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Project by pintodeluxe posted 1247 days ago 3727 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a simple router table made from Formica and maple. Keyhole slots allow you to remove the fence without removing the hold-down knobs. The tall knobs are from Kreg. I made an mdf template that I sized around the router table insert plate. I then used a pattern cutting bit to rout the recess for the insert plate. The key is to make the template pieces long enough that you can clamp them down, without getting in the way of the routing operation. I recommend putting one or two layers of tape around the insert plate before you size your mdf template. That way the recess will be just the right size to drop the insert plate in.

Insert plate: Bench Dog, Vacuum port: Rockler, Miter track: Woodcrafters

Happy routing

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush





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steliart

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#1 posted 1247 days ago

Yup! nice and simple, basically that’s all you’ll ever need.
Nice work!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 1247 days ago

Nice work, I like the color, red is always good. Will serve you wel I’m sure.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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rsladdwoodworks

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#3 posted 1247 days ago

nice work keep it coming

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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jm64

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#4 posted 1247 days ago

I like it – good job!

-- Joe, Cumming, GA

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 1247 days ago

This is very nice and clean looking. It looks sharp and seems like it will work very well. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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tyka

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#6 posted 1247 days ago

Very nice !!! I also like the red Formica ;-) Good design and quality craftmanship. Tks. for sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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anforte

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#7 posted 1247 days ago

Your excellent photos and attractive design, have inspiried me to build one for myself.

Have struggled with the need for a router table for while but this ends the indecision.

Many thanks. Kep up the good work.

-- Anforte NJ

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MShort

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#8 posted 1247 days ago

I like it. Well put together. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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bvdon

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#9 posted 1247 days ago

Really nice job… better than my tiny Bosch table that cost $170.

Question… how is the insert plate secured? Is there a vertical flush adjustment, or did you have to experiment to get the right depth for the insert plate?

-- http://woodwork.me

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 1247 days ago

BvDon-
The weight of the router holds the insert in place. You can screw it down too. Leveling screws in the recess make sure the plate is flush.
Thanks

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Splinterman

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#11 posted 1247 days ago

Hey Pinto,
Sweet job…well done.

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Bricofleur

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#12 posted 1247 days ago

Simple router table? This is not what I call simple. This one is great looking and well made. It’s red hot to be put to use. That looks to be a nice well supported square fence too (it looks square!). Congrats and thanks for the inspiration and posting. It’s nice seeing a LJ building such nice tool.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Gary

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#13 posted 1246 days ago

Very nice table. Where did you get that red, that’s awesome. Nice job!

-- Addition by subtraction

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pintodeluxe

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#14 posted 1246 days ago

Gary,
The laminate is Formica brand. I special ordered it from Lowes, and it ran about $35 for a 3×5 sheet.
Thanks

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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