Router Table

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Project by Rxmpo posted 08-29-2009 03:25 PM 2282 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This router table was built 2 years ago just prior to the writing desk I made for my wife. It was actually created specifically for that very project.

Simple construction made from my own design. The frame is made using mortise and tenon joinery of poplar for the base frame, the doors and sides are ¼” birch ply, and the top is ¾” MDF& ¾” Ply, edged in red oak. As you can tell, I was experimenting with staining techniques, hence the finish. The router fence is Freud, which I must admit; I’m not all that thrilled with but it hasn’t caused too many problems so I can’t complain. I have doors both on the front and back for easy access to storage and dust collection.

The miter gauge is made out of scraps and I dadoed the miter slot with multiple passes through the table saw making sure the angle was perpendicular to the router base plate. The top has a few layers of wipe on poly and a good waxing every once in a while keeps it nice and slick.

All in all I’ve been very happy with the result. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 08-29-2009 03:36 PM

Very nice table. Looks like you could hide it in the dinning room.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#2 posted 08-29-2009 04:00 PM

How do you do your dust collection?

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

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#3 posted 08-29-2009 04:07 PM

That’s just to purdy to work on. Great job. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#4 posted 08-29-2009 04:23 PM

I’m with ChrisN, you could throw a table cloth over it and serve food off it!
Do you hook a vac up to the back?
Nice job on the home made miter too.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 08-29-2009 07:33 PM

Surely this is the most nicely finished RT I’ve ever seen.
Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 08-29-2009 11:28 PM

Wow really nice looks like furniture

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#7 posted 08-29-2009 11:50 PM

Nice router table!

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#8 posted 08-31-2009 05:29 AM

Sorry its too nice for me to use in my shop.

Great work.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#9 posted 08-31-2009 05:43 AM

Thanks for the kind words guys!

Yup, John & Eric, just added another picture to show the back of the fence system which has the port for my shop vac to attach. It does a pretty good job getting the dust out of the way. I have the clamps on there for the slots on the cutting boards that I have made. Can’t make enough of those things for family and friends.

Thanks for looking.

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#10 posted 08-31-2009 04:40 PM

Is there a DVD player hidden in there somewhere.


-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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