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Project by TIS posted 04-07-2011 04:57 AM 5379 views 49 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone!!!!! Never owned a router table so I figured I would build one for my first one! I guess you can say I based the original idea off of Norm but definitely added my own things to it. So here it is:

The main body is built from birch ply with maple edging and maple framed drawers. I put the same high pressure laminate on the drawer faces as the top. The 2 bottom drawers have 250lbs metal bearing slides and the rest of the drawers have basic metal slides. There are 3 large bit drawers on the left. One hidden drawer in the upper left and every drawer has its own unique dividers to keep me organized.

The top is made from a solid maple slab 1.5”x25”x42”with a HPL for the surface and edged with maple. Larger then what I’ve seen on the market but I like the fact the table seems more stable being a bit larger. Plus the storage space I get with it is invaluable. The top is 100% adjustable up and down. I fabricated 6 adjustable screw type plates that can raise or lower the top in the middle and sides, that I can adjust to make the top totally flat if need tweeking.

Used a new 3.25 horse porter cable router base with a micro adjusting pinnacle lift. Very impressed with how precise the lift is. So I had to make the fence with the same adjustment.

I used a 4”x4” piece of extruded aluminum square tube for the fence. Got lucky and scored a 48” piece free which was scrap from a glazing company in town. Saved about $300 doing some shopping around rather then purchasing new.Cut an “L” out of it then infilled it with Maple and HPL to make the base of the fence. I used the scrap piece to make the top extended fence using the same method. Used HPL covered maple for the Sub fences and Mini t-slot tracks for the feather boards and movibility of the sup fence in and out. Created a bit guard from same material and 1/2” plexi. One the back of the fence I used 4 large lockdown knobs to ensure no possible movement or flex of the fence when applying pressure to it. Used a store bought dust collect shroud. Y fitting off the back which incorporates dust collection from the cabinet and from the fence itself. Forgot to put it on when I took the pictures… I have to say this unit is absolutely dust free during use. I bought a micro adjust from Rockler which I modified to work off of a t-track on the top of the table for those little movement to dial the fence in.

There’s a safety switch on the side that is wired throughout the inside of the cabinet to hide all wires exept for the lead coming out of the back. It slides on 5 locking casters.

I’ve made a lot of unique jigs off this table so far. Definitely couldn’t of done them without such a precise table. Will post as soon as I remember to take some photos.

I think this table should hold up to beating over time….guess we’ll see!!!!! lol





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smitty22

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 05:08 AM

Super Bench!! Nice work and definitely one of my favorites.

-- Smitty

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auggy53

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#2 posted 04-07-2011 05:26 AM

a really nice job , well done!

-- rick

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RetiredCoastie

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#3 posted 04-07-2011 05:39 AM

Very nice cabinet system. I especially like the built in storage. Great job!

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RockyBlue

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#4 posted 04-07-2011 06:07 AM

Norm would be proud of this stunning tool. Looks like you have one too many Irwin clamps in that top right drawer, just send it my way to make an even number!

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com

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Kenny Blackburn

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#5 posted 04-07-2011 08:46 AM

Very nice table! Well built!

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Splinterman

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#6 posted 04-07-2011 09:04 AM

Hey TIS,
Now that is a sweet designed and finished multi-functional mobile Rotor unit…well done.

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Tinnocker

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#7 posted 04-07-2011 10:57 AM

I have tool lust! Very very nice!

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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David Grimes

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#8 posted 04-07-2011 11:30 AM

Immediately added to my favorites. Very nice work.

What is the table height from the floor ?

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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TIS

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#9 posted 04-07-2011 01:22 PM

Thanks!!!! Table height is 41.5” from FFL. Little on the high side but I have a bad back so it works out perfect.!

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SPalm

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#10 posted 04-07-2011 02:12 PM

I want one so bad. My router is just mounted in my table saw wing.
To have a dedicated table must be a treat.
You done well.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Mark Emerson

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#11 posted 04-07-2011 03:24 PM

Very impressive and resourceful! Outstanding Job!

-- Mark, Pueblo, CO. >>> A few pieces of wood and an Idea is all it takes to get me in trouble :)

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standfir

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#12 posted 04-07-2011 04:05 PM

Awesome table, well thought out and great execution. My table is a salvaged cabinet with a Rockler top, nothing like the precision of this. Great Job!

-- If you build it, they will come

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steliart

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#13 posted 04-07-2011 04:21 PM

TIS that is one excellent router table, nicely organized and well build.
One of the best I have seen here. This will last you for ever.
Well done.

Steli

-- 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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rmac

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#14 posted 04-07-2011 05:37 PM

TIS,

Super job on the router table. Can you explain more about the screw mechanism you used to level the top? I came up with something that sounds similar for my router table, but I’d be interested to learn more about how yours works.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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AgentTwitch

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#15 posted 04-07-2011 06:32 PM

I will take one!

-- Regards, Norm

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