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Project by CB_Cohick posted 09-22-2015 04:18 PM 2736 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first major woodworking project I finished last Spring. I am just now getting around to putting it online. It is based on Norm’s table using the plans from Creston. I had to alter the plans to make the table narrower to fit my small shop. Otherwise it went accordingly. If I were to do it again I would forget about the toe kick. Since it sits on 3” wheels it really isn’t needed. Practically every step was a first for me. I learned so much.

The first photo is the finished table. I went with a tung oil and poly finish on the exterior plywood and trim.

Photo two is an early dry fit of the plywood pieces.

Photo three is where I learned that it really is true, you never have enough clamps.

Photo four shows bottoms for some of the bit drawers. I learned how to drill holes using my drill press cleanly without tearout.

Photo 5 is after drawer assembly.

Photo six is during the laminate application process. Also a learning experience.

For anyone considering building your own table, I fully recommend it. You can buy less expensive tables, but it is all about the journey not the destination.

Thanks for your advice during the build. I couldn’t have done it without you all.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.





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CB_Cohick

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#1 posted 09-22-2015 04:24 PM

This shows the finish a little better. Edit: Now that I look at it I think it’s the same picture.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 09-22-2015 05:04 PM

Chris,

Stellar job on the Norm router table….It looks really sharp….I built the Norm r.t. about 5-6 years ago, and I too went with the plans….and video….It’s prolly the best router table anyone could build….I stayed pretty much with the original plans, but I changed the dust collection on mine…On the fence, I built a box with Plexy, and cut a 4” hole, and on the cabinet I also cut a 4” hole, and used a Y connector, and a blast gates….Connected it to the dust collector with drops, and it really makes a difference in the cfms. Here’s a couple of pictures of how I did it…

-- Here in the South, we say "down the road a piece"...and , "it's over yonder".....!!

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CB_Cohick

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#3 posted 09-22-2015 05:16 PM

I like the way you plumbed your DC, Rick. I currently have a Frankenfitting assembly on mine and need to simplify. I may “borrow” some of your ideas ;)

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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ScottM

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#4 posted 09-22-2015 05:28 PM

Great job. I built the same one! I already had a table top, plate, and fence that I got from Rockler and just built the base to mount it on. So far it’s holding up great. I decided not to go fancy with the dust collection. I just have a fence connection. Everything else pretty much falls into the box with the router so it’s pretty easy clean up.

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 09-22-2015 05:37 PM

Chris,

You use any or all of the idea…..It’s just something I came up with out of the blue…I actually like it better than Norm’s plumming…lol..One thing I forgot to mention: When I cut the hole in the box at the fence, the biggest holesaw I had was 4”, and the hose was too big around to fit it….I got a one pound metal coffee can, opened both ends, cut the rim off of both ends, and slipped it inside the hose, and slipped it inside the hole in the box…the can served as a “cuppler”....it works perfect….Because I think Norm’s setup was too small to take care of both box and cabinet…

-- Here in the South, we say "down the road a piece"...and , "it's over yonder".....!!

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#6 posted 09-22-2015 05:50 PM

Outstanding router table set. I like the contrast of black and wood colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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fivecodys

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#7 posted 09-22-2015 06:14 PM

Very nicely done.
I love a project that challenges me to do something I have never done before.
Yes it’s true….I can never have enough clamps!

Thanks for sharing and put that bad boy to work! :)

-- Chem, Central California

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Pointer

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#8 posted 09-22-2015 10:18 PM

Like this a lot. I know if I had one I would do a lot more with the router.

-- Joe - - When 10 million people believe in a dumb idea, it's still a dumb idea.

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wmgworks

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#9 posted 09-22-2015 10:20 PM

” but it is all about the journey not the destination”

This is the mantra of a good craftsman. Followed very closely by “you can never have too many clamps”

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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bondogaposis

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#10 posted 09-23-2015 01:40 AM

You did a really nice job on that, you’re going to love using it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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htl

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#11 posted 09-23-2015 02:46 AM

nicely done!
What comes next?

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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CB_Cohick

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#12 posted 09-23-2015 02:56 AM



nicely done!
What comes next?

- htl


I have been spending a lot of time lately working on a rental property. The next thing of substance around here for me and wife will be a bathroom vanity. I did throw this together tonight. It will be populated with cup hooks, hang in the closet, and serve as a key organizer.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#13 posted 09-23-2015 01:54 PM

That is awesome. Great job

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

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 09-23-2015 02:51 PM

It looks very nice and will be a great addition to your shop. Congratulations.

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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BenDupre

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#15 posted 02-01-2017 11:30 PM

Very nice. I have been looking for a full size router table and the thing that stops me from buying one is i know one lile this can be built. I will try it someday.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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