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Project by Tinnocker posted 03-09-2010 11:28 AM 4295 views 16 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted to build a router table for the longest time. I actually made a small one out of scrap that fit over the rails of my table saw but it didn’t work very well and was a pain to set up. I use Freecycle as a source of raw material and got this 2 door chest? It has a wonderfully smooth Formica surface and so I decided to turn it into a router table. The fence, miter gauge and rails are made of maple from a dresser top I salvaged. The long “Vise Grips used to secure the fence are from the welding days in my youth. The router insert is birch plywood sacrificed from one of the drawers of the dresser with a piece of Formica I Laminated to the top. So far it does the job! There is lots of storage underneath and I plan to put locking casters underneath it soon.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!





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#1 posted 03-09-2010 01:19 PM

Nice work Ted….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 03:19 PM

That looks pretty user friendly. How well does the shop vac attachment work for the dust collection?

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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Tinnocker

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 03:29 PM

Thanks Dan. Thanks Jason. It is very user friendly! The shop vac attachment works pretty good considering it is an old under powered vac.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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BBHuey

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 06:24 PM

Very nice! The extra safety of the front switch is smartly done!

-- Huey- Denver, CO Active Duty Air Force

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 08:41 PM

real nice table & I like the fact your recycled to make it. Excellent

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Routerisstillmyname

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 09:22 PM

Good Job,
I would recommend rounding over the outfeeed and infeed track edges so that the work won’t catch.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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Skylark53

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 10:33 PM

I like this. Thanks for the great photos. I have in mind of doing the same and your pictures help me a great deal. Good work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Tinnocker

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#8 posted 03-10-2010 12:10 AM

That’s a good idea Routerisstillmyname! Thanks I didn’t think of that. It hasn’t happened yet… but I’m sure that it will. Murphy follows me around like my shadow!
Thanks for all the comments guys!

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 12:25 AM

very cool! I like how you made everything yourself, it’s easy to get lost in all the commercially available parts that are available these days like plates, tops and the likes and forget that everything including everything can be shop made.

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

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 02:46 AM

Well done Ted. It’s always a joy to take a shop made fixture into use. Have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 03-10-2010 03:20 AM

Nice job on the router table. Well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#12 posted 03-10-2010 02:18 PM

Good work, I plan on stealing the outboard wire basket idea. Your project should kickstart my table project I’ve been putting off for a year now. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 05-15-2010 08:09 PM

Very nice. I like the shopmade miter gauge.

-- Scouts Out Front!

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#14 posted 09-12-2010 02:43 PM

That’s a real nice router table. Great work!

-- 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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