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Project by Rockfoot posted 08-22-2015 08:26 PM 2768 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know you’ve seen this router table hundreds of times now, but I’ve had the plans for a while and finally got around to building it. I pretty much stayed true to the plans except for the dust collection where I mounted an Incra CleanSweep instead of Norm’s solution.

The case is made of 3/4” Maple plywood from Home Depot, the drawer fronts and boxes are Baltic Birch and the hardwood trim is Alder. The top is two sheets of 3/4” MDF with white laminate I got from Lowe’s. I installed the Incra Master Lift ll, which I absolutely love. With the slotted inserts and the clean sweep below, all the dust is pulled down around the bit, virtually nothing escapes. The suction around the bit is so good, I don’t really even need the dust collection in the fence. ( On my old table, I had the Keen DustRouter which also worked very well. But, it didn’t really fit the new Master Lift and I like the clean sweep better.)

I’m still using my old 2-1/4 HP DeWalt router, but plan to upgrade to the 3-1/4 HP Porter Cable motor soon.

Over all, I’m very please with this table. It’s solid, perfectly sized with plenty of storage and the Incra system is amazing. The last picture is my old table that I’ve built about 10 years ago. I think this new one will last even longer.





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SirGareth

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#1 posted 08-22-2015 08:50 PM

You did a fine job! That’s a big improvement over your old table and should serve you well.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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Diwayne

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#2 posted 08-22-2015 10:37 PM

Good job. Yep. The 3 horse or beter I agree.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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Tugboater78

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#3 posted 08-23-2015 01:39 AM

Looks great!
I’ve been sitting on plans for crestonwood’s version of norms table for a couple years. Still waiting till i have the time to put it together.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#4 posted 08-23-2015 12:30 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Scott Oldre

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#5 posted 08-23-2015 12:39 PM

Nicely done. Looks perfect. Can’t agree more with your love for Incra tools.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 08-23-2015 02:49 PM

That’s a very nice router table and will be 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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#7 posted 08-23-2015 06:23 PM

Stellar job on the Norm build…..I built the same router table about 8 years ago, and like you, stayed pretty much with the original plans, except for a couple of changes…My d.c. is 4” at the fence, and 4” going to the box…I used a “Y” connector to divide the suction, and a blast gate to open and close either one…..I have pictures of the changes….Well…Photobucket won’t pull up, so I’m s.o.l. right now….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#8 posted 08-23-2015 07:59 PM

Great build on Norm’s classic router table. I hope you have as many enjoyable hours on your new table as I have on mine. I used Norn’s dust collection system on mine, and I think norm had a better dust collector than I

Tugboater78 “Still waiting till i have the time to put it together”.
“Never wait till you have the time, instead you make the time to do your task”. ... (I forgot who said that)

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

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Tugboater78

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#9 posted 08-25-2015 01:46 AM



Great build on Norm s classic router table. I hope you have as many enjoyable hours on your new table as I have on mine. I used Norn s dust collection system on mine, and I think norm had a better dust collector than I

Tugboater78 “Still waiting till i have the time to put it together”.
“Never wait till you have the time, instead you make the time to do your task”. ... (I forgot who said that)

- Grumpymike

Aye! Every project i work on i keep telling myself things be easier if i just would make it. But the woman is hounding me to finish her kitchen remodel and would have hysterics if i took the time to build a router table. ” another bench and/or cabinet for your shop?, i want my kitchen! :)

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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Richard

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#10 posted 08-25-2015 04:12 PM


Great build on Norm s classic router table. I hope you have as many enjoyable hours on your new table as I have on mine. I used Norn s dust collection system on mine, and I think norm had a better dust collector than I

Tugboater78 “Still waiting till i have the time to put it together”.
“Never wait till you have the time, instead you make the time to do your task”. ... (I forgot who said that)

- Grumpymike

Aye! Every project i work on i keep telling myself things be easier if i just would make it. But the woman is hounding me to finish her kitchen remodel and would have hysterics if i took the time to build a router table. ” another bench and/or cabinet for your shop?, i want my kitchen! :)

- Tugboater78


But this would help get the Kitchen done Faster. But of course she won’t buy into that . :)

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moke

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#11 posted 08-31-2015 05:31 PM

The new table is well done…..I too, made one ten years ago or so…it is well designed and have served me well. I hope you kept your old table functional, it is much easier to make rasied panel doors with two routers….at least my wife is convinced of that!!!
Mike

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