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Project by PaulfromVictor posted 1800 days ago 11165 views 26 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I never imagined how much I would appreciate a horizontal router table. This table is essentially a poor man’s multi-router. The fixed base of the router is attached to the blue half inch phenolic board. The router motor is inserted from the back side. There is a crank on the top to raise and lower the router. The router bit (not in photo) protrudes from the hole in the blue phenolic. There are two trays that control the movement of the work piece. The bottom tray moves the whole mechanism toward/away from the router bit acting as a plunge, and the top tray slides back and forth on top of that. On top of the top tray you see a board with a toggle clamp attached. This holds the wood in place. Sometimes it is neccessary to customize a new clamp piece depending on what is being worked. Once you have 2-3 made, they will handle almost everything.

I use this to rout all of my mortises. You can set stops on each tray to limit travel and plunge. Once the stops are set, cuts are easily repeatable. The fingerboard you see is not being used as a fingerboard. The reverse end is being use as a stop for the the bottom tray.

This also makes the tenon end of sliding dovetails quite easily. First you need to cut your mortise side however you would usually do it. Then, you can use the piece you cut to set the depth on the router bit in the horizontal table. Just hold the piece over the router bit and set the depth by adjusting how far it protrudes through the hole. Once you do this you can cut the tenon end by making gradual cuts to sneak up on your exact fit. It is neccessary to flip the workpiece after each pass to cut evenly on each side.





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Karson

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#1 posted 1800 days ago

I have a purchased version made by one of the jig companies. I love it. It’s not a multi-router but it is handy.

Nice job on the creation. A friend of mine made on from the plans at MLCS.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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PaulfromVictor

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#2 posted 1800 days ago

Thank you Karson. This was also from a plan, but I made several tweaks that suited me. I don’t recall where I got the plan, but if anybody wants to know, I will go dig it up.

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cwdance1

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#3 posted 1800 days ago

I would like to have a plan for that, if you find it.

Great job

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1800 days ago

Before I bought my multi router I made a jig similar to this but didn’t look anywhere as nice as yours

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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blockhead

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#5 posted 1800 days ago

Great job Paul. I would love to have a plan as well. Thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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PaulfromVictor

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#6 posted 1798 days ago

How do I attach a PDF file?

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BTKS

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#7 posted 1798 days ago

This looks quite do-able. Thanks for the idea. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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John Gray

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#8 posted 1798 days ago

Nice build!
I’d like to know more about it and if you send me a PM with your email address I’ll send you mine and you could email me the PDF file of the plan. I don’t want to post my email adx on here I get enough spam already. ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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kweenbee

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#9 posted 1797 days ago

I have been thinking about building a horizontal router table for a couple of years now. Seeing the great set-up that you have created may be the nudge I need. A set of plans would be great, if at all possible. I would like to go the PM route as well if you are unable to upload a link to the pdf.

-- "The Artful Bodger"

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RouterManiac

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#10 posted 1796 days ago

Sweet job, want to sell one?
Ken

-- Ken, Florida, www.theroutermaniac.com

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cabinetmaster

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#11 posted 1796 days ago

I’ll PM you with my email address. I’d like to make one too.

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

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Laurent

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#12 posted 1796 days ago

Has anyone ever retrofitted a MLCS horizontal table with similar sliding trays? I like my MLCS but cutting deep mortises w/out tray is not as safe as I’d like to.

If you don’t mind, I’ll PM you to get your PDF to see how can I adapt my table.

Thanks,
Laurent

-- Laurent

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daveintexas

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#13 posted 1790 days ago

Looks like you have a winner there.

Would you be able to route raised penels with your set up ?

Also- If you are interested in building another one to sell, PM me with info and a price?

Thanks
Dave

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PaulfromVictor

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#14 posted 1788 days ago

Ken and Dave

If I were to make you one you wouldn’t have the pride of ownership as you would if you made it yourself!

I suppose you could raise panels on it, but you would need to use the vertical style bits. I think you would be better off raising panels on a traditional router table where the base is stationary.

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witch1

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#15 posted 1774 days ago

Hi, Paul from Victor,
Is it possible to send me plans, too, for the horizontal router table? I can’t see the back of it in the pictures.
I am new to woodworking and need all the help I can get, and this horizontal arrangement seems much safer than trying to keep wood pieces sliding across a madly spinning sharp bit at an upright angle.
Thanking you in advance,
Which witch? Witch1

-- witch1

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