Shopmade Horizontal Router Table

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Project by Bricofleur posted 10-23-2009 02:41 AM 12837 views 92 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the benchtop horizontal router table I’ve been planning to build for a long time. It’s great for milling tenons, sliding dovetail tail boards, raised panels using vertical router bits, and molding edges of wide boards, all that keeping workpieces flat on the tabletop. I was inspired by Ernie Conover’s design and it’s all made out of MDF.

The router bit height adjustment is deadly simple yet very effective. Note that I made it to be stored vertically to save space in my basement workshop.

This is a great addition to my workshop.

To see all the detailled constructions, including tips and videos, look for it on the following link :

To watch a short lazy susan video of this horizontal router table, click the following link :



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 10-23-2009 03:23 AM

Very cool Serge.. I like the small wedge you use to hold the fence while you tighten the knobs.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 10-23-2009 03:42 AM

Very clever design, and well executed. Thanks!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 10-23-2009 04:37 AM

Great design, very clean look. Plus dust collection!. Thanks for the post and the link to the details.

-- Chris

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#4 posted 10-23-2009 04:48 AM

Hi Bricofleur,
I am just beginning to build a horizontal table. Hope it turns out as well as yours. I will post when finished. Am trying to incorporate both vertical and horizontal in the same table, consequently quite large.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#5 posted 10-23-2009 05:21 AM

Very nice. I’ve been wanting to build something similar.

-- MW |

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#6 posted 10-23-2009 06:56 AM

Hi Serge,

Thanks a lot for sharing this is also on my todo list.

I hope you won’t mind if I “borrow” your design :)

Merci encore


-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#7 posted 10-23-2009 07:00 AM

good job serge cool tool

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 10-23-2009 04:23 PM

Nicely done, I think that is now on my to build list. Thanks.

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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#9 posted 10-24-2009 12:06 AM

Very good design.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#10 posted 10-24-2009 12:12 AM

Degoose – The wedge? Can’t be simpler, isn’t it? And very effective.

Chris – The dust collection is excellent. I mean excellent.

Jack – Can’t wait to see your… monster!

P – Bienvenu (snowbird ou déménagé?)

Others – On your todo list? I dare you because this tool is awesome. (and don’t forget to share your picture)



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#11 posted 10-24-2009 02:36 AM

Just from the look of the signature material (MDF) used and the shop-made knobs, I knew this was another contribution from Serge!

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#12 posted 03-29-2010 04:42 AM

I’ve been thinking of building one of these. Very simple method for adjusting the router height. Much simpler than the ones I have seen with the screw mechanisms to move it up and down. Way too complicated. Yours looks very efficient. If I build one, then I will have to buy some new router bits.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#13 posted 03-29-2010 05:22 AM

cool little set up!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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