Makeshift Small Benchtop Router Table

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Project by jkread posted 04-28-2016 01:16 PM 689 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m in the very early stages of setting up my shop and needed a router table for a few things. I didn’t want to invest much since a full-size dedicated router table is in my not too far off future. All the materials for this were acquired from HD’s 70% Culled/Damaged area or their trash bins. Planning to add a rudimentary fence.

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#1 posted 04-28-2016 01:52 PM

Nice quick build. A router table is a mandatory tool in my shop.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 04-28-2016 03:33 PM

Nice – does the bit extend all the way through the top for a full cut?

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#3 posted 04-28-2016 03:53 PM

Ought to do the job. Should not be to hard to build a fence for it. My brother built one rather like this in about 1984 and we are still using it for on-site work.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 04-28-2016 10:17 PM

Thanks everyone. Yes I can raise (lower) to the point that the collet just reaches the top of the table. Bits can be fully inserted and still get just as much working length as if it was free hand.

For the fence I’m looking at probably just ripping some stock down to 1×3 or so. One that will reference flat to the table then the other at 90 degrees giving me 3-4 inches of height depending on what I think looks best when I do it. Some angle brackets just for stability. A bolt through the table on one end and then I’ll pivot and probably just clamp the back side on the other end.

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