Norm's Router Table

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Project by jbell2355 posted 1317 days ago 2052 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my version of Norm’s router table. Its not the best I’ve seen on here, but I think it will get the job done. The biggest challenge was routing out the top for the plate insert. I spent several hours screwing around with bushings and stuff, only to eventually have the light come on that reminded me that I have the old router top (Rockler), which I can just use to make a perfect template. DUH!

I made it of birch ply and purpleheart. My brother and father run Bell Forest Products ( warehouse is in the same building as my office, so I have easy, and usually free, access to exotics.

Instead of drilling holes in the door, I opted to just make a undersized panel.

-- She was only a rancher's daughter, but all of the horsemen knew her.

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#1 posted 1317 days ago

Looks great, I just started one myself and only hope it will turn out half as nice. I’ve got the carcass of mine dry fitted now, but still need to figure out how to make the drawers. If you don’t mind sharing, how did you do your? Again, it looks great and hope you have many good years of use out of it.


-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#2 posted 1317 days ago

Good question Al. I think there are too many router bit drawers in Norm’s design, but I suppose we all have a different size collection. I ended up making a couple of tool drawers, whereas he has 6 bit drawers and one tool drawer.

For the drawers, Norm makes L-shaped drawers by just attaching a front to a drawer bottom, which is drilled for inserting your router bits. He screws ply cleats to the inside of the carcass, which serve as both runners, and as drawer stops (the drawer fronts hit the cleats to stop). The cleats are the same height as the drawer front. Is that what you were asking?

-- She was only a rancher's daughter, but all of the horsemen knew her.

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#3 posted 1317 days ago

I know some have come up with valid criticisms of the original NYW design, but … every time I see one … I just have to smile.

In it’s original form .. it’s a darned good piece of shop equipment.

Nicely done.

Did you say … “free access to exotics ?”

You … just might suck ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 1317 days ago

very nice work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 1317 days ago

Thanks for the feedback. I was thinking the same about having too many bit drawers. My collection seems to continue to grow but don’t think I will every have enough for 6 drawers. I think I am going to save a few drawers for push blocks, wrenches, etc so I can keep everything neat. I have a bad habit of moving things from table saw to router table, to the bandsaw, and anything with a flat surface to sit something on. I am hoping this will help my efforts to keep everything related to the router all in the same spot.

Thanks again.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#6 posted 1317 days ago

that looks great, I think Norm would be jelous

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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#7 posted 1317 days ago


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

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#8 posted 1317 days ago

its a great project, do you main to post the dimensions? i doing the same project but i need the dimensions. thanks

-- I Just Love Working With Wood.

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#9 posted 1317 days ago

Looks really good. And hey, your father and brother have an impressive selection of lumber on their website! I’m definately going to do business with them when the time comes. > adds to bookmarks <

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#10 posted 1316 days ago

Nice looking table…
Free access to exotics?
Would that be exotic wood or dancers? Either way, you sir are my new best friend

-- Woodworkers theory of relativity - the quality of your scrap is relative to your skill level

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#11 posted 979 days ago

Nice Wood! Great! I’m assembling my bottom double drawers-are the measurements for the box height wrong on the plans? The box doesn’t come flush with the face! Thanks for your input!

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