|Project by jaspr||posted 09-26-2007 10:17 AM||33445 views||16 times favorited||14 comments|
Having scared myself trying to use a very powerful router hand held, I decided I needed a router table. Best thing I ever did!!
I make most of my workshop equipment out of plywood. I decided to keep it simple and not use a router insert, just a hole though a hefty table top. Again, this plan came from Woodsmith Magazine, but I modified it. I don’t like cupboards down low – I think I’m getting too old for that. So I changed it by adding drawers below.
The table is built in two sections. The rolling base with locking castors and drawers and the lift off top section with the table top supporting the router. I included a separate safety switch and an exhaust port for a 4” dust extractor. I think the idea is that this makes it semi portable, but I have to say I never have done that.
The router is one of the 3 1/4 hp Tritons. Because it has the capacity to lift the collet up right through the table top for above table bit changing, I fixed it in with screws. It’s not designed to come out easily. Also to adjust the height of the bit, I just reach down under the table and turn the big height adjustment knob (or the fine adjuster, if that’s what’s needed.)
Also I don’t need a router lifter, because of these features of the Triton. I should probably explain though that I made the table height a bit higher than what I see on other router tables. The bit is at mid chest level – ergonomically very comfortable to use. And no real bending required!
The table top is just plywood with melamine both sides. I use a number of different pivoting fences with it and it works terrifically. I don’t know how I once managed without a router table.