After replacing my dining table last week I had to find use for the old laminated table. I put it on Craigslist in the free section for all of 2 hours…I had an idea. I have wanted to replace my first router table for a while but didn’t want to invest any money on a table considering I am still using my cheepo Skill router. Nothing fancy but it gets the job done. So my idea was to take the old table and make a router table out of it. The top has a few imperfections but is night and day better than my old one. The plate is from a pallet of laminate floor. Often they put a 2.5’x3.5’ piece of laminate scrap on top of the pallet for shipping. This piece worked out great for a plate. In the rabbit I have 10 flat head machine screws to level the plate. I currently do not have a cabinet for it. My original idea was to just clamp it to a set of sawhorses. I am in the process of building a roll around shop cabinet for my key cutting machine so I figured I would test it on the table to see how I like it. I like it a lot so I suppose a cabinet build will be in the works. A benefit to not having a cabinet yet is I can use the spare cabinet to find out everything I do like and dont like and what I can add or remove before I even build it. The bit hole in the plate was the only thing that went wrong. I put in the largest bit I had and gently screwed the router down (upside down with the plate clamped to sawhorses) and up to get a zero insert hole. Unfortunately I did this with the clamp relesed on the base so it was not centered. After round two I was left with an elongated hole. No biggie. The second half of the table will double as a high fence that will come in handy for any tennon work. Its kinda overkill but then again it works great. I now have a rock solid large surface router table and the best part…100% FREE and one less item to the landfill! The table was completely recycled. The leaf guides will be used on a bed slide for my truck. The 4 legs are going to be used for an upcomming hall table. And the plate was recycled laminate scrap. I have to say, the round shape of the top is great. longer surface areas perpendicular to the fence and on the infeed side. More support where you need it most.
EDIT: I just posted this and showed my wife her old table..she just shook her head and walked away lol
-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com