|Project by mitchota||posted 10-25-2012 04:16 AM||1867 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
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.