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Project by Don Tikander posted 759 days ago 3167 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a total of $2.47 in my router table. I live near a modular manufacturing plant. The top is the counter top cut out of the sink area. They usually throw them in the dumpster. It’s perfect for the top. “Free”. I couldn’t bring myself to pay $40.00 and up for a router plate top insert. So I found a Lexan type cutting board at the local Walmart for $2.47!!! They have many sizes and colors. It’s slippery, and very ridgid. No flex at all.

Once I decide which router to mount I will simply cut the mounting holes on my drill press. I have a kitchen cabinet that I never used, so I will mount the top on that and put casters on it. Then I will hinge the back of the top for easy access to the router for adjustment and changing bits. I made a nice fence out of scraps from around the shop.

Are there any awards on Lumberjocks for the “Best money saving idea of the year”?? LOL.

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.





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flintbone

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#1 posted 759 days ago

Good job.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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T. D. Reid

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#2 posted 759 days ago

Great job! I recently told another member about counter top cut offs as router tables “on the cheap”. This is what I used for my first one in 1992 and it worked like a champ. FYI Sam’s Club sells cuting boards without the hand hold opening in them. Thanks for the building one and I agree that this is “Best money saving idea of the year”. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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schloemoe

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#3 posted 759 days ago

Cheap is best…...................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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Skylark53

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#4 posted 759 days ago

Nice work and very frugal work on a project you can use for many years. Congratulations!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Roger

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#5 posted 759 days ago

I would say, that’ll work very good. Manufactured tops are priced way too high in my opinion

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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MakerofSawdust

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#6 posted 759 days ago

That was my first router table too!! The only difference is that I used some lexan instead of a cuttiing board. The sink cut-out was the perfect size.

-- - Kevin from Cincinnati. All my work is guaranteed: Three minutes or three feet; whichever comes first.

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woodshaver

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#7 posted 759 days ago

Good Job! If it works, Why Not! Saving money is the way to go! More money to spend on tools!

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

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canadianchips

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#8 posted 759 days ago

Excellent !
My first table saw extension was from cabinet shop I worked at. Counter top cutoffs that were thrown out. I used it for many years !
I never thought of the LEXAN idea, I LIKE that .

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Green_Hornut

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#9 posted 759 days ago

Like the idea of the countertop. should be plenty flat and smooth for the purpose. I would caution about the Lexan. My last table I built I used a sheet of 3/8 acrylic for my insert and while it worked fine in the beginning with the weight of my PC 3 HP plunge it began to sag until I got noticeable poor results. You might get by and I hope you do. Just saying, watch it so it doesn’t sag.

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ChrisK

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#10 posted 759 days ago

Great find on the counter top. The cutting board is more of a HDPE, milk bottle plastic. If you can support it might work well. I have a 1/2” acrylic holding my 3hp and it works well. Good Luck.

-- Chris K

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 759 days ago

I have a top from a small desk waiting for a similar treatment. Thanks for sharing. Have you cosidered installing a metal track in the slot for a miter gage?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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ChrisMc45

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#12 posted 758 days ago

Nice to save the money for router bits. FWIW, I believe the cutting board is likely polypropylene; not as rigid as Lexan (polycarbonate) but easier to cut. You may wish to reinforce the span after you choose your router; perhaps some aluminum L-profile extrusion, close-set to the router hole, extending past the plate to secure to the underside of the table…
Good to be frugal.

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Martyroc

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#13 posted 758 days ago

Good use of inexpensive and free materials, better in your shop than a landfill somewhere.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Dusty56

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#14 posted 758 days ago

Use caution with plastics…they are not all the same and some can become brittle and shatter without warning.
If that board was Lexan , you would have paid a lot more than $3 for it : )
Nice way to save money though !! Keep up the good work .
I’m a re-purposer myself
LOL

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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