The ultimate router table

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Project by richgreer posted 09-10-2011 08:41 PM 4182 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a combination buy/build project. I bought the Incra router table and top new. I purchased the Incra positioning system (with wonder bar) used on e-bay. There is also a Woodpecker router lift and Porter Cable router that you cannot see.

I built the dust catching box. You will see that I connected the wonder bar to the box on one side. On the other side is a port for Rockler’s Dust Right system.

I added an access door on the front. I even added a latch to keep it closed. In retrospect, I don’t need the latch. When the dust collector is hooked up it, effectively, sucks the access door shut.

Pardon the gloat, but this is the ultimate router table for me. Virtually every speck of dust is captured and I have VERY precise control of the bit height and the position of the fence. It is also very quick and easy to change bits.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 09-10-2011 08:48 PM

I like it. I have a similar setup. the woodpecker router plate was a bit warped on mine (i bought it uesd). does yours fit flat to the table?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#2 posted 09-10-2011 09:07 PM

gloat away Mr. Rich, nice router set up!

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#3 posted 09-10-2011 09:14 PM

Couldn’t agree more. I only make a few boxes, but I wouldn’t trade mine for anything.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 09-10-2011 09:36 PM

Nice pick up bud! Don’t you just love INCRA products! I bought my set up used too, on CL locally.

I just finished my router cabinet last week as well, check it out.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#5 posted 09-10-2011 09:43 PM

That’s a beauty Rich.
Have fun with it !

-- Eric, central Florida

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#6 posted 09-10-2011 11:11 PM

I think you’ve thought of everything!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 09-10-2011 11:26 PM

Great setup. Congratulations on your great find... What more could you possibly ask for. Unmatched precision, quality and American made…
I just bought a second Incra router system and just put an ad on craigslist yesterday to sell my Jessem router table. Not a single call yet…but if it were an Incra the phone would be ringing away.

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#8 posted 09-11-2011 12:01 AM

Very nice routertable. I really like the dust collection. I need to modify my set up for dust collection like this. Great work. Thanks for posting

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#9 posted 09-11-2011 12:41 AM

One slick setup!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 09-11-2011 12:50 AM

Nothing wrong with showing off the new toys!

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#11 posted 09-11-2011 01:19 AM

Hi Rich, it looks great.

Are you planning to make a ribbon dispenser as well? :)

-- Back home. Fernando

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#12 posted 09-11-2011 01:24 AM

Rich, Sweet Table bro Incra rocks. Man you have a nice shop carpeting? LOL Great work! Enjoy

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

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#13 posted 09-11-2011 02:20 AM

Fernando – You have a good memory. I already have a ribbon dispenser in my work bench since the body of the work bench is from some cabinetry we had in our flower shop.

Ken – My workshop is expanding into a portion of the basement that was previously a rec room. I have not torn the carpet up yet, but that is in the plans. I also have another wall to build to partition this portion of the rec room off from the rest. Our original rec room was about 1000 square feet. Then I took 400 square feet for my current shop. Now I am taking another 300 square feet.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#14 posted 09-11-2011 06:59 AM

This is a really nice project rich.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#15 posted 09-11-2011 08:10 AM

I need a new router table top….so thanks for the ideas…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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