*My* Router Table

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Project by NCTurner posted 08-01-2016 02:34 PM 3326 views 25 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been reading and admiring the work here for quite a while, but this is my first post/project. I love woodturning and have been doing that for nearly 20 years. However, about 18 months ago, a home project came up, and I needed to use a router for it. As I was looking at all of the router tables, especially those based on Norm Abram’s design, I decided I did want to build a router table. I bought a table saw, dado blades, and my wife got the Jessem router lift for me. I ran across the plans that Dan Phalen has on his website ( and knew that I wanted I build that design. I built the top (2 pieces of 3/4” MDF) last year, but after that, my wife had surgery, and then I had surgery a few months after her, so I didn’t return to the shop (aka my garage) until a couple of months ago.) The top got dinged up in the garage somewhat over the last year since it didn’t have a “home.” Long story short, I finally got this completed. The top border is red oak, and the carcass is 3/4” maple plywood. The trim/handles are all walnut. I made the handles myself.

Nothing seemed like it came easy on this. I had gotten a huge chunk of walnut from a neighbor a couple of years ago. It was about 8’ long by 18” wide by 2.5” deep. It was not really a board, so I had to figure out how to mill using my tools that I have. It took about 6 hours but I got it cut down/usable. The walnut was very old and very checked but I did find some nice solid wood in it.

I decided to not use all 7 top drawers as bit drawers, as I doubt I’ll ever own THAT many bits. I made small, narrow drawers on the left side. However, I could easily convert them to bit drawers if needed.

Since the pictures, I added a hook for the cords (I set it up to turn on my Shop Vac simultaneously with my router (a PC 7518) and a couple of other minor tweaks.

I’ve never really done a project like this and it was a learning experience. Thanks for looking!

-- One good turn deserves another!

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#1 posted 08-01-2016 03:22 PM

Someday I might be able to make something that looks as nice as this. It’s a goal. Absolutely beautiful. Good Job.

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#2 posted 08-01-2016 03:28 PM

beautiful looking table, one of the most vital tools in a shop imo. Great work

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#3 posted 08-01-2016 04:47 PM

nice work. looks good.

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#4 posted 08-01-2016 06:03 PM

great looking table, I’m sure you’ll find it VERY useful

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#6 posted 08-01-2016 08:03 PM

That is a great router table. It is a very nice design and plenty of storage and other features.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 08-01-2016 08:40 PM

What a great looking project!
I really like the walnut handles.

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#8 posted 08-01-2016 09:26 PM

Really nice project, it’s so pretty.

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#9 posted 08-01-2016 11:00 PM

great job looks beautiful,and i agree that its one of the most versatile tools in the shop,well done.

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#10 posted 08-01-2016 11:43 PM

That’s a mighty fine looking router table! Looks like you’ve got every feature you’ll need to get some great use out of it.

One thing about a router table is, you’ll find that you’ll use it on just about every project!

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#11 posted 08-02-2016 03:16 AM

Looks like a great router table, I’m sure you will get lots of use out of it for many years to come.

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#12 posted 08-02-2016 04:03 AM

Looks great! I am sure it will get lots of use.

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#13 posted 08-02-2016 01:16 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments. Seems like the common comment was “you’ll use this so much”. Funny, I just used this yesterday to cut some dados on some drawers for a new file cabinet we got but had cheap, thin bottoms for the drawers, so I beefed those up some.

For those that haven’t built one of these yet, or something like this, just TRY it! I had NO jigs when I started, a small table saw, had never cut acrylic before, never built drawers like this. Heck, I didn’t even know what the movable ‘wings’ were for that are on the fence! So, go for it, you’ll be glad you did!

-- One good turn deserves another!

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#14 posted 08-02-2016 01:49 PM

That looks great! I really like the walnut handles and trim.

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#15 posted 08-02-2016 02:31 PM

Great job. I am sure you will get a lot of use out of it. I love mine – and those small drawers come in handy.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania,

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