Big, Heavy Duty Shop Made Router Table (with build photos)

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 09-18-2016 11:44 PM 1910 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I set out to build a big, flat, heavy, square, strong Router Table, and it came out great.
I didn’t want any bells or whistles or stupid attachments that I’d never use, and I couldn’t be happier with this result.
It started out with a very large amount of leftover lumber I had stored in the shop for a long time.
I wanted to make this one with all the changes I found necessary over an old one I had. Like the height on this one is almost 41 inches, because the old one was hard to bend down to use. And I can now see the bit height adjustments better, along with being able to remove the router easier when I want to.

The top is pretty massive at 24” X 48” and 1 3/4” thick solid maple.
The split fence runs the entire width and is 8” high.
The whole thing weighs approximately 200 to 250 pounds.

The fence took the longest to build because I needed it to be perfectly square and straight, and I am happy to report that it is.
The fence is made from 7/8 maple, and before anyone comments on wood movement, I’d like to say that I’ve been working with hard maple for a very long time and I’m confident that this massive fence will remain true and square.
I loosely followed a plan published by Rob Brown from Canadian Woodworking on the fence.

Routing through the 1 3/4” solid maple top to install the insert plate was hard as hell, but it came out great.
I may add a few drawers down the road, and the blue paint matches all the rest of my shop made equipment.
But for now, I’m very happy with how it turned out and I expect to get a lot of use from it.
It takes up a lot of real-estate in my shop. but I think it’ll be worth it.

I took a bunch of process pictures and will add some below.

I hope you like it.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.

It all starts with a BIG flat, square top.

And LOTS of lumber.

The legs are all 2×6 glued, screwed, and nailed lamentations.
Routing out the insert plate hole through that THICK maple top was quite a chore…

Progress being made slow but sure.

Working on getting all the base components together and starting assembly.

The legs are a little over-built, but better too strong then not strong enough.
(The guy in the picture is my electrician friend Donnie who is adding a bunch of electrical capacity to my shop…thank you Donnie)

All the base lumber was 2×12 and 2×10 well seasoned.

I took my time on the fence because I wanted it perfectly straight and square, along with it being extra large.
The fence was a large base, rabbeted sub-face, tall split face, with blocking and glued and screwed.

When I finally had all the parts cut, holes drilled, glue points marked, and a clear space to work, I got out EVERY small clamp I could find…haha

I was VERY happy when I took the fence out of the clamps and after checking it with every measuring device I own, it was as straight and square as I could have hoped for.
I won’t lie and say there wasn’t a little bit of luck involved with that job…
Everything started to come together.

Add a paint job to match the rest of my shop made machines, and presto, another member of the shop family.
(Maybe some drawers down the road for bits and wrenches and stuff, but we’ll see.)

-- Eric, central Florida

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#1 posted 09-18-2016 11:51 PM

Now that IS a router table! Nice Job!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-18-2016 11:57 PM

Nice job. Look like a tank.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Paul M

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 12:02 AM

Good thinking and planning. Up here in New England a lot of the old factory benches, carts, and floors made of hard maple. Not to mention the giant gears in some of the water run grist mills.

Anything you can make yourself is a plus and can be the way you want it.

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#4 posted 09-19-2016 12:09 AM

Great blog on how you did it Wrecker & excellent result.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 12:17 AM

Wow, that’s a brute, and a beaut as well!! Too big for my shops but fits your shop, especially with your outdoor annex. Do you have any dust collection provision?..........or you just into throwing sawdust around….....(-:

Just finishing up a new drill press table, and fence. The old one wasn’t quite robust enough. Then I will make a new mobile mount for it as well.

Looks pretty nice out there. We are into rain in Anchorage, and it is starting up in La Conner as well. La Conner has a dry July and August.

Enjoy the new table!!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 09-19-2016 12:30 AM

Very Flash…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 09-19-2016 12:41 AM

Big, strong heavy duty and even nice looking all in one !
Sounds like you need it for some big upcoming projects .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 09-19-2016 01:06 AM

Wow…that looks great. Wish mine had a big surface like you put together. Have to ask – any idea of how many hours invested? Sure it will be time well spent!

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 09-19-2016 02:39 AM

Very nice router cabinet. That looks just like the D handle Makita i have. Very good router. that should serve you well!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 09-19-2016 04:15 AM

That is heavy duty. Love the design. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 09-19-2016 09:10 AM

First you shop is very well organized and beautiful. The table is real proffessionaly done. I like the colour.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 09-19-2016 11:57 AM

I really like this approach. I have to be honest, it makes me irrationally insane when I see people build enclosed router tables/cabinets. I’m a big guy with big hands (unlike Donald Trump) and the thought of having to shove my body into a cabinet to jimmy with the router is rage inducing. You’re design, however, is fantastic and perfect for a big guy like me.


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#13 posted 09-19-2016 06:20 PM

This router table is super nice. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#14 posted 09-19-2016 10:11 PM

WoW! Just WOW!! That is a great router table, but the work that you put into photographing and publishing for folks to see/understand what you did is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#15 posted 09-19-2016 11:43 PM

I think Kreg had better watch out! the competion is about to overrun them!

Now a question,
what is the tool with all the holes in it

-- Regards Robert

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