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Project by mikedddd posted 05-22-2010 07:28 PM 3685 views 17 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this router table a couple of years ago now, last winter I added a Woodpecker router lift and a Porter Cable 7518. Just recently I decide to build a door for the front since I had no need to work under the table any more. I seen an article in a recent issue of Fine Woodworking where they use a router jig to make some neat looking lattice (#211 I think). I decided that would look good in my router table. The router table has a built in mobile base, the cabinet is built out of 3/4” MDF, the drawers are made out of 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood with Western Birch for drawer fronts and trim, the grill on the door is made out of a left over piece of Purple heart, the table top is two pieces of 3/4” MDF glued and screwed with a Veritas fence. This thing is rock solid and a pleasure to use. Thanks for looking.

-- Mike





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#1 posted 05-22-2010 07:34 PM

I have GOT to make myself one of these! Seeing all those router bits organized in drawers looks so nice! Well done!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 05-22-2010 07:40 PM

very nice job I like that lattice looks cool

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#3 posted 05-22-2010 07:41 PM

Super rendition! Gotta love the matching grain on the drawer fronts.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 05-22-2010 07:54 PM

that is really nice Mike

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#5 posted 05-22-2010 08:37 PM

That’s really slick. Nice router table and well designed.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#6 posted 05-22-2010 08:39 PM

Greetings Mike, Stellar job on the router table. I always like wood grain that matches. You really stepped up to the plate on this one. I really like classy shop furniture… that’s how I try to build mine.

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#7 posted 05-22-2010 09:08 PM

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#8 posted 05-22-2010 11:07 PM

Really great job. Like the bit storage!!

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 02:53 AM

Outstanding cabinet/table for the shop!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 05-23-2010 03:25 AM

Looks like nice funiture, well done a fine tool that should last a long time

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#11 posted 05-23-2010 12:24 PM

I agree with Jim., that’s shop FURNITURE

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#12 posted 05-23-2010 04:26 PM

Great looking router center. How did you set up the radius jig for making the curved lattice?

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 05-23-2010 07:20 PM

Thanks for having a look and the coments,

The bit starage trays are removable, I can store fourteen 1/2” bits in one tray,

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-- Mike

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#14 posted 05-23-2010 07:43 PM

Bluepine38, This is for sure one of the easiest jigs I’ve ever built and used, all you need is a couple of pieces of plywood. I took the base plate off of my router and used it to mark out the holes on some 3/8” plywood and marked out a hole for the bit, in my picture you can see I have extra holes to mount the router, thats because at first I had the handle of the router lined up with the plywood, but then realized it had to be turned a little to be able to use all the holes. Then I drilled holes every inch all the way down th 3/8” plywood. I used a piece of half inch plywood with a roofing nail drove through from the bottom for a pivot point. Then with finishing nails you nail some scraps that are the same thickness as your panel down around the outside to hold it in place for routing, I also nail down the pivot point. Then you just keep moving your jig to another hole on the pivot point. Check before each pass to make sure your not going to run into a nail. Then just flip it over and do the same from the other side, your bit will need to be set more than half the thickness of your material to get the lattice effect. Here are some pictures.
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http://www.finewoodworking.com/ProjectsAndDesign/ProjectsAndDesignPDF.aspx?id=33324

Here is a link to the article online, but I think you have to be a Fine Woodworking member to download it.

-- Mike

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#15 posted 05-23-2010 07:48 PM

Excellent job! That’s a mighty fine looking router cabinet. Love the lattice door. Thanks for sharing.

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