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Project by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 04-27-2011 07:05 PM 3366 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the first projects my 15-year old son and I did together. It’s a router table. Due to limited shop space. We sized it vertically to match a miter saw table we had done earlier. We built the top using 3/4” plywood and Rockler T-bar stock. The T-bars allow the fence to move back and forth as well as a featherboard to be applied to the workpiece from the front of the piece. We also put the T-bar on the router fence for featherboards or stop blocks. It’s probably over-engineered but we wanted a solid table. The caster wheels are on the same side of the table that the feed comes from so the other side drags when the material is fed through.

My son is “over’it” at present with building fixtures after building this table, the miter saw table and a workbench, so that’s why we went on to our next project of the XBOX-360 Entertainment Center. I guess jigs are up to me now.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.





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#1 posted 04-27-2011 07:21 PM

Nice! I’ve been looking to build a new table and most that I’ve seen are 100x more complicated and probably work as well as this one. What did you use for a surface and how is it supported underneath? Do you have a mount plate for the router or just through-holes?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 04-27-2011 07:22 PM

Looks pretty good. You may find if you move to spinning big router bits, that your fence will get in the way. You can address that if you ever get to that point. (It involves a LOT of complexities of movable faces, not easy, but worth it!)

I really like that you sized it to double up as miter saw stock support as well. That’s thinking about maximizing your space usage!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 04-27-2011 07:42 PM

Well done…. Hard to live w/o a router table once you have one. Enjoy!

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

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#4 posted 04-27-2011 07:58 PM

Great table…reminds me of my shop tables that I have been building…

Easy Shop Table

No that your table is done…go build something!

Ken C.

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio, http://www.lockwatcher.com/

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#5 posted 04-27-2011 11:48 PM

Nice router table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 01:17 AM

The back side of the fence has Rockler 2” angle supports (1/8” thick solid bracket) split in half to support wider bits without hitting the brackets. . We routed out the wood on the fence with the biggest bit that we own and if we get a bigger bit we will use that to widen it.

Router is bolted directly to the bottom of the 3/4” plywood. We made it the same size as our miter saw stand so that we could interchange them. Biggest problem we now have is that the basement shop floor in our 1890 house is brick so it’s really uneven.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#7 posted 04-28-2011 01:24 AM

Ken C – I like your table. Are the casters lockable for rotation? I wish I had bought casters which did not rotate in the base, but they are more money. Hard to beat tables which are $10 or less in wood. My buddies pick on me for not spending money on a metal table, but I really like making my own and my son and I are still learning.

The picture doesn’t show it but there’s also a garage door handle (one of the more expensive parts) on the far side from the wheels. Easy to pick up and move without a lot of muscling it around. Best part is my 15-year old son is now apprenticing his younger brother.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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LegendInMyOwnMind

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#8 posted 04-28-2011 01:28 AM

Actually, the top is MDF. The original plywood tabletop had problems with warping.

Funny story, we just realized the other day that the fixed-base router has a lift screw. We drilled the hole into the top to be able to move it up and down. Now we need a long Allen wrench. Frustrated that the sears owner’s manual doesn’t specify what size Allen wrench it uses.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#9 posted 04-28-2011 04:36 AM

I like your table. It make me feel good when others come to same design conclusions as I did. Mine looks like it came from the same shop as yours! ;)

A tip to make the top easier to slide on: use formica. You should be able to buy a 4’ X 12’ sheet at your local home center for around $80. Smaller sheets cost less over all but you get a better deal per foot^2 at this size. Besides, you can use the extra on other tables. If you choose a darker color dust will show up on it better (this is a good thing). You will be amazed what a difference this makes. I was.

Oh, well, now you’ve gone and done it. I have to go take pictures of mine so we can compare notes!

-- I only WISH I could do this for a living. Problem is I don't want to sell anything I make!

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#10 posted 04-28-2011 04:38 AM

that’s a nice idea

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#11 posted 04-28-2011 10:35 AM

We had a crazy design first which had four sawhorse legs. Not all that stable in spite of having eight legs (or maybe because of it), Problem was it didn’t fit through a doorway. I really wanted a table I could take anywhere in the house, but was still stable. We screwed down the router top to the base since there’s some horizontal pressure, but didn’t do that with the miter saw since it’s so heavy that it would need to be moved on its own if we wanted to work in another part of the house.

Sort of torn about table size. Too big and my kid leaves all the tools on it. Too small and my kid leaves all the tools on the ground. Since he’s the one who does all the work, I’m content to mostly just do the design and cleanup. I’m most proud of him when he comes up with clever quick jigs – I usually over-engineer it spending more time thinking about how to do something. He just goes and does it.

I like the formica idea. I will look into it, but since my son is “over it” on working on tools, I’m probably on my own at this point.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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Lockwatcher

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#12 posted 04-28-2011 12:41 PM

Doug,
Yeah the casters on my tables do lock both the wheel and the shaft (double locking). They are more expensive (about $12 each) but – my tables do not move at all! Here are some links to my various tables..

Easy Shop Table

Easy Planer Table

Miter Saw Station

My blog also has details about the casters that I used!

Ken C

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio, http://www.lockwatcher.com/

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BAKTHAVATHSAL KADAMBI

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#13 posted 01-07-2012 08:22 AM

VERY NICE ONE. I acknowledge, simplicity of your router table, which made me to get back to my drawings to make some changes. I wish to build a router table for my shop, after I finish making my main workbench, which is under construction.

-- ALPHA-ZEE CREATIONS

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#14 posted 01-07-2012 09:23 AM

Looks simple but I truly beliveyou can get an more simple than mine ... then again I am a simple person I don’t dar how my jigs or tools look I just wan them to work…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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