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Project by Sandy posted 12-07-2009 02:59 AM 4170 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a router table which I designed following my purchase of an Incra LS17 Positioner. The problem which required the design is that the Incra LS17 requires a “deeper” table than any generally available. The top is simply a piece of melamine into which I routed a place for a Rockler lift. The base is made up of 2×4’s. I know that the top should be quite a bit stiffer, but I use a relatively light weight Porter Cable 630, so it hasn’t been an issue in the 3+ years since I built it.

Since these photos were originally taken, I’ve upgraded the fence to the Incra Super Fence system which integrates dust collection.

  • Update *
    I have now added a new project, a portable, folding workbench that allows for interchangeable tops, including either a Festool MFT top or this Router Table Top. It all folds down and is light weight and easily portable. The last two pictures show the new, folding base along with the Incra Super Fence.




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#1 posted 12-07-2009 03:00 AM

Nice looking shop!

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 09:34 AM

Good looking table. How big did you make the top,doing one also.Good tool.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 06:27 PM

Great job on the table. I just purchased a Incra Positoner 17 inch and added on to my table. My problem is i need to get a better mount to adjust my bit. I was routing with it and the bit was not tighten down enough and it move on me so i ruined the wood i had. How do you like your Incra so far?

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 08:06 PM

Qmoney, as you now know, it’s quite important to tighten your collet properly. My particular lift has the ability to twist and remove the inserts. However, many lift inserts require that you unscrew them before they can be removed. In my case, since it’s quite easy to remove the inserts, I use offset router bit wrenches (available from Peachtree Woodworking Supply, Inc. – http://www.ptreeusa.com/routerAcc.htm ) from the top of the table. If your insert requires unscrewing, then you might have to tighten some other way.

I like the Incra, but it does take some practice. I now have their “Super Fence” system which provides much better dust collection.

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 08:08 PM

Great job

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 04:58 PM

Bill, sorry I hadn’t seen your question earlier. The top was actually made from a piece of melamine. As I recall, I simply cut a piece into thirds, each 32” x 49”, and I then routed out the location for the lift. The top is braced from beneath.

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#7 posted 03-01-2010 06:27 PM

Nice job…

-- Rick

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 03:36 AM

Nice, Love Incra stuff…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 11-15-2017 06:09 PM

As I had never designed nor built a “real” router table with any kind of storage or dust collection, that was on the “to do (for the shop)” list for quite some time (about the last 8 years, in fact). I recently built a portable, folding workbench having a Festool MFT-style top. It occurred to me that I could remove the Router Table top from the simple stand that I had originally built and substitute the folding worktable, so that no additional shop space would be required, while providing me with a high precision, portable router table with an Incra LS-17 Positioner, the Incra Super Fence, and a lift. As the sizes were very close, all I had to do was unscrew the Router Table top from the stand, and modify it to fit on the folding bench. Sometimes things just work out right!

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