A Low Cost Versatile Router Table

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Project by Randy Price posted 06-26-2011 12:01 AM 3221 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this router table to be low cost and still have plenty of functionality. The top is 32” wide x 24” deep. The top is hinged to get access to change the router bit and adjust the height. The top has a 3/4” plywood sub-base with a 1/4” hardboard top that is held in by an oak edging. The hardboard can have various sized holes drilled in it to accommodate different sized bits. The fence is basic and clamps on with woodworking clamps. Here’s a video which describes it in more depth.

Thanks for looking,


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#1 posted 06-26-2011 12:28 AM

congratulations nice project very well explained and elaborated.

-- Brazjuca guarapari Brasil. All worth it when the soul is not small. (Fernando Pessoa)

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 01:04 AM

Nice. How did you attach the supports under the plywood router table (kinda of like a torsion box)?


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#3 posted 06-26-2011 01:20 AM

Great stuff, will save me some bucks, thanks!

-- Smitty

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#4 posted 06-26-2011 01:37 AM

There is a poplar frame under the top. The plywood top is glued and screwed to the poplar frame. The hardboard top covers the screw heads.


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#5 posted 06-26-2011 01:54 AM

Thanks. Very clever.


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#6 posted 06-26-2011 04:08 AM

very cool looken router table I like the hinges on the back to tip the whole thing up and change bits.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 06-26-2011 04:48 AM

Nice job on the design, and nice job on your SU drawings that you share.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 06-26-2011 05:27 AM

Great job Randy. It’ll definitely be of inspiration when I build mine. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 06-27-2011 04:56 AM

very good job, I really like the design, and the cost savings can be used to buy bits etc.

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