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Project by Jeff in Huntersville posted 1143 days ago 2151 views 5 times favorited 12 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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MasterSergeant

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#1 posted 1143 days ago

Very very nice!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 1143 days ago

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

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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bigike

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#3 posted 1143 days ago

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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KMT

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#4 posted 1142 days ago

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

-- - Martin

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steliart

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#5 posted 1142 days ago

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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Jeff in Huntersville

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#6 posted 1142 days ago

Thanks for all the cool comments.

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rogerw

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#7 posted 1141 days ago

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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GreenNewbie

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#8 posted 1139 days ago

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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Jeff in Huntersville

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#9 posted 1139 days ago

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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rogerw

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#10 posted 1138 days ago

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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falegniam

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#11 posted 1060 days ago

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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scarpenter002

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#12 posted 1046 days ago

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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