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Project by Nick posted 08-13-2018 05:44 PM 912 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this router table a while ago using birch plywood that I found at my local home center. The top is a Jessem top and fence that I got on clearance at KMS tools. I had a Jessem flat insert plate in for a while but then switch to the Rout-R-Lift. It works like a dream. Dust collection is just off the fence for now as I’m working on design to draw dust in from under the table. The lift is pretty tight to the top so there’s not much room for a hood under the table.

The lower cabinet is separated into four compartments. One for the router, one for 3 pullout plates with bits on them and one with a simple pullout box for tools. The final one is a big box for all my handheld routers and bases.


I got a Jessem router switch and took it apart so I could insert the switch in the face frame. The rest of the switch box is just screwed in behind it.

Thanks for checking it out

-- My moustache filters wood chips and sawdust out of my scotch - Nick Offerman





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DeLayne Peck

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#1 posted 08-13-2018 08:01 PM

Beautiful planning and execution!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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fivecodys

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#2 posted 08-13-2018 09:41 PM

Looks great!
Let us know what you come up with for your final dust collection solution.

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 08-13-2018 11:33 PM

Nice router table….Actually you don’t see many r.t. with wide doors like that to cover up the drawers and opening for the router compartment….In one respect, doors would be a nuisance, but in another it’s a good way to keep out dust and debris from getting inside the cabinet….Just my $.02…..

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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Nick

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#4 posted 08-14-2018 01:26 AM

Ya, I thought about putting individual drawers and doors on every compartment but I figured I’d be into the tool drawer and the bits at the same time anyway, so it’s all open or all closed. I also use that as an opportunity to vacuum out the router compartment of any stray dust the fence hood doesn’t snag. And this gives a nice clean look. (Plus it was cheap on hardware)

-- My moustache filters wood chips and sawdust out of my scotch - Nick Offerman

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#5 posted 08-14-2018 01:50 AM

Impressive build!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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hjt

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#6 posted 08-14-2018 02:49 AM

SWEET!!!

That’a great build you made. Well thought out and nicely organized.

-- Harold

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Woodchuck2010

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#7 posted 08-14-2018 02:58 AM

Very cool. I have the Jessem also and love it. I have a metal stand and built a cabinet in it with a great 4” dust collection system for it. I have it running to a dust collector. You can find it here:
http://lumberjocks.com/http://lumberjocks.com/projects/261010/261010

Hope it will give you an idea.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Nick

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#8 posted 08-14-2018 03:05 AM

Woodchuck, that’s a slick design. I will definitely have to hit the drawing board for version 2.0

thanks

-- My moustache filters wood chips and sawdust out of my scotch - Nick Offerman

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 08-14-2018 12:56 PM

You did a very nice job on this router table and it will be a nice addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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BigMig

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#10 posted 08-14-2018 03:34 PM

That’s a SUPER workstation now – nice flat top, very cool. Is there anything about it that you would change? For instance – I’ll bet the doors help keep dust – and SOUND down…that’s a big plus for having doors.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 08-14-2018 05:02 PM

Congrats on making the Top 3 with your project…..Like Charles said, it’ll make a fine addition to your shop….!!!

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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Nick

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#12 posted 08-15-2018 12:33 AM

Re BigMig. I would add in under the table dust collection before I finished it and screwed the top down (it’s gonna be a pain to do it now). I will probably add some soundproofing to the router compartment in the future though. Otherwise it does all I want it to.

-- My moustache filters wood chips and sawdust out of my scotch - Nick Offerman

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