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Project by theSawdustSurfer posted 01-18-2012 06:01 PM 5408 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all Lumberjock friends

Here is my first project for 2012, A Router table.
I inherited a Ryobi Router from my father and decided to make a router table for it.

A good sturdy Router Table is something that I’ve needed for some time now and with the luxury of having two routers i can have one in the table and one as a “free hand” Router.

i had a kitchencabinet (leftovers from my Kitchen rebuild) that i used as a base and i made the top from MDF. If you want to see the whole story and pictures of the “project in progress” please visit my blog thesawdustsurfer

Thanks for watching
/ Henrik

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ---- http://thesawdustsurfer.blogspot.com





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 07:53 PM

Welcome aboard!
If I didn’t know better I would say you got that nice looking Router Table at the local Woodworking store!
I like the nice high fence!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Willeh

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 08:03 PM

Very nice! I am looking at doing something similar for my shop!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 08:16 PM

I once watched an episode of THIS OLD HOUSE where Norm shows how to build a router table. The first thing he does is go over to a router table to start building it…. pissed me off.
Nice build. That will serve you well over the years.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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ohwoodeye

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 08:39 PM

Looks good.
I am confused about the bolts coming through the fence. You won’t be able to stand a piece on its edge to router without hitting a bolt and they seem to be a potential safety hazzard and arm scraper. Perhaps you can remove the adjustable wing fences if need be? Seems like the T-track should have been on the backside of the adjustable wing fences with with the bolts passing through and sticking out the back of the permanent fence.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 08:52 PM

Great job on thid like mentionrd though I would change the bolts coming thru the front is all. Something to catch your arm or shirt on and no tall peices as well.

Great work though!

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

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theSawdustSurfer

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 08:57 PM

Hi ohwoodeye

The bolts are very easy to remove. they slide in the track i made in the fence. i have more pictures on my blog.
To see the construction of the fence follow this link thesawdustsurfer.blogspot.com

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ---- http://thesawdustsurfer.blogspot.com

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theSawdustSurfer

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 09:01 PM

I only use the bolts when i need a stopblock or a fetherboard. The bolt on the table in the picture are a bit big, i will change them to smaller ones.

btw
thanks for all the encouraging comments

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ---- http://thesawdustsurfer.blogspot.com

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woodshaver

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#8 posted 01-18-2012 09:25 PM

thesawdustsurfer
I’m taking it that the bolts are only there when you need to use them to attach a feather board or stops. It’s a different approach but I can see how it can be effective.

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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woodman88

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#9 posted 01-18-2012 09:52 PM

yes I have never seen that approach either with the bolts on the fence. what i was looking at was the size of hole for dust collection, may have problems with that

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albachippie

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#10 posted 01-18-2012 10:42 PM

This is a great idea. my router table has a fence from a shop bought table. This also has removable bolts mounted on the upper part of the fence for feather boards etc.

Great job, and welcome to LJs

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl

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theSawdustSurfer

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#11 posted 01-18-2012 10:46 PM

yes, the dust collection can be a problem. Today I have a homemade dust collection system(i will replace it with a better one , 4 inch, when my wallet gets bigger). I use an old Vacuum hose and that fits perfectly in the hole. the problem can be when i am removing a lot of material with the router. the hole or the hose could be stuffed, but ….knock on wood

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ---- http://thesawdustsurfer.blogspot.com

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Rick M.

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#12 posted 01-19-2012 12:01 AM

Nice job. I’m long overdue to build a better router table.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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woodshaver

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#13 posted 01-19-2012 12:02 AM

thesawdustsurfer
A larger Sucker would be a nice upgrade for sure. Like your Knock on wood comment!
You inspired me to post my Route Table. Enjoy!
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/59728

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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StumpyNubs

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#14 posted 01-19-2012 12:14 AM

It may be “easy” but it sure looks good! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
(The greatest woodworking show since the invention of wood is now online!)

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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ChuckC

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#15 posted 01-19-2012 12:33 AM

I like it!
If you put a door on the upper part the router will be much quieter. I used an open router stand for years and when I went to to a closed cabinet I couldn’t believe how quiet it got, and less messy.

Good luck with the new router table!

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