|Project by Dekker||posted 10-16-2007 12:49 PM||2588 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
This router table was built to be functional, not beautiful. I also wanted it to be CHEAP. I had just bought my router and the project I was working on required it to be table-mounted.
It is made from a single sheet of 3/4” MDF. It is essentially a box formed by butt, rabbet, and dado joints, with a center shelf supported in dado grooves on the sides. The top is a double-thick layer of MDF to prevent it from deforming with the weight. I did this because I was concerned by the “sag” I saw in the MDF when it was a full sheet, but in hindsight, I’m not sure it was entirely necessary. I added a track for a miter gauge on the top. There is even a kick-plate / support below so I can stand right up to the table when I work. I used corner brackets to add stability, and the top is further supported by a beam of MDF located behind where the router is suspended.
The router is held in place by a Freud router plate that I recessed into the top, supported by a ledge all around, but with a hole in the middle where the router hangs down.
The “door” is the only non-MDF material, since I didn’t want the door to weigh 20 lbs. It is held shut by magnets, and it has an additional magnet to hold it in the open position. I store my router bits and associated tools in the enclosed cavity, which helps to keep them dust free.
Being over 6’ tall, I made the table rather tall (I don’t have the measurement handy) so I would not have to lean over so much when I am routing. I may put my tablesaw on wheels someday to bring it to the same height, but that’s a low priority nowadays.
As for functionality, it’s very good. The only complaint I have with it is the router plate is sunk a little too low, probably 1/32”, maybe 1j/16”. Doesn’t sound like much, but as I slide a long board across the router bit, it gets “raised” slightly as it cliimbs the far side. It’s not noticeable to the eye, but it is to my hand, and I’ve been unable to “shim” it correctly to compensate. I may raise the ledge a fraction by using putty all around, and re-routing it, or I might cut strips of paper/tape to size and apply it to the bottom of the router plate to add height where needed. The nice thing about an MDF construction is that it is HEAVY. This adds stability to the table so things don’t bounce around when I’m using it. Of course, this also makes it more difficult to move around the workshop.Cost – Approx $35 + tax
- One 4×8 sheet of MDF $30?
- Angle brackets 6 @ $0.50
- Magnet door holder 2 @ $0.50
- Plywood door – FREE (scrap)
- Door handle – $0.50
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