My "Norm Router Table" Build (Part 1)

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Project by Bryan Gilles posted 07-10-2015 02:41 AM 4150 views 19 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Initially, I planned to build the “Norm’s Ultimate Router Table” from Dan Phalen’s plans. I decided to modify the plans slightly by adding an extra drawer below the router lift/motor, and making a single side-drawer with removable shelves for router bit storage, etc. I covered the top surface with a Matte-Black Micro-Dot Formica to help put a pocket of air under the material—making it a smoother work surface. The two sides and back (and drawers) are covered in a “Safety Red” Formica. The front face and top surface were trimmed out in Birch. If you look closely, the bottom drawers appear to be four separate drawers; however, the one on the right is a sing deep drawer with a false front that appears to be two, the left side is two drawers just like Norm’s table. I kept with this same concept with the side-drawer giving it the illusion of three individual drawers.

The lift is a Woodpecker- Precision Router Lift V2 (I also bought the various size rings to accommodate various diameter cutters). I plan to cut grooves for a combo T-track and install the Woodpeckers Super Fence (with the Micro Adjust) and the “Y” to attach the vacuum port to the fence.

-- Bryan, Northern California,

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#1 posted 07-10-2015 04:49 AM

Looks great, I think it would make Norm proud that his workshop’s design is still useful today!

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#2 posted 07-10-2015 06:31 AM

Looking really good, you are gonna love the woodpeckers micro adjust thing on your fence. I got one recently and love it.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 07-10-2015 01:51 PM

Very, very nice

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#4 posted 07-10-2015 02:34 PM

Brian, that is a really nice router table. It will make a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#5 posted 07-10-2015 02:46 PM

Stellar job on the Norm Router Table….I built one several years ago, and it has done the job it is supposed to do..I stuck with the original plans I bought, and modified the fence to get more suction from the fence and cabinet. I used a Y connector, and split 2- 4” hoses w/ blast gates to the fence and cabinet…..Hooked it up to my dust collector, and it really made a difference in suction for both….

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#6 posted 07-10-2015 04:02 PM

Looks great. Cannot wait to build one myself. What is the switch you are using, where did you get it?

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#7 posted 07-10-2015 08:48 PM

Bryan, that is a great router table and you will love it for a long time.
I like the addition of the drawer in the dust bin, I’ve always wondered what Norm was thinking when he did his design and why the huge dust bin … I just may modify mine.

DalyArcher I got my safety switch from grizzly … Good quality at a reasonable price

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#8 posted 07-10-2015 08:52 PM

Excellent design and excellent workmanship. I really like the use of the Formica (especially effective at keeping beer bottle condensation from damaging the top :)

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#9 posted 07-12-2015 06:27 AM

Great looking router table. Love the look of the Formica on the top and the face. Congrats on a beautiful addition to your shop.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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