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Project by steliart posted 04-29-2017 02:09 PM 2417 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dust Free Router Table with a Free Lift

Been asked again about my Router Table which also an extension of my Table Saw, so I decided to make a post for it.

The table is basically made out of melamine sheet with an exception of the top that is two ¾ sheets of MDF glued together and laminated with Formica as it is much stronger and almost scratch proof than melamine.

The Router Fence is made like the top but out of a single ¾ MDF sheet. It’s fully adjustable and it mounts with two clamps on my Table Saw Fence.

When I was building this table Dust Extraction was something that puzzled me a lot, as I wanted it to be as dust free as possible. The idea was to extract the dust directly from the source and that’s from under and over the router bit.
Over the bit it was easy and a standard procedure as you can see from the image.
Under the bit my approach was to fit on the router its dust collection accessory and hook that to my outlet from inside/under the table.
I never expected it to be so efficient… I can say it is almost completely dust free, and what escapes is some minor dust underneath it and very little on the top. I would recommend this solution to anyone building a new router table.
Though I will point out that the routers dust extraction accessory limits your bit height so an extension collar is a cheap solution to that.

Then I had the issue with the router lift. My router as you can see is the powerful DeWalt DW625EK plunge Router – 240V and it’s quite heavy to lift by hand. The micro adjustment worked fine (such a slow procedure) but you still needed to lift it up to approximate height before adjusting it.
My solution was either to get a plunge router lift which is not available here, had to import it and it cost so much (shipping it’s a killer) that I didn’t want to spend all that money or find a way around the problem. So I ended up with a cost free solution from my router lift as you can see in the photos. A quick lift with a lever idea and a Fine adjustment with simple bolt and knob… it works like a charm.

So here you have it a dust free router table with a zero cost router lift.
Not fancy but efficient.

Thank you
Stelios (AKA Steliart)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 04-29-2017 02:44 PM

Very clever set up. Great idea using the Formica rather the melamine. I trashed two melamine tops in a year since that was material I had. The Formica one has been on for 2 years now and still looks new.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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steliart

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#2 posted 04-29-2017 02:48 PM



Very clever set up. Great idea using the Formica rather the melamine. I trashed two melamine tops in a year since that was material I had. The Formica one has been on for 2 years now and still looks new.

- doubleDD

doubleDD thanks buddy !!!

I had tried formica on my first multi-tool bench and it lasted for ever so I did use it again and I can say I am also happy with it… you can scrape it, wash it… whatever you want !!! :) :) :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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kiefer

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#3 posted 04-29-2017 03:01 PM

That looks like it works well for you .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#4 posted 04-29-2017 03:21 PM



That looks like it works well for you .

- kiefer


Hey Kiefer Thanks… for now it works fine and I can do what’s needed to be done… in the future there is always place for improvement :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 04-29-2017 03:25 PM

Great set up! I to use Formica for my router table top. It’s the best material and it will last a long time!

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

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#6 posted 04-29-2017 03:36 PM

You did a really nice job on this. It looks like a great router table.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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steliart

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#7 posted 04-29-2017 06:57 PM

Just to clarify that by using the bolt and push knob the router’s fine adjustment was no longer needed so I removed it !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#8 posted 04-29-2017 06:59 PM


Great set up! I to use Formica for my router table top. It s the best material and it will last a long time!

- woodshaver (Tony)


woodshaver (Tony) thank you my friend I 100% agree with you :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#9 posted 04-29-2017 07:04 PM



You did a really nice job on this. It looks like a great router table.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


Hey Charles
Thank you my friend, I’m quite pleased with the table, one thing I haven;t done yet is to decide what to put on it a t-track or a simple track … will see :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#10 posted 04-29-2017 07:30 PM

great looking router table,you cant beat using the saw fence,two for the price of one.your very clever in your designs,nice job buddy.

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

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steliart

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#11 posted 04-29-2017 07:42 PM



great looking router table,you cant beat using the saw fence,two for the price of one.your very clever in your designs,nice job buddy.

- pottz


pottz thank you buddy :) !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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Rick M

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#12 posted 04-30-2017 01:43 AM

Efficient on many levels

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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steliart

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#13 posted 04-30-2017 01:45 AM



Efficient on many levels

- Rick M


Thank you Rick M !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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Mickleblade

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#14 posted 04-30-2017 08:45 AM

have a look at the RouterRaizer, it replaces the fine height adjustment with a lead screw and gives a great fine adjuster usable in the hand and from under the table. Mine cost ~£67 6 years ago and has been flawless. I use a DW625 too.

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steliart

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#15 posted 04-30-2017 05:30 PM



have a look at the RouterRaizer, it replaces the fine height adjustment with a lead screw and gives a great fine adjuster usable in the hand and from under the table. Mine cost ~£67 6 years ago and has been flawless. I use a DW625 too.

- Mickleblade


Mickleblade thanks for the tip !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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