Router Table NYW

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Project by TheChucker posted 05-28-2010 03:12 AM 5445 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed my Norm Abram router table the other day. In the past I’ve used a router table built into the wing of my table saw, and while certainly adequate, it can’t compare to a dedicated router station. I was able to run a few boards through it and it was extremely solid and produced excellent results.

The router table is made primarily from maple, with the top and drawer fronts constructed from laminated MDF. The laminate produces a great surface on top that is quite durable and real slick. In total, I used about a 4×4 sheet of laminate for the whole project. There are six router bit drawers that are nowhere near full, and four full drawers for all kinds of accessories. This thing has a ton or room for all of my router accessories which is great.

The router table sits on 4 5” locking casters that make it very easy to roll around my paver floor, and when locked, it is very stable. There is a dual router dust port in back that connects both under the cabinet and to the fence which leaves very little sawdust.

Finally, I topped it off with a Triton 2 1/4 hp router. It’s great because I can adjust the height from above the table with the included crank, and I can change bits above the table too.

Overall, very pleased with the router table. I can’t believe I waited this long to finally build one, I didn’t know what I was missing.

-- Wherever you go, there you are.

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Scott Burnette

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#1 posted 05-28-2010 03:16 AM

Nice job! Makes want to build one and I don’t own a router yet!

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#2 posted 05-28-2010 03:16 AM

Great job! Also…I am having a hard time finding laminate sheets…where did you source yours?

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#3 posted 05-28-2010 03:35 AM

Ralphie, I searched a bunch of Home Depot’s in my area and found several sheets in stock at one of the larger ones. They had a rack of about 6 – 8 different colors near the kitchen area. I got the plain white color, and I think it was about $40 for a 4×8 sheet.

-- Wherever you go, there you are.

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#4 posted 05-28-2010 03:38 AM

Norm couldnt have done better himself!
Great table

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#5 posted 05-28-2010 05:54 AM

Norm would be jealous very nice work

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 06:01 AM

Very nice router table. You have incorporated many nice features and you’ll love using it. I like the clear door in front . How does that little orange plastic guard work?

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

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#7 posted 05-28-2010 07:11 AM

Great job, guy. Norm is grinning from ear to ear.

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#8 posted 05-28-2010 02:32 PM

Looking good! Now, all you have to do is fill the router bit drawers. Then… will have to make a storage cabinet for more router bits and show us pictures in the projects section.

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#9 posted 05-28-2010 03:45 PM

Thanks for the comments. Jim, the orange plastic guard came off of a Rockler router table fence I had. It’s a bit guard that is supposed to keep you from contacting the router bit. It doesn’t work too well in this case since it’s about 3” or so above the bit, so I might just ditch it or build one that sits closer to the bit.

-- Wherever you go, there you are.

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#10 posted 05-28-2010 03:55 PM

Looks great, the switch on the front is a very good idea.

-- Mike

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#11 posted 05-28-2010 09:58 PM

I envy you, sir! My hope is to build one for myself in the not-too-distant future. Well done!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#12 posted 05-29-2010 04:40 AM

Nicely done. This one is one my “to do” list.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 05-29-2010 07:16 AM

A most excellent norm!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 02-08-2013 08:56 PM

Now that you’ve had this design for a while, how do you like it? The two biggest concerns that I have with building a new table like this are a better fence adjustment system (that POSITIVELY locks and is easily micro adjustable when dialing it in) and whether to mess with the DC under the table (and even the center door).

I watched a video recently expressing an opinion that the lower DC isn’t necessary and I have to say I think he’s right. It seems that 90+ percent of my dust is above the table and the only reason I have 10% below was from when I had a clog or forgot to open the gate.

Any other changes you’d make?

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