Deluxe Router Station (free plans)

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Project by Randy Sharp posted 08-15-2012 04:45 PM 22791 views 40 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by the free plans offered by Dan Phalen, this router station is a welcome addition to my home woodworking shop. Dan’s plans are detailed, yet straightforward and easy to follow.

Any woodworker on the intermediate level should have no problem completing this project in two weekends.

A special thanks goes to my neighbor, Master Craftsman Bill, for his expert advice on cutting out the opening for the insert plate. And, kudos to Sawdustonmyshoulder for discussing router selection with me. I decided the Porter Cable 7518 is a good investment.

I enjoyed this build and look forward to many years of quality performance from this new tool.

Thanks for looking.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 06:59 PM

Looks like it’ll serve you well.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 07:04 PM

What a wonderful looking router station.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 10:17 PM

Excellent workmanship.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 11:26 PM

Very nice, Randy. One day, I want to build something like this.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 02:12 AM

That’s nice! I was just at WoodCraft today thinking about how nice it would be to be able to make my own router station. I’m not quite there yet… but this is a nice one. i will have to get those plans and set them aside for some day.

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 02:39 AM

Very nicely done. I like the contrasting green.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 03:45 AM

Well done. Does the front portion of the fence spread to allow for wider bits? I didn’t see a way of tightening them if they did. I’m in process of rehabbing my router table it’s built a lot like yours but my table bowed because I used an old cheap butcher block type table top (I was young and dumb when I built it :P) I’m also redoing the fence on mine as well. I’ll have to check out these plans.

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#8 posted 08-16-2012 09:29 AM

This is the venerable Norm Abram’s router table design. You will find dozens of examples right here on LJ. Dan Phalen even acknowledges this on his website, although the PDF file makes no mention of it.

Credit where credit is due…

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 08-16-2012 12:22 PM

great job…. you won’t be disapointed with all that PC HP

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#10 posted 08-16-2012 02:31 PM

Variations on a theme…...Stellar…...!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#11 posted 08-18-2012 02:02 AM

Randy, are you going to put a lift in that table? I built th one that Shop Notes had at the start of the year, worked out great, but I did make a few improvements. Take a look.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#12 posted 08-23-2012 07:45 PM

Oooh shiny! I like it a lot :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#13 posted 09-07-2012 05:41 PM


I have looked at Dan’s Plans for these and the design seems exceptional, and the plans are certainly thorough.

I am wondering about how much the lot of materials cost you? Trying to get an idea of the relative cost of building. Thanks for any help.


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