Router table build

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Project by BRod posted 04-17-2011 02:47 AM 3238 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all! Been a long time since I finished this router table so I figured I should finally post it for all to see. I used a design from American Woodworker but modified it some. Borg birch for the sides with a a cherry face frame. The top is something I bought several years back from a guy online, forget the name, but it’s a decent top and fence.

Still deciding what I want to do on the bottom. Either doors or some configuration of drawers. What do people like best? I was thinking maybe 2 drawers full width with one being shallower and one deeper for jigs/routers.

Learned some things I’d do differently but all in all I think it turned out okay. Hope the pics aren’t too dark.

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 02:52 AM

Nice looking table there. Very similar to the one I would like to build if I can ever find the time. I will probably add some 2.5” swivel wheels that lock on the one when I get around to it in case I need to pull it out from the wall a feet or so.

Nice job!

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 03:12 AM

Looks cool,a lot like Norms.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 05:05 AM

looks good I hope to make one soon for myself.

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 06:53 AM

Nice looking RT You have assembled there, I like the tall adjustable fence system (custom or store bought ?) I am in the process of upgrading my fence and I just installed my newly acquired Triton router with above table adjustments/bit changes, what a difference !! As to Your ? on the bottom cavity I would probably put a large drawer with full extension slides, and then You can sub- divide as needed IMO !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 09:34 AM

excellent RT with nice high fence
very well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 09:46 AM

What are the holes in the door for?

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Bob, Oregon

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#7 posted 04-17-2011 07:20 PM

Nice job!!

I’m sure you’ll find it is a valuable addition to your shop. As for the bottom configuration, I built mine from Norm plans (with some mods) and went with the three drawers on the bottom (see my “projects”) and have found it to be quite useful. Especially the one deep drawer which is where I keep all of the oversized stuff like the router plunge base, etc.

Also, I agree with Kevin about the wheels. Someday, when I have a shop the size of a High School gym, I’ll take them off, but in the meantime, having things mobile is a great idea.

Just a thought.

-- 73, Bob

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#8 posted 04-17-2011 08:58 PM

Thanks for the comments. The holes in the door are for makeup air for the dust collector. I got the top and fence from a router guy online so I did not make them. I’ve been thinking about putting it on wheels but not sure exactly how I want to do that and if it will end up being too tall. We’ll see how it goes.

I do like the idea of a full size height drawer. I’m leaning towards doing the split vertically in the middle and a full size on the right with a split on the left ala Norm.

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#9 posted 04-17-2011 10:20 PM

Great job! I need one of these for my shop. I have the plans for building one just can’t get everyone’s projects done so I can work on mine. Oh well someday maybe! Agian Thanks!

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 02:22 AM

What a great looking table. I have to agree locking casters are a good thing. Unless you have a really really big space. Enjoy this great table

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

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#11 posted 02-12-2014 11:51 AM

A fine build. I like the window and all the storage. Dust collection is a really nicely added plus

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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