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Project by lightweightladylefty posted 06-11-2010 02:08 AM 15760 views 51 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have been remodeling the shop for months now. We have recycled University of Wisconsin lab cabinets for workbenches. One group of cabinets was used for a tablesaw outfeed bench and the others were installed along the wall for 18 feet of bench.

To make room for the benches, we dismantled our make-shift horizontal router table and decided to make one that we could install in the center of the bench along the wall. I wanted it to be removeable if we needed to use the length of the bench for a large (long) project.

This router table was made entirely from scraps and hardware which was laying around the shop – resized 2×4s, plywood, pine (with a big knot by the door pull), oak, MDF, laminate, plastic for mounting plate, hinges, threaded rod, nuts, t-track, knobs, threaded inserts, and bolts. MLCS sells a similar one for $189.95. I guess I saved a little money!

I looked at pictures of router tables and downloaded a couple SketchUp files, then readjusted them to fit our needs. The cabinet below with slide-out shelf will store the table when not in use. (The doors for the cabinet below are made but I ran out of varnish so I didn’t get them installed.)

I originally designed it to be used with a Bosch router, but determined it would be better with the larger 3¼ HP Porter Cable. That made it necessary to redesign parts to fit the large handles of the PC. And it made it awfully heavy so I need my husband’s assistance to take it in and out.

We haven’t put it to use yet, but hope to do so soon. We’ve already decided that we should change the design of the lift handle to make it fit the storage area better. Maybe you have other ideas on how it can be improved. Thanks for taking a look.

Update: Here’s another horizontal router table from which you might want to incorporate some ideas.

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-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.





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JJohnston

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 02:13 AM

Excellent! With this, I think the guillotine-style horizontal rig is within my skill level. Favorited for shameless copycatism later!

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 02:37 AM

I like it I like it alot…..........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 02:43 AM

Excellent router table.

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 02:54 AM

Very nice job. What is the advantage of having it horizontal?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 02:57 AM

Great job. I’ve looked at these designs, and I like what you’ve done. If I had the space, it would be next on my project list.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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lightweightladylefty

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 03:31 AM

Thanks, guys, for all the encouragement. Topamax, we use the horizontal table with large router bits (long, but not large circumference) to make moldings, etc. (any time it would require running the lumber on edge through a regular router table). I also prefer to use a vertical raised panel bit in the horizontal table but it can only be used for straight cuts, not for arched panels. We don’t have a shaper. It seems like a safer method for a wimp like me!

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask – not that I can answer them! ;-) I’m willing to share any additional information if anyone wishes to copy it. Just send me a PM.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 03:44 AM

Very nice work.
Do you have vibration issue with that router mounted horizontally?

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lightweightladylefty

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#8 posted 06-11-2010 03:58 AM

Woodworm,

We haven’t run the router through a workout yet, but we did run it to see if the dust collection worked satisfactorily and if the table would vibrate. Even without the table fastened to the main cabinet, there was no vibration issue at top speed. (We have since fastened the table to the cabinet.) Our previous make-shift horizontal table set-up never caused any vibration issues but we were using a considerably lighter router. It does seem, however, that this PC router runs extremely smoothly with a gentle, soft start and no major jerk. We are hopeful this will be the case when routing dense, hardwoods with such big bits. I am accustomed to taking tiny bites in each pass so I think vibration will not be an issue.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 06-11-2010 04:09 AM

Thanks. I don’t do that kind of stuff, but it makes sense not to turn lumber on edge to route it:-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 06-11-2010 05:56 AM

NICE! Great work, that’s an awesome router table. Out of scrap to, way cool! I need you guys to come get my shop organized.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#11 posted 06-11-2010 06:37 AM

I have the MCLS, and love it, but it would have been nicer to build my own. Good job.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#12 posted 06-11-2010 07:02 AM

Wow! Your encouragement is great! I guess that’s why we all like this site. It really gives us a boost!

Les, We’d love to have a shop like yours to organize. Just move it here and we’ll get busy right away! ;-)

Pete, I sure wish I could have seen the real thing in person. Glad to hear you love it. I’m sure this one will be considerably better than our previous one and we put up with it for years . . . no easy lift mechanism. I had to unscrew four small T-knobs and then tap the edge of the face plate with a hammer to move it up and down, but it helped me make a lot of baseboard and picture frame moldings and many raised panels.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 06-11-2010 12:28 PM

grand! I’ve been eying the MLCS and the Woodhaven, and am trying to justify having a horizontal approach added to my arsenal..fantastic you built one for yourself. Grand Job

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#14 posted 06-11-2010 06:54 PM

Great job on the router table. I like the design

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#15 posted 06-14-2010 06:11 AM

Thanks to all for your interest in this project. If there are enough people interested in my SketchUp file, I will go to the library and upload it to box.net. (It’s too large to upload it from home on dial-up.) Just let me know if you’re interested.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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