|Project by Vrtigo1||posted 08-22-2010 11:28 PM||2170 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
This is my first router table, which I’ve been working on for the past month or so. The case is made from 3/4 oak veneer ply, the face frame and doors are red oak, as is the trim for the top. The top itself is two layers of 3/4 MDF contact cemented together covered with white formica. The fence is 3/4 MDF as well, although I might replace it down the line with an oak fence, just for aesthetic consistency. Everything was assembled using pocket screws with the exception of a few brads through the face of the trim boards on the top. It’s on casters to allow for easily moving it around, since my shop is kind of small. The router plate is a JessEm, and I’m pretty happy with it (see my review).
This was my first real FWW project, and I’m happy with the way it came out. There were a lot of firsts in this project for me (raised panel doors, laminate, t-track, etc). I built a little MDF box behind the opening in the fence where the bit sticks up, and attached a shopvac connector. Dust collection at the fence is pretty good, although I still need to build a box around the router inside the cabinet and add a dust fitting there to keep everything inside the cabinet from getting dusty.
I looked at a lot of RT plans online and here on LJ’s, but instead of doing the traditional RT with a bunch of drawers for bit storage, etc, I decided to keep it simple because all of those plans were a bit intimidating. One thing that a lot of RT plans that I looked at were missing was material cost, so I thought I’d include that in mine.
I don’t have an exact list, but from memory, there are rough approximations:
-1 sheet 3/4 oak veneer ply $45
-3/4 red oak, didn’t keep exact totals, but I’d estimate there’s probably about 12-14 bf
-JessEm RT plate approx $50
-Hinges 2 pair at $6/pr
-Door pull 2 at $3.50 ea
-Stain & poly ~$15
-Formica 1 sheet at approx $45
-MDF – not sure how much I used, since I used scraps, but I’d say 1 sheet should be plenty $40
-Locking casters 4 at $4.00 ea
-T-track 3/4×36” section at approx $20
-T-knobs 2 at $1.50 ea
-Glue, misc fasteners, etc approx $10-15
So, that puts the material cost somewhere around the $250 mark, minus the oak