Router Table

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Project by measureagain posted 01-09-2016 09:35 PM 1236 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another “work in progress”. It started out as “hey Mom, when you get those new countertops, can you have them hack off the 4 ft. chunk between the sink and fridge and save it for me”? I roughed out a plan using SketchUp. It is 2×4 and 1/2” plywood. I probably spent $300 on the aluminum router plate, T-tracks, casters, UHMW pieces, drawer slides, on/off switch and shop vac fittings. The drawer pulls are routed into the drawer fronts from behind with a cove bit, and then the fronts were attached to the plywood drawer boxes. This leaves me with drawers that do not have any shin-busting pulls sticking out. I bought a set of medical grade, dual locking, casters for about the same money as it would cost at the local woodworking stores. These are way nicer. I can hardly lift one end of the table because it is so heavy, but with the casters unlocked, I can push the table around the shop with one finger. It doesn’t really show in the picture, but I mounted the box with my router bits on the left side of the table, next to the on/off switch. The drawers hold all the jigs and accessories, and each drawer has a different sized tray that holds wrenches, collets, set-up blocks, etc. The Triton router does not require a lift, as it can be adjusted through the plate from above. Dust collection is pretty good with the dual hoses, but I would like to confine the mess even more. Maybe a box of drawers on each side of the router, and/or a denim “shower curtain” around the router to at least deflect the chips down onto the shelf. The Triton has a safety lock-out that requires me to reach under the table before changing bits, so I don’t really want a door or solid panel in front. The real solution would be a real dust collection system with a 4” hose, but I just don’t have room for that.

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#1 posted 01-10-2016 01:02 AM

You sure did a nice job on your router table. I’ve reached the point where I want to upgrade my router and build or buy a better table. Why did you go with the Triton, what model, and what attachments did you buy? Any brands you would stay away from?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 01-10-2016 01:36 AM

At the time I bought the Triton, the MOF001 was the only router I was aware of that could be adjusted above the table. So that was worth an extra hundred dollars. I believe the TRA001 also has this feature now. I believe that Bosch and Porter Cable each have at least one model that can do this. The second feature that sold it was the enclosed guard with integral fitting for a vacuum hose. I had the Triton for a long time, and when I bought it, there were almost no accessories available. I looked for template guide bushings when I bought it, but couldn’t find any. It doesn’t use the standard size like everything else does. You can find the guide bushing kits now, but they are ridiculously expensive. TGA250.

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#3 posted 01-10-2016 03:18 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 01-10-2016 02:13 PM

It’s a very nice router table and will be great for your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#5 posted 01-10-2016 03:59 PM

Good job,I real don’t like small router tables this is much more useful than those bench top router tables.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 01-10-2016 04:26 PM

Nice, like the high router fence. I started a build for a new router table last year making the table top, purchasing a raiser and fence. Stopped till I figured out the cabinet to support the table. Originally though of a completely enclosed cabinet with drawers and dust collection box, but the open shelf on your cabinet looks like it would make getting to the router for maintenance much easier

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#7 posted 01-11-2016 09:26 PM

I had a benchtop table, but the phenolic sagged from the router weight. I said the next one would be an aluminum plate. The frame to support the particleboard top (Mom’s old kitchen countertop) and the edges of the router plate is a matrix of 2×4.

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