Simple Router Table

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Project by YooperCasey posted 01-13-2008 06:46 PM 3425 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was trying to make the small lap joint box that is in the “Getting started” section at FWW’s website when I got to cutting the rabbets and I was a bit perplexed. It was a stopped rabbet, to I couldn’t just cut it with my saw, the pieces were too small to be comfortable cutting it on my circular saw, and I didn’t think the router would be a good idea. To make a long story short I installed some guiding onto the piece, set the router on it and managed to completely destroy the box. So I then began my exploration into router tables!

I’m using the plan from FWW #169, “Mark Mclaughlin, A Versatile Router Table” linky. (subscription required)

In the future I plan on adding the miter tracking, horizontal support, pin support, safety cover and other features he has built into it. Also in the works is enclosing the base better, and hopefully making it look as nice as everyone elses I see here. Everything is MDF or Doug Fir 2X4’s. All fasteners are GRK. Totally awesome screws when compared to general construction screws. I have ordered a router insert plate, but until it arrives the router is mounted with cap screws to the table itself. The only problem I’ve run into is the height adjustment tool that passes through the table contacts the fence and as it stands I can’t spin the router 90 degrees, I may just get a dowel rod to pass through there. Not sure yet.

The router is a Triton 2 1/4 HP. My first router and I am very glad I spent the extra money. It came with all sorts of cool accessories.

I drew it up in sketchup to make sure everything fit as needed…

Thanks to everyone who posted pics of the router tables they built. It has given me alot of ideas, and a standard of workmanship to strive for.

-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI

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#1 posted 01-13-2008 06:52 PM

Nice little setup.

Be prepared to change the top after you have used a while. Melamine is not the best wearing
surface to use. You can re-surface it with something like Formica when it starts to wear.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-13-2008 07:12 PM

Thanks Gary! I’ll try and get a formica sheet on there before I put in the Rousseau, save me some shimming later.

-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI

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#3 posted 01-13-2008 09:45 PM

Very simple and very nice. Makes it fun to be in the shop. Nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#4 posted 01-13-2008 09:58 PM

This should help you up the precision of your routing.

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#5 posted 01-13-2008 10:21 PM

Casey, that Triton is a sweet little router. I have had my eye on that baby for a while. Be sure and blog a bit about it when you get your Rousseau plate and orient the router to allow the winder to work.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 01-13-2008 10:21 PM

Looks good Casey. Something I still have to work on building for my shop.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 01-13-2008 11:16 PM

The first power tool I owned was a router. After many years I purchased a Router table and love it. You will be suprized at the things you can do with just a router table and some hand tools. It got me started and still learning. Nice project. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#8 posted 01-13-2008 11:47 PM

Nice job Casey. The only safety issye I might raise is you could possibly add some side supports if the table proves top heavy, that is unless you have anchored it to the floor.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 01-13-2008 11:55 PM

Nice clean functional design. I like it!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 01:09 AM

Nothing more useful in the shop, yours looks like a winner. mike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 01-14-2008 09:39 AM

Looks like it’ll work well for a simple design. Well done. This was similar to my first router table. (Nice Triton, by the way.)

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 01-14-2008 12:10 PM

Simple and clever.

-- Jiri

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#13 posted 12-18-2009 05:24 PM

Nice looking router table.

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