Benchtop Router Table

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Project by RJH311 posted 09-30-2012 01:19 AM 5204 views 15 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is what I did with my day today. I’m super psyched about it. My grandfather lent me his old craftsman router and I haven’t been able to make much use of it freehand until today. I finally have a router table! I made it from a 2’ x 4’ sheet of 3/4” MDF. All of the joints are countersunk screwed butt joints (ha). You can see the cuts in the second picture. The only thing I have left to do is cut a space in the middle of the fence for the router bits to pass through. This is going to expand my woodworking exponentially. I’m really excited.

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#1 posted 09-30-2012 02:53 AM

Nice table, for some reason I like looking at router tables. Think I am looking for ideas. LOL. Take care and happy routing.

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#2 posted 09-30-2012 07:41 AM

nice and simple! think it is great that you have built it with your dad, as woodworking is a great thing to learn. and yes using a router free-hand is quite a skill, but keep trying you will get there

-- Greg Durrant of

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#3 posted 09-30-2012 05:11 PM

Simple and functional, a router table needs no more than that. :)

One thing I would check is flatness of the table; it looks a bit bowed in the last pic.
I’d flip the table part over if possible so the bow becomes a crown, which is more desirable in a router table.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 09-30-2012 07:10 PM

Wow! Nice job! I might make something like this now!

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#5 posted 09-30-2012 08:32 PM

It looks awesome. Great project. I know you will get alot use out it. Theres a million things you can do on the router table. Keep up the good work.

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#6 posted 09-30-2012 09:24 PM

Great job! I’m going to build this as well. Thanks so much for sharing.

@NiteWalker – thanks for that information about concave versus convex. I’ll remember this when I make mine.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#7 posted 09-30-2012 11:52 PM

Very nice. It really looks good… clean simple and practical.

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#8 posted 09-30-2012 11:53 PM

Nice and tidy mate.

The concave issue is possibly the weight of the router. Perhaps a couple of stiffeners under the table would keep it straight.

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#9 posted 10-01-2012 01:41 AM

Any chance of posting some plans/drawings/dimensions? I’m in the same boat – have a router, but no table, so I hardly use it. I’d love to try and make something like this.


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Milton Toal

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#10 posted 10-01-2012 04:36 AM

Neat little job. Love it.

Make the top out of 18mm 7 or 9 ply, construction grade and it will not bow easily. Construction grade is fairly cheap and is usually only usable on one side, mostly because of knot-holes in the veneer on the other side. MDF will always bend under the weight. For a temporary fix, make a slow-taper wedge to support the router.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#11 posted 10-01-2012 04:59 AM

well it looks like your ship …er router
has landed

great work

happy times are here again

howard hughes would be jealous
the MDF goose

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 10-01-2012 05:24 AM

I think the bow you’re seeing is the back part of the fence. the tabletop is flat, but the back section of the fence is bowed slightly, so I allowed it to bow in rather than crown out toward the face. It’s super solid on the table though, just the support piece is bowed.

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#13 posted 01-14-2013 12:49 AM

Nice simple table! I will keep it in mind as I need to build one too.

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#14 posted 01-14-2013 01:28 AM

simple, inexpensive and EFFECTIVE. Nice work!

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