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Project by Pete_Jud posted 1948 days ago 5061 views 13 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got frustrated with the bench top router tables that I had, and was running a lot of stock that was 8 ft long and having a hard time working it, so I got a hair up my *ss and built a 15 ft long router table to house the bench top tables. The table was cut from the economy bin Lowes 2×6x8’s and cheap ½ and ¾ inch plywood. We have a cheap outlet place not far away that I got the laminate top material from as well. The micro-adjusters for the router tables were made using T-nuts 1/4 -20 carriage bolts, nylock nuts and a nut welded on to the end of the bolt. I haven’t done much counter top work in a lot of years, and forgot to check the hex nut on the router bit, and it came of at one end of the front of the project. Can’t afford to by more of the top material, so I will live with it and use it as a reminder to check the bearing screws. I also added 4 20 amp duplex outlets to the front of the table.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.





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EricW

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#1 posted 1948 days ago

i like the setup. i wish i had that much room for my shop.

do you have 4 or 5 routers? that seems like a lot.

i have 2

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Pete_Jud

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#2 posted 1948 days ago

I have 6 porter cable routers, I keep 2 set up for dove tails, the rest have there place in the shop.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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jeh412

129 posts in 1961 days


#3 posted 1948 days ago

Great setup! I wish I had room for that in my shop. Also like the horizontal router … that would be handy for some of my picture frame moldings.

There was a time when I thought Norm had a glut of routers. No more. I have 3 right now and am planning on at least two more.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 1948 days ago

Pete, this is a really nice addition to your shop. I know where you are coming from on dealing with long stock on a router table. This is the kind of set up I would enjoy having in my shop as well. When I re-do my router table I may have to consider something like this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Todd Thomas

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#5 posted 1948 days ago

great looking router bench…I may steal your ideas here…..can you share a little more information on the horizontal router set up, and how you made it?....thanks in advance…..and yes a person can not have to many routers, I’m on three and counting

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Brad_Nailor

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#6 posted 1948 days ago

Nice tables. Thats the way to do it…form follows function! I want to do the same for my garage shop..but plunk my SCMS in the middle.

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Cory

721 posts in 2005 days


#7 posted 1948 days ago

What a cool set up. It’s so much easier to have a few routers already set up with the bits you frequently use. As soon as I hit the powerball I’m going to have a set up just like yours!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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gbvinc

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#8 posted 1948 days ago

I am curious. What is the purpose of gap between the base (shelf) that the routers sit on and the cleats?

Excelllent idea. My brother , and I were just discussing what to do on a wall in his new shop. This will fit the bill nicely with the addition of a sliding compound mitre saw to the mix.

Thanks!

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Karson

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#9 posted 1948 days ago

A great setup for your routing. It’s “Easy” to route something that is 2’ long but holding an 8’ would be a real problem.

I’ve got a horizontal router, and you can’t beat then when the need arises.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mranum

131 posts in 2002 days


#10 posted 1948 days ago

Nice! I’ve been thinking about doing a similar thing in my shop but make it to house my shaper and my radial arm saw. Always seem to be fighting between the two.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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hunnypot

31 posts in 1962 days


#11 posted 1948 days ago

I am building a “garage” in the spring,24’x 28’ andI like this idea. I might have to borrow from it as well. There are a lot of great ideas on this site that I might incorporate into my workshop.

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Pete_Jud

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#12 posted 1948 days ago

GBVINC The gap is part of the height adjustment system for each router table. It allows me to be dead on in setting the table height.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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cabinetmaster

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#13 posted 1948 days ago

What a nice setup. I too wish I had the room for that in my shop. But mine will just have to do…..............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Popeye Jr.

120 posts in 2008 days


#14 posted 1946 days ago

that is a very nice set-up, i to wish I had the room for something lie that. Great work.

-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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sandhill

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#15 posted 1893 days ago

I have to say that is one sweet set up.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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