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Project by John Fleming posted 1508 days ago 6236 views 14 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just recently finished my new Router Table as a project for my Fine Woodworking Class at Palomar College.

Since I roamed this site to find out how to build my new router table I wanted to show my finished table and list the table specs.

The table is based on the Norm Abrams Ultimate Router Table, but i modified the plans to fit my needs. Since I will use the table as my Table Saw outfeed table it is a bit large. (I am learning about space usage)

The table is made from 3/4 baltic birch and mahogany. I used dado/rabbit joints for the carcase and pocket screws for the face frame. Biscuts were used to attach the face frame and fence. the top is 1 1/2 inch MDF with laminate on both sides with a 3/4 by 1 1/2 inch mahogany trim mitered to the MDF. The fence is 1 1/2 inch mahogany attached to 3/4 inch baltic birch with baltic birch angle supports.

the two tall drawers were made for the router bits and the two bottom for Router storage. The door access is mahogany with mortise and tennon. The router plate is Incra and the router is the Triton 2 1/4 hp model. I will add a moveable support that will raise the table to about 35 inches.

I think I have about $230 in lumber, and $150 in hardware and dust collection, the plate cost me $80 and the plate templete $11 (best thing I bought). The router was $200 for a total cost of about $650 give or take a few dollars. I have more hours than I care to say, but since it was a class project I had the time. Class meets 16 times for 8 hours with lecture for about 3 hours a day average.

I was able to build this instead of a piece fo furniture becase I treated it like a piece of furniture. Doing flush door and drawers was the hardest part but I learned a lot. I have to admit it looks great with flush, but …..

-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA





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thatwoodworkingguy

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#1 posted 1508 days ago

Outstanding router table. Its nice shop furniture to!

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1508 days ago

Looks great John

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 1508 days ago

Hi John,
Very nice!!!!! A man after my own heart. I love it and you will love using it. You have certainly incorporated the best in that table. I like the sturdy fence and the dual port dust collection. You could use that in your bedroom and not make a mess!!! It is a nice piece of furniture also. Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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DrewM

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#4 posted 1508 days ago

Fantastic router table. I’m sure it will be a great addition to your shop.

-- Drew, Delaware

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 1508 days ago

I’d be afraid to use it….much too pretty! :-)

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

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donjoe

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#6 posted 1508 days ago

Great looking router table John. I agree with Charlie, too pretty to use.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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Mary Anne

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#7 posted 1508 days ago

That is one gorgeous router table! Only good things can come off that.

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Stevinmarin

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#8 posted 1508 days ago

Damn dude, that IS a piece of furniture! Nice work. I’d be afraid to use it and consider using it in the house somehow!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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MShort

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#9 posted 1508 days ago

Is there a cadillac logo on there somewhere?? You sure built a dandy of a table.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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OttoH

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#10 posted 1508 days ago

Great router table, I agree with all the others that it is much too good looking for a workshop!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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psh

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#11 posted 1508 days ago

Excellent!

-- Peter, Central VA

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mikedddd

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#12 posted 1508 days ago

John: That is a sweet looking router table.

-- Mike

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#13 posted 1508 days ago

Really, really nice router cabinet. A shop fixture should be like a piece of furniture becaause…after all we are all woodworkers here and anything less is not good

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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sras

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#14 posted 1508 days ago

It’s perfect! Someday I’ll build one of these – I can only hope it is this nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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live4ever

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#15 posted 1508 days ago

John, this router table is no joke!! Amazing job – I’ll be thrilled if I am able to build anything this nice in my life!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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