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Project by PPK posted 07-25-2016 02:36 AM 981 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this router table probably about 10 years ago, but I’ve been tweaking it and making it better ever since. It’s not terribly beautiful, just some pine plywood for the carcass and doors/drawer. But, it sure works great for me.
I have two different inserts (both from Wood Peckers, they are very good quality) so I can easily drop in a different router. The fence is home made also, and the faces are adjustable, so its easy to rout a variety of different things. I added a big 4” dust collection port to it recently and drilled a couple of holes with “door” over them (second picture). Funny as it sounds, the box is so tight, I actually have to open up the door so some air can flow thru the box and improve the dust collection. It all depends on how large of a bit I’ve got and what task I’m doing. As you can see also, I have a hose that comes around the back to collect dust from the top thru the fence too. Finally, I have to admit that the miter gauge slot is cool, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve only used it once or twice to fasten in a feather board. And I could have just used a clamp to do the same thing. So, if you ever want to skip the whole miter slot, go right ahead. It’s not a table saw!!

-- Pete





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Scott Landry

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 04:55 AM

nice work! Stay tuned because I’m almost done with mine.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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ChicksWithTools

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#2 posted 07-08-2017 02:51 PM

Pete,

That’s exactly what I have room for and looks like an easy way to start as I can get a cabinet carcass cheaply. What material is the top surface of the table?

-- Courageous convictions will drag the dream into existence. - Rush, Vital Signs

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 07-08-2017 03:02 PM

This is a great router table and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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PPK

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#4 posted 07-08-2017 07:18 PM

CWT,

Its just a couple layers of plywood, laminated with some formica (countertop laminate). You could use an old counter top and just beef up the bottom a bit by adding some strips of wood or gluing a sheet of something else on…

Good luck!

-- Pete

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