Router table

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Project by NewfieDan posted 02-28-2011 06:45 PM 2086 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my newest project. It is arouter table I built from online plans. There are 3 drawers on each side that hold the bits. The top drawer on the left holds the collett wrench, the handle for te router height adjustment the unused collett. There are 3 drawers on the bottom for organizing accessories. Inside the center door (with all the holes) is the router cabinet. At the back in the bottom of the router cabinet is a hole for the dust collection. the top is lainated with aborite for ease of use. I put a swith on the right side so I would not need to reach into the door to turn the router on and off. While I was dong this I aslo put a female cord end out the back to plug the shop vac into. The switch turns on the vaccuum and the router on simultaneously.

I am still waiting on the t-track for the adjustable fence. Then it simply bolting the fence together and using the new table. The top is made of MDF for stability and the rest is made of 3/4” birch plywood.

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 07:07 PM

Nice job. Looks like a lot of thought went into design.

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 07:17 PM

Congratulations: You’ve built the New Yankee Workshop version of the router table that Norm Abrhams’ built….. There’s about 1,000 of these on here that LJs have built. Good job…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 07:41 PM

Well done should serve you well for many yrs~ Welcome to Lumberjocks as well.

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

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 05:18 PM

Looks very nice. I’m just starting to look at building my router table as well. Any suggestions or things to watch out for?

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#5 posted 08-19-2011 12:41 AM

Having made a similar table I can offer a few suggestions:
1. mobilize it with locking wheels underneath
2. make the center router chamber smaller so the drawers on the side can be larger – measure your router, and remove the handles because they take a lot of space
3. Make it the same height as your table saw – so it can be used as an out feed table
4. Unless you have an external switch and some way to externally raise and lower the router for bit changes don’t bother with a door for the router chamber. It just gets in the way.
5. Be sure to physically separate the router chamber from your drawers – or they WILL fill with chips :)
6. The hole you cut in the table-top only needs to be big enough for the router, although the plate will generally be much larger. Many plans call for just 1/4 inch set-back from the area routed for the plate, but having more lets you make the chamber smaller than the plate and still get a good seal to prevent chips from escaping.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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