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Project by Jeff in Huntersville posted 02-28-2011 11:59 PM 2268 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After 20 years with the same router table and with umpteen accumulated accessories and router bits, I decided I needed something with more drawers. I used spalted and figured maple and built on the heavy side. The frame is made of 2”x3” members. The sides and back are 3/16” hardboard. The drawers fronts are also figured maple. I have two large drawers on bottom then two medium and four small at the top.

The top and fence are made by Pinnacle. I bought them a few years back from Woodcraft to help me with the roll top desk. The insert is from Woodpeckers. My dedicated router is a Hitachi M12V.

The top is a bit unusual in that the fence is oriented from the back. What I like most about the Pinnacle table top is its size. With the fence off and the router lowered it can be used as an assembly table.

The front panel you can see in the first photo is mostly decorative and is mainly there to hold the switch. One of the other pictures shows the router box from the back. I decided not to use an under-table vacuum because I really don’t get that much sawdust in there.

As I said it’s heavily built and when I lock the caster there’s no movement at all. This has all the storage I’ll need for a long time.





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#1 posted 03-01-2011 12:09 AM

Very very nice!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 03-01-2011 02:20 AM

Any thoughts on veneering the tops edges and the front panel to help “blend” them in ?
Nice Maple : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 03-01-2011 02:23 AM

great looken table I see you have the hitachi router, this was my first router and it’s still in my table after five years going strong.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 08:56 AM

Nice job on the table. Should last for generations. Love that Maple

-- - Martin

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#5 posted 03-01-2011 12:53 PM

nice RT with some great ideas here on this project

-- 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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#6 posted 03-02-2011 02:04 AM

Thanks for all the cool comments.

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#7 posted 03-02-2011 04:16 PM

nice router table. i like the addition of the vent grill for that added touch.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 05:25 PM

Not to sound too ignorant, but is the vent on the front just for air flow? I’m just starting to look at designing my router table and haven’t thought too much about that yet.

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 06:34 PM

Originally my intention was to hook up my dust collector at the other end of the box. The vent would provide air entry into the box. But I haven’t seen a lot of dust in the box so I never added the DC. There’s some but not enough to require removal. Now I guess it’s passive ventilation in case the router needs cooling.

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#10 posted 03-05-2011 03:31 PM

GreenNewbie- You get a little airflow up through the router with the vac on the fence if it is being used. This vent provides a clean source of air for a good airflow, pulling any, well most, chips upward. For a good airflow there has to be a source and an exit.
Think about this like your heating/ac system in your home. If you don’t have an air return, you won’t have any heat/ac out of your vents.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#11 posted 05-23-2011 04:37 AM

High quality work. Well done. Yes, the router absolutely needs venting.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#12 posted 06-06-2011 06:28 AM

Nice looking router table. I have the same router and also chose Woodpeckers for my insert too. Mine is a plunge lift, which I think they no longer make.

-- Scott in Texas

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#13 posted 07-17-2014 05:18 PM

The Maple front just makes this router station pop. Beautiful!

Thanks for posting some pictures for us.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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