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A Home for my New Router --- (Router Table)

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Project by treeman posted 1646 days ago 6097 views 51 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a new router (Bosch 1617EVSPK) for Christmas so naturally, I needed to give it a good home.

I decided that a nice new router table would be the way to go. I quickly planned what I wanted and put the necessary parts on order. This included an Incra 25” joinery package, 27” x 43” top, and the Incra version of the Woodpecker PRL-V2 router lift. I ordered before the end of the year to get in on the Incra sale going on at that time. The parts came quickly and I drew up a rough plan in Sketchup.

The base cabinet is 3/4” MDF rabbited and dadoed to build the case. The face frame is made up of maple left over from my workbench project. The face frame was assembled with pocket hole joinery and attached to the cabinet the same way. I built lots of drawers and used a plexiglass door on the router compartment. I built a baffle in the back of the router compartment and drilled holes in the plexiglass door to funnel the airflow along the bottom. I connected the fence dust collection to the compartment dust collection with the connector on the back.

The top is attached to the cabinet with a layer of weatherstripping between the top and cabinet. I did this to both seal the dust collection compartment and to make sure I didn’t pulll the top out of flat when attaching it.

The cabinet finish is the same as I have used on my other shop cabinets (Krylon spray paint) and the face frame is finished with General Finishes gel topcoat. I still need to build router bit holders for the drawers, and tool organizers for the various tools I use at the router table but I am extremely pleased with the results so far.

I want to thank Blake and purplev, because many of the ideas I used was inspired by their router table projects.





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pommy

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#1 posted 1646 days ago

Wow thats a cool looking table you have there my friend

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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Raymond

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#2 posted 1646 days ago

That is one nice router table. Great job on that.

-- Ray

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Gary

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#3 posted 1646 days ago

That is nice work. I really like that. I need to do something like that instead of those two little junky things I have. Maybe I should just come over and borrow yours??

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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pete57

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#4 posted 1646 days ago

Nice Job!! I think you have adequate space for router bits and what ever. I like the color scheme also,

-- Humble Wood Servant

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 1646 days ago

looks like a great station!

Thanks for the credit. I can’t really see what ideas you got from me – but you’re welcome ;o)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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holznabie

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#6 posted 1646 days ago

echt gut gelungen! so einen mag ich auch :-)

-- http://www.hobbyplan.de

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majeagle1

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#7 posted 1646 days ago

Wow is right….......... this is one superb router table…....

I have been thinking about an Incra settup and wondering how I would need to make the table….
Well, wonder no more !

Thanks for sharing, beautiful job.

How do you like the Incra/Woodpecker lift? Is that also an Incra table top?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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AJJ

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#8 posted 1646 days ago

great job. I love the dust collection and the fence system.

-- AJJ, Eugene OR

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treeman

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#9 posted 1646 days ago

majeagle1,

Thanks for the kind comments.

I haven’t had a chance to actually use the lift as I just finished the table yesterday. I will say that I like the looks and feel and also the quick release height adjustment and above the table bit changes. I went with the Incra version of the lift because I like their “MagnaLock rings” that attach to the router plate with magnets and can be installed/removed without tools. I researched the lifts available and I chose this one because I thought it best suited my needs.

Yes, it is an Incra table top.

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SgtSnafu

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#10 posted 1646 days ago

Very nice router table – Hope mine turns out as well as your did..

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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RDW

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#11 posted 1646 days ago

Treeman: I really like the use of the color against the natural maple. It looks great. Very professional.

-- Common Sense is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1001 and Obvious 1002 their freshman year.

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#12 posted 1646 days ago

Great looking router cabinet. You can’t go wrong with the Incra products. They are excellent and extremely accurate.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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Kent Shepherd

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#13 posted 1646 days ago

Great job on the router table—Thanks

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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woodworm

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#14 posted 1646 days ago

Great work, I like this design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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hasbeen99

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#15 posted 1644 days ago

Nice work!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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