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Project by CyBorge posted 04-14-2010 07:10 AM 7158 views 28 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have determined that South Dakota winters are not conducive to woodworking in an unheated garage. Figured that one out all on my own, I did. Now that it’s finally warming up, hopefully I can start getting some projects done! First up: a router table.

I had serious doubts about my ability to ensure a flat surface and nice, straight fence, so I went ahead and bought a premade kit from Rockler. My original intention was to build one of those really cool looking Norm Abram specials to mount everything to. Then my limited floor space situation slapped me upside the head and told me to simply build a basic frame and attach the top. The thought was that I could keep it hung on a wall most of the time, then pull it out and clamp it to an existing table when i need to use it. That is still my plan, but due to sheer size and weight it turned out to be nowhere near as portable as I had hoped. It will likely be replaced somewhere down the road, but it will work for a while as long as I can physically manage it.

The entire frame is simply held together with screws. Some of the screws supporting the most weight may need to be replaced with bolts before it can be safely hung from a single stretcher. The table is attached to the base by so-called tabletop fasteners. The ones I used came from Rockler, but it looks like you can get them significantly cheaper (and in higher quantities) from other places like McFeely's. Cutting the grooves for the fasteners to slip into was something of adventure (see the burn marks?) the way I did it, but it should be a whole lot easier next time now that I have a router table to use. I have heard a biscuit cutter works well too, so I might try that when mine gets here.

For power, I used a Rockler safety power tool switch with a large “stop” paddle that so many others seem to use. Looks like it’s actually on sale at the moment. :-) I still need to decide how to attach the cords to keep them generally out of the way, but this switch seems to work great. It feels a whole lot more heavy-duty than expected. I did have to scrounge up a couple of screws to mount it with because the ones it came with aren’t intended for wood.

Speaking of screws, the tabletop or one of its accessories came with a bag of nine screws (see attached picture). Nothing seems to be missing from my assembly, so I can’t figure out what these are for. Any ideas? Are they for a stand I didn’t purchase? Nine is an unusual number.

-- "How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?"





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Salty

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 08:06 AM

Very nice table and stand. I want one!

-c

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 04-14-2010 10:46 AM

Great table, needs some saw dust around it quick!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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deucefour

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 12:11 PM

I wonder if those screws could be for mounting a router that may require different screws to mount it to the table?
Nice work by the way, i’m using a borrowed one now but I see one in my future!

Robert

-- "I gotta have more cowbell"--------Bruce Dickinson

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michelletwo

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 01:32 PM

Very very nice. I need to make one like it I can use inside in winter. I need to be able to hang it too, and then put some kind of foot on it to hiold it steady in my vise. After you use it awhile, see how the noise & chips fly out from under & let us know the way you decided to close in the base!!!!! I sure would, screaming routers drive me crazy. Again great little mini table

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

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joeob

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#5 posted 04-14-2010 03:10 PM

I like the table and the stand very much! well done.

Joe.

-- To finish something you must first start!

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CyBorge

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#6 posted 04-14-2010 04:48 PM

I actually cleaned some sawdust off the table shortly before taking the pictures. :-) It may look less…authentic this way, but I much prefer cleaner pictures so the details (not to mention flaws!) show better.

The fence has a dust port on the back, so that should help with the dust—until I do something like dadoes. Not so much for noise, though. It would be pretty easy to attach some plywood or panel sides with maybe an extra dust port in the back, and maybe some type of door in front to allow access to the router as needed, though at this point it’s heavy enough that I’m hesitant about adding further mass.

-- "How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?"

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AzChiefFan

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#7 posted 04-14-2010 07:56 PM

Great table, the massive storage chest router tables are nice but for those of us with limited space designs like this are essential. Great job!!!

-- AzChiefFan "Measure Once, Curse Twice"

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Budgie

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#8 posted 04-17-2010 05:16 AM

Nice top and fence system. That is diffently a plus to the shop.

-- Bud, Central Square, NY, http://thepostnbeam.blogspot.com/

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bigike

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#9 posted 04-18-2010 02:00 AM

nice little router set up!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 05-08-2010 06:31 PM

Very nice size router table and sweet construction : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Ch_Bronson

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#11 posted 08-16-2012 04:51 PM

nice table, i would like to buid 1 like that…

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