My first router table....

  • Advertise with us
Project by lilredweldingrod posted 1624 days ago 3160 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The only place I could find room for the router was under the bench. Since this is my first try, I used as much scrap material for all the R&D. I still have to add a couple of features and work with them. Then I will make a permanent unit mounted under the bench.

I welded up some slides and a locking mechanism to make it solid when I’m routing. The melamine for the table is one and a half inches thick, 34 inches long and 23 and a half inches wide. I have room for the fence with no problems.

Well this is where I am at today.
No.1…Cutting my first dado with my new router setup.
No.2…Router and lift installed and working on a fence.
No.3…Working on my second fence.
No.4…ready to slide back under the bench.
No.5…Router and lift installed with first fence.
No.6…Miter track and miter installed.

The next is the dust box underneath the table and the dust control. I still need to make a guard for the router bit to keep my hands out of trouble.

Any suggestions or critics are welcome. Thanks for looking. Rand

17 comments so far

View mikethetermite's profile


417 posts in 1868 days

#1 posted 1624 days ago

Nice, it is going to be one big router table!!! Like your dog, what kind is it?

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13337 posts in 2275 days

#2 posted 1624 days ago

Great start!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

View patron's profile


12964 posts in 1943 days

#3 posted 1624 days ago

thats even easier than you let on ,

those are LIGHT beers (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View bigike's profile


4031 posts in 1891 days

#4 posted 1624 days ago

good work i can’t wait to see it done.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

View  Box 's profile


4937 posts in 1911 days

#5 posted 1624 days ago

Definitely a big router table…Very nice and a lot of storage undeerneath. Are you going to mount that 7815 in the lift? I have the 7815 in ine of my router tables and it is a workhorse.

View Gary's profile (online now)


6998 posts in 2035 days

#6 posted 1624 days ago

Nice work, Rand. That’s going to be a good setup

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

View gregb's profile


38 posts in 1892 days

#7 posted 1624 days ago

Everything sounds great! My only suggestion with your removable fence would be to use two pieces of T-track. Run them to the back of the bench so that, when you need to, you can slide the fence off. Just an idea… cant wait to see the finished product

View eddy's profile


926 posts in 1967 days

#8 posted 1624 days ago

rand that looks great when you are done come on over and you can make 1 for me :)
just kidding but i do need a better router table that the 1 i have now post pics wwhen it is done

-- self proclaimed copycat

View ohwoodeye's profile


992 posts in 1756 days

#9 posted 1624 days ago

Looks good.
Quick, someone call animal control, there is a wolf loose in Rand’s shop.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

View lilredweldingrod's profile


2495 posts in 1709 days

#10 posted 1624 days ago

gregb..I’m tossing around the T-track and one that swivels. What ever I do, it has to be flush and not interfer with cutting 8-12 foot stock.

Patron…I love the new self portrait. How did you hold the camera?

Greg the WhoDat…Yes, I am gong to use the PC and a woodpecker PRL. I wanted the V2 but I’m afraid the little wheel might stick up. Does any one know? Seens to me that it should be flush, but I’ve never seen one except on screen.

ohwoodeye…she’s just a little one and only takes little danty bites.

eddy…I’m loading the truck now and will swing by and pick up the material on my way…...uh I can’t get the chair in, to many tools, too little truck…oh well…

View patron's profile


12964 posts in 1943 days

#11 posted 1623 days ago

watch it there men ,

i lift my leg ,
and my fangs ,

for treats !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View Splinterman's profile


23058 posts in 1964 days

#12 posted 1622 days ago

Excellent concept and engineering skills for multipurpose applications…well done.

View noknot's profile


548 posts in 2044 days

#13 posted 1598 days ago

Sounds like a great plan cant wait to see it complete


View Juansnapon's profile


36 posts in 1552 days

#14 posted 1551 days ago

Hey I like the Makita Lithium Ion drill and impact set in the back ground. Looks like the low profile white version. I have the original green with the 3.0 amp batteries and I love them, of course I worked for Makita for about three years a sales rep. and fell in love. Is that an old door your using for the router table? looks smooth and solid.

-- Juan, Fresno CA.

View lilredweldingrod's profile


2495 posts in 1709 days

#15 posted 1551 days ago

Juan, Actually it used to be a desk top. The dark side is the old top. I laminated the bottom with a maple Formica to seal out the moisture. I liked the lighter side and used it for the top.

I’ve been a fan of Makita and Hitachi for 40 years or better. Rand

showing 1 through 15 of 17 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase