jocks inspried router table

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Project by bigcody posted 02-14-2012 11:43 PM 2038 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have inserted an older craftsman bench top table into a counter top and built a cabinet under it also adding a hinged
Top for easy access to the router for adjustments and general cleaning. I chose the older router top versus a
Router plate for the fence that accompanied the old top so I would not have to buy or build one. This unit stands about 4 1/2 feet tall so I don’t have to bend down as much to see what’s going on. I found it to be smarter to build to suit me. If I were to make any changes I would add a small hood strut from a car to hold up the top instead of a pieces of wood.

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 12:05 AM

That is a really great setup! Thanks for posting!

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 12:35 AM

The top looks bowed?

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 03:31 AM

Nice idea! I have a Craftsman table and router so I might have to try something like what you made.

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 04:37 AM

I needs to builts me one of these. Thanks for the motivation!

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 04:04 PM

Well done I couldn’t live w/o my router table.

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 06:03 PM

Maybe I live under a rock and they are all like this, but that hinged top is an AWESOME idea. I am going to probably be building a router table in the next month or so, and THAT is definitely something I didn’t even think about. Thanks for posting!

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#7 posted 02-15-2012 08:00 PM

very unique it looks like it will work well. I don’t think i would have done it with the old router table. i would have gone with a standard insert like the rockler or Rousseau and then you could upgrade to a better router when funds permit. the good news is to do it my way you only need to rebuild the top a table as nice as this deserves to have a big Porter cable or a dewalt 621 in it not a craftsman router. yes i am a tool snob, thanks for sharing your build. are you going to try to put a finish on the table and if so is the water stain going to be easy to remove? four out of five stars

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#8 posted 02-15-2012 08:46 PM

I will have more pics up soon The old table does have a traditional insert so I can upgrade with no mods As far as the hinged top it was a what if idea and I love it makes it so easy to adjust and clean

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