My very own New Yankee Router Table!

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Project by Jeepin85CJ7 posted 10-05-2015 12:08 AM 2529 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is my very own New Yankee Workshop Router Table – I think I am in love. I finally finished this Project – I wrapped it up about a month ago and it took me a total of almost two months after work.

I bought the plans back in the beginning of this year and have been slowly purchasing all of the parts until I finally got the wood and went to work. This was one of the most fun projects that I have built to date. Norm was a genius for this. I followed the plans to the letter and all I have left is the plexiglass door, but I had to post.

Just for reference, the last picture is the old Router table that I thought was wonderful until I found this one. Anyone who is thinking about building this, do it, and don’t skimp on the details. I have used it numerous times since.

The whole cabinet is made from 3/4” cabinet grade Maple Plywood.

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#1 posted 10-05-2015 12:32 AM

Very nicely done…should last a long time.

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#2 posted 10-05-2015 03:02 AM

Now that’s to pretty to use.
I’d keep using the old one till you get the new one broke in. LOL
Really nice work!!!

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#3 posted 10-05-2015 03:35 AM

Very nice, one thing on my project list. My 70’s craftsman table just frustrates me.

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

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#4 posted 10-05-2015 05:14 AM

That turned out very nice. I love to see sawdust in a shop picture…looks worked in

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 10-05-2015 05:44 AM

Very impresive, beautiful table!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 10-05-2015 11:51 AM

Thanks so much for the comments – as for the old table, it is already broke down and scrap wood now.

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#7 posted 10-05-2015 05:53 PM

Congratulations on a great build.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 10-06-2015 02:19 AM

The saw dust is a permanent fixture trust me but the table looks and works awesome! Thanks for letting me help build it.

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#9 posted 02-16-2016 08:19 PM

Your router table looks fantastic! I am just starting to think about building one based on Norm’s design. The one thing I don’t understand is why do you need to put rabbets on the sides of the back side of the Bit Drawer fronts? It seems to me that if you don’t rabbet them, it would just mean that the guides on the sides that the drawers ride on would be a little bit shorter.

Am I missing something?

Thanks for any insight.

-- Rod, Kansas City, MO

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#10 posted 02-17-2016 05:16 PM

Thank you for the comments – as for the rabbets on the drawer fronts – it took me some time to figure this out too. What you may be missing is that in the finished product you are putting 3/4 trim on the plywood case to give it a better look. So once you rabbet the drawer front, it will sit flush within the case and trim.

I highly recommend this project, it took some time and was a pain here and there, but I have never used a router table as much as I have this one. the whole thing is fantastic.

Let me know if this helps.

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#11 posted 02-18-2016 12:48 AM


Thanks for your reply. I don’t actually have the plans for Norms design, but I have watched his video, and looked at several peoples implementation of it. I am still somewhat confused about the rabbets, but I don’t know where Norm installs the Bit Drawer “runners” on the insides of the cabinet. It seems to me that if the “runners” were installed so that the front edge of them were flush with the front of the plywood on the cabinet, that if the drawer fronts were the same thickness as the trim to be installed (3/4 inch), then the front of the drawer would be flush with the front of the trim on the cabinet.

Like I said, I think maybe I am still not understanding exactly how this works. I may have to wait until I get the main cabinet built so I can actually see it in 3D. I am drawing my plans in Sketchup, but I am pretty new to that also, so its slow going.

Thanks again for your help!

-- Rod, Kansas City, MO

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