Space Saver Router Table, with plenty of extras!

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Project by Jeremiah posted 05-25-2012 06:35 PM 6817 views 49 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off, i cant take credit for the lift and tilt design, or the drop down idea. All i did is combine them and add in my own touches

As with most people, space is always a problem, and a good router table is a must….how do you balance the two?

Shop Notes started my mind milling with a wall mounted drop down router table. It was fairly basic and didn’t have much of the storage i added. It also had a fairly basic (lame) fence. I took the idea and made the cabinet deeper to house bits, the extra base and my trim router. I also made a much better fence. It’s adjustable with a split mouth that keeps the clearance to a minimum. The body of the fence is also part of the dust collection (still not fully incorporated yet)

The lift and 45degree tilt mechanism came from Matthias Wandel . He is a frick’n genius! for real. what he comes up with is brilliant. I didn’t download the plans (not because I’m cheap, but because i cant resist trying to figure out things on my own) in retrospect, i wish i had. the $15 he charges would have been well worth it, i spent $100 in time, reinventing the wheel.

The whole contraption is mounted next to my miter saw, which i have over my joiner. For most this would be way to high to be practical, but since i’m 6’5” its perfect for me. The last two pictures shows what it looks like from the back of my shop, looking forward. 1st pic is it down, and the 2nd shows how little space it takes up when its away.

So far, ive only done test runs on it, but it’s preformed perfectly. The plate for the router top is a piece of polished 1/4” aluminum that a friend gave me. i flattened it and drilled it for another table, so it looks a little off center on this one but it’s not.

Happy to answer any questions anyone has about it or post more pics. I hope it inspires someone :)


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#1 posted 05-25-2012 06:41 PM

Impressed AND Inspired. That is a nifty rig. I have a limited shop space as well and something like this would prove to be quite helpful. Added to my Favorites.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 06:51 PM

Very nice work Jeremiah ,great idea to upgrade an combining to good designs.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 12:19 AM

while I already have a router table, you shop setup does give me ideas with my jointer and mitersaw. Currently the miter saw is on the floor and is a big pain to use. I’m no 6’5”, but I could reach my saw if it was over the jointer, which right now has nothing above it and is wasting space. Thanks :)

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 01:33 AM

I gotta tell you that’s a great job! I put a top on the extension of my table saw but like this idea much better. There are some great ideas on this website and this one is right up there with the best. Very creative idea. Bits right there an arms length away. A lot of table in that small space. You need to send a picture to wood magazine. They are always looking for innovative ideas.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 01:53 AM

Thanks everyone for the Comments!

BTW, Crashn, on my to do list is to change out the wheels on my joiner to fixed wheels so it will only slide out perpendicular to the miter station. right now the wheels on it are the standard kind, where the left side are fixed and the right side ones rotate. it makes pulling it out a bit more of a “dance” than if the wheels all just faced one way and it slid out like a drawer.

Just something to think about when you build yours.

Thanks again, everyone for the positive feedback.

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#6 posted 05-26-2012 02:11 AM

Okay, I’m building this in my shop! This is awesome!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#7 posted 05-26-2012 11:39 AM

Very creative use of space. I’m sure many of use can identify with the limited amount of room to work. Great job!

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#8 posted 05-26-2012 04:32 PM

Brilliant collection of Ideas.

We all borrow ideas from other shops, as evidenced by the ‘Norm’s Router Table Design’ seen in many shops today.

You have taken Space Saving Ideas to the next level.

Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 05-26-2012 06:28 PM

It’s like a Murphy bed for your router! Wow that is a great use of space and looks good too! I wish this were possible for every tool in the shop… Thanks for posting.

-- Ray

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#10 posted 06-11-2012 03:19 AM

Never saw a Murphy bed for a router table! Very cool.

-- May your shop be filled with chips and sawdust all year long, – “Mr. Measure Twice”

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#11 posted 08-22-2012 04:51 PM

Quick Update:
i drilled a 2.5” hole in the top of the fence body (for lack of a better way to explain it) its the area directly behind the fence opening. My dust hose plugs right into that and pulls just fine. i thought i was going to have to get fancy with the dust collection due to the 45 degree tilt on the router but instead i just collect from the top, even when i’m not using the fence. It pulls 75%+ of the chips. i can live with the little bit of a mess it makes.

plus i’ve now had a couple of months of using it. It works GREAT. lift mechanism is flawless and the drop down table really works well for me. i wish i had done it earlier.


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