Router Table

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Project by D1st posted 03-26-2010 06:35 AM 3599 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my router table that I have been working on. I havent made the doors yet. But I will get to that. It is so nice to have a router table. It makes quick and smooth work of some projects. I just made a fence for it as well and recently installed a miter/t-track. Not bad and they both work great.

The top I saved from a countertop I installed for a customer. I made the face frame out of pine. I cut 2×4’s down to size and they already avialble and free. The fence I made out of 3/4 plywood. I made it two sided as well.


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#1 posted 03-26-2010 11:42 AM

Great job on the table D1. It’s so nice to have a big table top to work on.

I just bought a new, larger table from MLCS than what I did have. It has the same insert as yours so I’m guessing that’s where you got your insert? I had a problem with the two leveling screws on the left turning while in operation, making the plate uneven. It only happens when I’m not using the fence. It might be something to keep an eye on when you aren’t using the fence. A little Loctite fixed the problem.

Again, great job on the table and should last you many years.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 01:06 PM

WOW, that’s fantastic, I’ve always wanted to build my own router table but I’m so busy making things for everyone else I don’t have time for myself. Your router table looks great and I love the idea of using an old counter top.

-- some days are like driving in oncoming traffic

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Rick Boyett

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 02:27 PM

very nice. a good compact design.

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 03:15 PM

Brad I do have that same problem, but it’s just the opposite for me. It happens when I use my fence. Weird ! Like the Locktite idea. Thanks for looking everyone.


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#5 posted 03-26-2010 04:49 PM

Nice job on the router table. /sure makes life easier…I second the idea by DIst about using the locktite. I have a $300 Incra/jessem router lift and had to use the locktite. You would think that for that kind of investment it would not be necessary.

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#6 posted 03-26-2010 07:36 PM

I was wondering how flat it is. I have seen where the laminate makes the substrate curl. Be careful with the loctite, it comes in different flavors- some are very permanent…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 09:01 PM

Nice router table!.
Do you have to lift out the insert to change bits? Or does the router lift up high enough to do it? If you have a router lift in there, make sure the insert is screwed down. I had mine just setting in there on leveling screws and each time I lifted it to change the bits, the plate came up a little bit and saw dust crept under it and it becam too high without me noticing it until it was too late. The leveling screws can creep too so I put the blue vibratite on them to keep them in place.

Also, I did not see a fence mount on there yet. I have a couple suggestions there. You could put in two T-slot tracks going front to back with T-nuts in them for hold down bolts. Or you could put in a pivot on one side and clamp the fence down with a clamp on the other side. I did this for years and it was pretty good until I made a new table with the T channels.
You’ll find it very handy for your projects…........... Enjoy!

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

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#8 posted 03-27-2010 12:15 AM

The laminate is pretty adherent to the double mdf and thats even after winter in my non climate controlled shop. Nice and flat surface. Im thinking I probably wont do the loctite for now. In the future I want to get a better insert. Maybe one made of aluminum or something less flexible.

I dont have a lift on the table. I usually just pull the router out from underneath. It takes 2 seconds so its not a big deal yet. My fence that I made is just clamped onto the sides. I ran a 1×2 on each side of the table for my clamps to attach to. I use my speed square to dial it in. In the future I will be getting a more precision fence.

I did this for a cheaper version for now. $$$$$$$ Wish it grew on trees. Just think of the nice wood a money tree would have. The rich grain. lol


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#9 posted 03-27-2010 02:16 AM

Nice job. Sure to get plenty of use from this one.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 03-28-2010 06:03 AM

Nice job. I so need a good Router table. Oh well, working on restoring my Bandsaw first. One thing at a time.

-- Kelly -- Common Sense, Isn't Common to Everyone. - Me

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#11 posted 02-21-2012 01:30 PM

That looks great, maybe someday I’ll make one out of a piece of countertop. I really need to add a miter track to mine. Awesome work.

-- New to ww, build frames for my paintings,

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