|Project by JohnMcClure||posted 03-31-2017 11:20 PM||603 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
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.