off section of wire and plug is wired to the on/off switch and exits the back. The plywood panel that the switch and its back-box are attached to is removeable with two screws to access the wiring and underneath the table.
@Redoak – I know its hard to see in the photo, but its basically a V from the 4” dust port, and widens to the width of the router box. I covered the top of the V with a piece of hardboard. Then made an angled piece from the underside of the table top – to the opening of the V. As sawdust is pulled in from the router plate, it falls and is drawn into the V (lack of a better term). When I have a chance, I’ll try to get a better photo, perhaps without the router in place.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 12:40 PM

That is very nice and it will make a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Silverhill

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#5 posted 03-30-2015 12:41 PM

That’s a nice router table. I also use a Triton router.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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timbertailor

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 03:06 PM

Looks as clean as the rest of your shop. It is a very nice addition.
Well done.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 03-30-2015 03:24 PM

That is a fine looking cabinet. Congrats on your build.
Have you considered rotating the router in the insert plate mounting holes to make it easier to access the locking mechanism and the power switch?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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HighPointWW

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#8 posted 03-30-2015 04:03 PM

I did, yes. But I’m a southpaw, so for me it was easier to manipulate the sliding cover over the power switch with it in the rear left side lol

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 03-30-2015 04:44 PM



I did, yes. But I m a southpaw, so for me it was easier to manipulate the sliding cover over the power switch with it in the rear left side lol

- HighPointWW

Ah, the old southpaw trick. Good thinking.
I like that cabinet.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Matt in Franklin

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#10 posted 03-30-2015 05:20 PM

where did you get the nifty on/off switch?

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HighPointWW

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#11 posted 03-30-2015 05:28 PM

Switch is a Woodstock D4157. $13.00 from Amazon.
As it has mechanical contactors, be sure to mount it in a back-box to keep it free of sawdust.

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#12 posted 03-31-2015 01:44 AM

Beautifully executed.

-- -Sam, in Wisconsin

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cck7

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#13 posted 03-31-2015 05:40 AM

Nice. I plan on building one soon.

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