Deluxe Router Table and Fence

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Project by JohnMcClure posted 03-31-2017 11:20 PM 1249 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished my router table.

Dan Phalen’s excellent plans were my starting point, though this has a few differences.
Carcase and internal dividers are 3/4 hardwood ply, with dado joinery. Face frame is 3/4×3/4 red oak, secured together and to the carcase with pocket screws.
The top and insert plate are from Woodpeckers. The router is the cool Triton 3-1/4 hp, chosen for above-table height adjustment.
The fence is also basically Dan Phalen’s design too, with sliding faces, built-in dust collection, and grooved for stop blocks (which I’ve already discovered are extremely handy!

The drawers are made from 1/2” ply. Upper drawers are built without slides, but they are quite smooth and remain stable when fully open. The bottom drawers have Shop Fox slides, which are awesome, full-pull slides.
All the false fronts are 3/4MDF with roundover.

I still need drawer pulls on all the drawers and the center door, and should probably drill some air holes in the plexiglass.

Dust collection inside the cabinet actually hooks up directly to the router base and works great (another good Triton feature). When the fence dust hose cannot be used, I block off that dust port with a PVC cap. The vacuum hose fittings are called “Flex Couplings” from the plumbing section, BTW.

The switch is inexpensive on Amazon. I cut the router’s cord and wired on a short pigtail with a low-profile plug (my poorly chosen outlet location caused a standard plug to interfere with router placement, see photo).
I also made a cleat to wrap the cabinet’s long power cord on when not in use.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#1 posted 04-01-2017 12:49 AM

very nice setup john I think that should serve you well for many years to come.did you consider going with a router lift like jessem or incra?makes changing blades so much easier.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 04-01-2017 01:20 AM

That is a handsome router table

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 04-01-2017 01:37 AM

Looks great! Plenty of storage and adds some cheery color to the shop!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 04-01-2017 04:10 AM

If you were aiming for the appearance of a purchased power too, you did that superbly.
That is just an outstanding project!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 04-01-2017 12:05 PM

Wow! This is a nice router table. There’s plenty of storage and other nice details. I love the red drawer fronts and fence. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 04-01-2017 02:34 PM

It sure caught my eye. Nicely done.

-- We should take the time to woodwork. After all it is our time.

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#7 posted 04-01-2017 02:35 PM

nice project

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#8 posted 04-01-2017 06:26 PM

That looks like a great router table—I’ll bet you get a lot of good use out of it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 04-03-2017 11:33 AM

Just awesome! Colour too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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