|Project by jdh122||posted 04-07-2015 09:54 PM||1644 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
After being mocked here for asking about which router table to buy (just kidding, after getting wise advice that I’d be better off making my own table) I decided to make this router table. Just finished it.
It’s a style of construction that I haven’t seen in many models of router tables – I got the design from a FWW video. It’s basically a rolling cabinet (pine plywood and MDF) with a solid oak table (dowel construction) on top of it. There are oak cross members supporting the router lift, which means that the laminated MDF top only has to support its own weight without the router bearing on it at all. It shouldn’t ever sag.
All of the red oak for the table structure came from handrail system that I bought at the ReStore a few years back, so it all had to be glued up to get the boards. I like working with rescued wood…
The fence has an interesting locking mechanism that uses cam clamps.
I’m quite happy with it, although I made it too high for some reason (maybe I didn’t calculate for the extra height of the casters). I don’t really have room for it in my shop, but I will by the end of May when I have my oil furnace swapped out for a heat pump.
-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests