Router Table

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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 05-28-2009 12:11 AM 5366 views 39 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was tired of my bench top router tables, so I went a little overboard. I used solid oak for most of the table with mortise and tenon joints. They are pegged with bubinga dowels that I turned. The drawer pulls are also bubinga. The fence is Jessem and the top is 1 1/2” Maple butcher block, with Formica top. The removeable tray in the top drawer has my first hand cut dovetails, while the drawers are dovetailed with the Porter Cable 4212 jig. I used a Freud 2 1/4 HP router with above table height adjustment. I don’t know what it weighs, but I think it’s easier to move my table saw.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 05-28-2009 12:29 AM

Sure looks bombproof! Nice job.

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#2 posted 05-28-2009 12:34 AM

Top notch workmanship. Very nice addition to any workshop…

-- Kirk, SE Louisiana

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#3 posted 05-28-2009 12:49 AM

That is a really great router table…looks solid.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#4 posted 05-28-2009 01:03 AM

Very well built!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-28-2009 01:09 AM

Kent, this is a nice router table that looks to be well built. This is a shop addition that any of us would enjoy having in the shop. The addition of the safety shut-off was a good idea. I have seen many table that rely on a small thumb-sized switch to turn the router on and off. This means that you introduce a distraction and loose eye contact with the router bit when it is running.

Nice job.

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

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#6 posted 05-28-2009 01:38 AM

Hey Kent
This is a very nice well built router table it fits in you super shop very well.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 05-28-2009 01:40 AM

A great looking and very sturdy looking table. I like the switch too. I need to get some for a couple of my tools including my router table.

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

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#8 posted 05-28-2009 01:56 AM

Thats a great router table.

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#9 posted 05-28-2009 02:12 AM

Beautiful router table. Great design and useful accessories.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#10 posted 05-28-2009 02:42 AM

Looks very practical and well made. Excellent job! One question for you—do you use the t-slot? I don’t have one on mine and there have been a few times when I’ve wanted one but maybe not enough to build one in yet. I like not having one to collect chips. Just curious what others think about them….

-- Jim,

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#11 posted 05-28-2009 02:58 AM

dovetails and bubinga on a router table? You truly have a love for what you do, I hope to be there soon!

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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#12 posted 05-28-2009 03:11 AM

Great looking router table. You did a beautiful job on this unit. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 05-28-2009 03:20 AM

Wish I could have been there to watch you build and then use that thing. I could have learned so much.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#14 posted 05-28-2009 03:37 AM

Hi Kent,

You did an awesome job on this router table. I would love something like this in my shop. It is great looking, solid and functional. The safety switch was a great idea also.

-- Derrick J. Barcroft

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#15 posted 05-28-2009 04:15 AM

I like your style and I know that anything coming off this router table will look as good if not better than this fine piece of crafted router table. Looking forward to view future projects thanks for sharing…Blackcherry

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