Quick Router Table

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Project by JoeyG posted 02-05-2012 12:33 AM 2744 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a quick router table I made over the last couple of days. I only have a few hours in it. It began because I have some doors to build for some bookcases. After ordering the Freud door set I liked I sat back and waited for it to arrive. Once it got here it didn’t take very long to figure out that the panel bit was to big to fit in the cut out of the cast iron extension on my table saw.

I looked around my shop for a quick fix and noticed the crappy table I had my bench top jointer setting on. I had 1/2 plywood as a top to hold the jointer. Now this wouldn’t do for a router table. Once again I look around the shop and notice a drop from the pre-finished plywood I am using for bookcase bases. I split this in half and screwed it together. It came out really flat and the finish is really slick. This is only a temporary table top. I should have a piece of plywood left over that I can make a bigger table out of but I didn’t want to cut into a new sheet until the job is finished. The fence I took a little more care with, It will probably find a home on the next table.

This is my version of a quick easy router table. Maybe 2-3 hours in it and most of that is scratching my head trying to figure out how I wanted to do it. Once I get this bookcase job done, I plan to revisit this project and make something a bit nicer that will last me a few years.

She’s not much to look at but she will get me through this job.
Thanks for taking a look.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 12:35 AM

A quick build but a good one. This router table has a lot going for it,good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 12:38 AM

Thanks Jim, I tried to be smart with the materials on hand. I can clamp it almost all the way around. I can mount the router on either side. Big hole big bits, small hole small bits. And I used pocket screws to hold the top down so I can easily remove it.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 02-05-2012 07:38 AM

It looks strong.

you did well.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 02:14 PM

fast and simple, i like it

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 03:48 PM

works for me
great job

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 03:53 PM

eeezeee beezeee. very simple and I’m sure it works gr8

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 02-05-2012 05:12 PM

Stick the temp top in a corner and later you might need a diff set up for another project and don’t want to change the new table. Now you already got the top.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#8 posted 02-05-2012 06:40 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Dewayne, That’s what I had planned. I don’t want a 3 1/2 in hole in my good top, but I will have to run raised panels again. I will save this top and all I have to do is take out some pocket screws and change out tops. I think I will add a couple of runners to the bottom of this top that will make lining it back up quick and easy. I just ran my first sample door, and I am really happy with how it worked. Sometimes simple and cheap are just as good as complicated and expensive.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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