Good enough router table

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Project by Birks posted 775 days ago 2547 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did not want to spend a lot of time and money on a router table at this stage in my woodworking hobby, so this table is good enough. The base is construct similar to a WWMM podcast I saw (see references). The top is 3/4” plywood and 1/2” mdf laminated together. It is screwed into the base from the bottom so I can remove it later if the mdf wears or I want to change something. I put a couple coats of paste wax on the mdf top to help protect it, and later this week some wood banding is going around the top as well. I made a bunch of zero-clearance inserts out of clear lexan. The table even has a hydraulic jack I got from a salvage place for an effective lift. Right now I’m just using a jointed board with a notch for the bit clamped to the table as a fence. Maybe someday I will make a better fence, but this gets the job done. If your looking for a cheap functional router table, hopefully this will give you some ideas.


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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 775 days ago

Nice job on the router table. That looks like it will work just fine!!........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 775 days ago

Thing is:
I have a bulletproof one.
Jessem Mast-r-lift-excel II
Expect a review with pictures soon from me!

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#3 posted 775 days ago

now that is the way to get the job done while figuring out what you really want in a router table. I just may have to copy yours..

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#4 posted 775 days ago

Good job. Plain and simple.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 775 days ago

Thanks all! I worry about posting simple projects like this and the little views/comments bar on my homepage shows a big goose egg:) Hopefully this inspires anyone even considering buying a small BORG router table to just buy some 2×4s and plywood and have at it!

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#6 posted 775 days ago

Reminds me of my first table saw. Homemade. Down and dirty. Worked just fine.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#7 posted 775 days ago

Nice, love it, looks good, and it works ,what more can you ask for . vary good work

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#8 posted 775 days ago

Cheap, simple and effective is never bad and always worth posting.

Nice job.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 775 days ago

i like it

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#10 posted 774 days ago

Nice looking router table!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 773 days ago

All the good features and a lift to boot but where is the fence ?
Great job my friend have fun !

-- Kiefer 松

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#12 posted 772 days ago

Thanks again all; Such a great supportive community!

I’m just using a jointed board with a notch in it for the bit clamped to the table. It works for now, but I’ll definitely be making something a little better soon.

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