No cost router table

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Project by CanalboatJim posted 02-07-2010 07:22 PM 2135 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend recently gave me an old router table plate. Before buying an expensive router table, I thought I would give this a try. I had never gotten around to routing a miter slot in my extension table, so i decided to inset the plate in it. The fence is mdf. It has a high and low side and is varnished to make it smoother. I cut off the end of a crevice tool to give me a tapered fitting for dust collection.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out. The top is large enough to support material well and the dust collection is super. I can take the whole thing down when not needed. Best of all I have 0 dollars invested in it.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 07:26 PM

Very interesting! I’d like to see your dust collection done with a crevice tool?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 07:31 PM

nice work, it’s better when u don’t have to spend money for shop stuff

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 08:48 PM

This is good. I’m hoping to something similar, only I don’t have the FREE plate! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 02-07-2010 08:52 PM

Nice work Jim. I think you were smart to build a high fence. It will expand your routing options.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 09:19 PM

That looks great. You’ll wonder how you ever did without it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Larry

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 09:29 PM

A unique place to put your router .

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 02-07-2010 09:34 PM

John, If you look at picture two you can see where the hose comes out of the box. The hole is 1 1/2”. Before I glued the box, I put the crevice tool into the hole to determine where to cut it. Once glued into place the hose attaches just as you would attach a brush or crevice tool with a pressure fit.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 10:18 PM

neay idea.

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#9 posted 02-07-2010 11:01 PM

It is great that an olr router plate got you started. Nice job.
I have an old router plate sitting somewhere in my shop from a Bosch router table. Anyone need a free router plate?

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#10 posted 02-07-2010 11:33 PM

Nice work.
The two sided fence is freakin’ brilliant.
There’s enough room on the back side of the tall end to overhang a panel sled guide, if you so choose.

Also, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t cut the miter slots for the saw. If you were worried about them getting in the way when using the router (I don’t think they would), you could always cut some mdf inserts for the slots, and hold them down with small screws.

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#11 posted 02-08-2010 01:44 AM

Great idea. I just might have to try and make something like that.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 02-08-2010 04:19 AM

Nicley done and the price is fantastic.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 02-08-2010 04:50 PM

Only thing better than low cost is no cost. Looks great.

If you have an empty outfeed table that would be a great place for a router table.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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