Router Table

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Project by mitchota posted 10-25-2012 04:16 AM 2976 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished up my router table today. I got it stained up and put a couple coats of polyurethane to protect the wood. The top is made out of two pieces of 3/4” MDF that are glued and screwed together, and edged in pine that I pulled from the cull cart at Home Depot. I got the router plate from Rockler since they were selling the plate for my router (Hitachi KM12VC) for $30. The miter track and safety switch are also from Rockler. The carcase is made up of Purebond Oak plywood that I also got from Home Depot.

Dust collection is basically through the fence only. I didn’t want to go through the trouble of making a door for the router opening and from what I can see online, in-the-cabinet dust collection is sketchy at best. If anything, I’ll just disconnect the hose from the fence and vac out the cabinet afterwards.

As I mentioned in my blog, I took inspiration for this from the New Yankee Workshop Deluxe Router Station and also from Steve Ramsey’s table on Woodworking for Mere Mortals. Building this was my second attempt at building a cabinet-styled project, and it was much easier than my first project.

Overall I’m glad at how it turned out. Ironically, I actually used it before it was done to mill some parts of the fence and it worked great when it was incomplete, so I’m sure it will be even better now that it’s a complete unit.

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 07:26 AM

Nice looking RT, I’m sure you’ll be able to churn out some super trim and mouldings with it. If you look after it it will serve you well for years.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#2 posted 10-25-2012 10:29 AM

Nice job a nice RT always is a great addition to the shop.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-25-2012 01:00 PM

Great router table. You’ll love using it!!
Thanks for sharing!!..................Jim

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

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#4 posted 10-25-2012 03:57 PM

YES that is a very nice looking replica of the great Norm!!.
One of your knobs must of fell off though?
I really like how the grain is on this build. Looks like you glued a panel onto the front and then cut away the drawer fronts and was done!! I have heard this before about keeping the grain running to flow with the project but was kinda uneducated on this. I can really see this on here and I must say it looks awesome the way you did the fronts.
BTW glance under the table this afternoon and see if you can see where that other knob fell off at.

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#5 posted 10-25-2012 04:01 PM

You make Norm proud,well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 10-25-2012 04:21 PM

Great job..
Sorry for the double post

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#7 posted 10-25-2012 08:28 PM

Excellent job!
I followed your blog series on this.

I agree about the router compartment; for most cuts, dust collection at the fence is good enough.

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

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#8 posted 10-25-2012 09:44 PM

Great built. Brilliant idea for the multiple drawers.

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#9 posted 10-25-2012 09:50 PM

Very Nice and best part you will enjoyit for many years to come…....

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#10 posted 10-25-2012 10:50 PM

Mixed looks with function for great results. I just picked up an old “New Yankee workshop” book and am looking forward to trying some of the products in there.

From what I have read, Norm is far more than just a TV show host. Long before he was noted as a consummate craftsman just as at home with hand tools as he is all those gorgeous power tools.

I sometimes tire of those shows that seem to exist to promote the latest and fanciest power tools and won’t even use a hand tool for anything. I mean who has all those toys to play with?!

I know, I know, some folk do have all those but, most of us have to do without some machine or two or other and do some things by hand. It would be nice to see a ”Poor Yankee Workshop” kind of show now and then!

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#11 posted 10-26-2012 12:33 AM

I see that r4512 in the background ;)

Looks like a great router table to go along with a great table saw!

-- Adam from Indiana -

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#12 posted 10-26-2012 03:04 AM

Jason – no, I’m not missing a knob. That top right hand “drawer” is actually just a dead panel that covers the space where the switch wiring goes. I thought about putting a knob on it to make it actually look like a drawer, but I changed my mind. I have a couple of other projects I want to make in the near future, and I bought a 10-pack of knobs and I’m going to need those other 5 knobs for the drawers on that project and I really don’t want to go out and buy another pack of knobs. It was more an issue of me being cheap over anything else..hahaha

Jim55 – I do agree that those shows that seem to feature all the tools on the planet aren’t really that fun to watch. I really enjoy watching the older New Yankee Workshop shows before Norm’s workshop got stocked with a lot of things I’d never own, like that Timesaver wide belt sander. I really get a kick out of the first couple seasons before Norm even got extension tables for the Unisaw. The walls are bare and he breaks out the hammer to drive nails. I really love those, and I feel like I can make those projects because he’s using tools I actually own.

Adam – yes, that’s a R4512, and I love it. I wouldn’t have been able to pull this project off without it.

Thanks to everyone who’s commented on this. This is the first project I decided to put up for everyone on LJ to look at and comment on, and I’m glad that I seem to be on the right track with what I’m doing.

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#13 posted 10-26-2012 05:13 PM

Great build. I added a lot to my router table including a shop made above the table height adjustment, dust collection integrated with sound suppression, top with levelers, and a air sled base. Take a look in my projects and let me know what you think.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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