Shop Notes Issue 100 "Ultimate Router Table"

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Project by Yupa4242 posted 07-03-2011 04:15 AM 6281 views 17 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this greenhorn woodworking noobie managed to finally complete this project.
Learned quite a bit about my tools and the ways of MDF which after this build is NOT! my media of choice to work with.

I posted several building blogs on Lumberjocks but decided to buy a PhotoBucket space so I could comment and show you a good part of my build. And many thanks to all that helped me on my way!



-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#1 posted 07-03-2011 04:55 AM


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#2 posted 07-03-2011 04:55 AM

Yupa – stand up my man and be proud… a marvelous job. I’ve been woodworking for 20+ years (last 2 more seriously) and last winter I built the same table except my table top is Rockler bought along with the fence. I also did not take the time to install a door for the router port. Compared to your table… it’s quite obvious I cheated and cut corners because my table doesn’t look as fine as yours. If you wish, you can take a tour of my workshop and see for yourself. You are right on about MDF which enhances your accomplishment. Hat off to you!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#3 posted 07-03-2011 05:22 AM

Wow thanks :) There were so so many flaws with MDF one of the worst was when i dadoed out the miter track i used a scrap piece before and the depth was dead on to allow for the extra depth of mdf plus laminate. But when I went to install the track it was dead on on one end high in 3 places which ended up chisel and scraping for hours to get it perfect. MDF does not stay true all way down the piece I noticed a variance of 1/32 to a full 1/16 in many places.
When I fabricated the base of the fence support it took 5 attemps before I got one that did not crack or break near the dust collection channel area. On last attemp i said @#$ #$ and used a piece of black walnut which i knew would hold.
On another note there were dozens of mistakes in the Shop Notes instructions and I spent many hours all together studying them and had to come up with current solutions. My Kregg Pocket Hole helped alot of the time.
I wanted to catalog the entire cost of this build and can easily say I could have bought 2 Kregg Router tables in the end.
I over ordered my Laminate,ended up buying anothe 4×8 sheet of MDF from all the mistakes and part breakages.
But in the end I can say I built this :)

Now I wish there was a class on tounge and groove joinery so I can get it down the next time around. lol My neighbor said, “Why did you not make the drawer carcasses with pocket holes ?” I said I want to stay true to the book :P and nearly over a month later i finish.

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#4 posted 07-03-2011 05:28 AM

Outstanding job on this. One of the nicest I’ve seen anywhere.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-03-2011 05:34 AM

Again Thanks :) Got to remember to post this on Router Forum as well :D

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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Bob, Oregon

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#6 posted 07-03-2011 05:44 AM

Beautiful job on that table, Yupa.

You’re right about using MDF as a structural component. It definitely has it’s limitations. One way of fastening it that does work (once, at least) is to use some Confirmat screws. The link is one place to get them. There are others if you do a little looking on the web. They are a tad spendy and you need a special bit to drill pilot holes for them, but they will hold quite well.

I’m sure you will enjoy the table and find it to be very useful. Great work!!

-- 73, Bob

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#7 posted 07-03-2011 05:45 AM

very nice, I love the fence and how it’s made. saweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet pkg.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 07-03-2011 05:50 AM

Wow Bob, I wish I had known about them before this project!! I may have to get some just to fiddle with all my left over MDF. And Again thanks LJ’s :)

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#9 posted 07-03-2011 06:11 AM

Nice job on that table !
I cant add anything to what has been said above but say ENJOY the fruits of your labour.


-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 07-04-2011 03:58 AM

Awesome job !!!

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#11 posted 07-04-2012 02:50 PM

Update :) I’ve only used this table a wee bit since the build and there are 2 things that are a bit annoying with this design. First this a standard shop vac does not pull enough suction into the waste chamber and second when pushing table near wall it’s nearly impossible to move since the unit has to tip toward the wall to use wheels :( .

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#12 posted 07-04-2012 03:04 PM

This is a great looking job. The best I’ve seen on a router table.

Unlike most, I kind of like M.D.F. but use the ultra lite grade. It’s about half the weight, but everything else is pretty much the same. We use it a lot in the shop.

As far as fastening it, biscuits and glue, along with some nails or staples, depending on which gun is close by, or the project itself.

Of course, we do veneer over it in many instances.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 07-04-2012 03:11 PM

Very cool router table .I see you went for the gold :) Shop notes has many great designs.

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#14 posted 07-09-2012 12:22 AM

I have alot of DeWalt handtools but the project was a tribute to my late father who loved the Iowa Hawkeye’s and I do to even though I live in Badgerland :P

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#15 posted 07-09-2012 12:28 AM

awesome build! the color scheme also works for the newer Powermatic yellow/black. very nicely done

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