Yet another router table

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 04-29-2017 08:37 PM 1049 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had this Rockler top on a folding metal stand for years, but I no longer break it down and hang it up and I only use this 3 HP Porter Cable plunge router under the table, so I decided to make the setup more permanent. Also, after doing raised panels for the first time recently, I had problems with the stand wanting to tip and massive amounts of debris came through the wide open plate hole, so I knew the time was right.

Carcass is 3/4 oak (or hickory?? it came from a shuttered millwork shop) veneered plywood assembled with dados and rabbets (inner partitions are set in with pocket screws). The front edges were banded with 1/2” strips of oak, secured with glue and brads. I decided to have all the drawers stand proud ~3/16” and rounded over their edges.

The bit shelves are made by boring through holes in 3/4 CDX scrap and then mounting onto a 1/8 HDPE plates which slide on 1/4” plywood glued to the side walls. Solid oak fronts are attached with glue and pocket hole screws.

The bottom drawer is installed with full extension slides. Thanks to fellow LJ Marty, who looked at the solid model of my design and advised me not to have 3 smaller drawers… Thanks Marty! Your were definitely right.

I hinged the top for easier access for bit changes with cut off piano hinges leftovers, and secured the front with articulated cam panel patches from SOUTHCO.

Finish is one coat of Watco Danish oil (with Cherry tint). When it’s fully cured, I’ll put some wax over it.

The paddle switch was on sale for $20 from Rockler so I splurged.

I’m a big pack rat, and the only other $ spent was $25 for the second hand oak plywood.

I have two fixed casters and two swivel casters underneath and though they are non-locking, the setup is so heavy that the wheels press into the rubber floor mat and don’t want to go anywhere without a solid push. I’ll used a beveled board for wheel chocks next time I do raised panels.

Thanks for looking.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#1 posted 04-29-2017 08:45 PM

Very nice. Anyone would be proud of that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-29-2017 08:59 PM

Fantastic work. It looks very professional.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 04-29-2017 09:10 PM

One might wonder why the knobs are mismatched….

I got these sample boards from a millwork shop that closed down.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 04-29-2017 09:29 PM

Here are some build pics

Gluing up the carcass

Hand screws came in handy several times. Here they made a fence to prevent the partitions from shifting when pocket hole screws.

Here’s some detail on the bit sheves.

My clamps weren’t deep enough so I used wedges to hold the wall ledges tight while the glue cured.

Bottom drawer is made on 1/2” particle board with oak banding on the plywood front.

I’ve never used full extension hinges before and they were a breeze to install. The soft close hangs up a little, but I didn’t want to fuss with shimming the hinges to eliminate the ever so slight binding.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#5 posted 04-29-2017 10:22 PM

Oh wow Matt! That is absolutely freaking awesome! Really impressed!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 04-29-2017 10:38 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys.

Here’s a shot of the old setup. I used to pull the router and fold up the stand and hang the table from the wall, but haven’t had wall space in the shop to do that in a long time. The stand was solid, but the legs had a fairly narrow stance and it was tippy when pushed too hard.

And the mess after making one raised panel cut…

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 04-29-2017 11:02 PM

That is one fine Router table, detailed design,expert workmanship I like it!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 04-30-2017 12:13 AM

That is a great router cabinet Matt. You will enjoy it and be looking for excuses to use it. Good job !!!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#9 posted 04-30-2017 01:15 AM

nothing wrong with another router table when its done as well as this one.nice work maniac!

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

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#10 posted 04-30-2017 01:49 AM

Nice work. I like you recycled those display knobs. And people wonder why I scavenge stuff and stash it. LOL.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 04-30-2017 03:20 AM

Beautiful work, Matt

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#12 posted 04-30-2017 07:38 AM

a very nice router table and very well done !!!!!

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

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#13 posted 04-30-2017 06:46 PM

This is a very nice router table and beautifully done. It will be a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#14 posted 04-30-2017 08:04 PM

I like everything about it Matt. That beast of a router will eat about everything. I particularly like the plexi front w/holes for air circulation. The drawers holding the bits work simply with that 1/4” bottom that becomes the bottom and the drawer slide too. Gr8 build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Mainiac Matt

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#15 posted 04-30-2017 08:19 PM


I selected the number and size of holes (ten at 1.25” dia.) so that their was roughly the same size air inlet as the one 4” diameter DC hook up. A lot of people don’t realize that you have to move air in order to entrain dust and chips in the air stream.

You can’t move air by sucking on a sealed box.

I can alway cover some of the holes in the door if I don’t think it’s pulling from the router bit hole enough. But this made sense for a good starting point.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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