|Project by captfoss||posted 10-27-2012 03:57 AM||4215 views||20 times favorited||7 comments|
This is the design for my horizontal router table, complete with dimensions and a SketchUp Model for anyone who might want to make one of their own.
The design is inspired by Peter Oxley's table
The major components are 2×2s (2×4s ripped in half), 1/8” tempered hardboard, and cheap 3/4” whiteboard for the router mounting plate. Additionally, there are two 14” ball-bearing drawer extensions that I used to mount the router plate to the back frame. All told, I probably invested $15 of hardware into the table, and maybe $10 of wood.
I copied Peter’s design for the raising mechanism, which centers around a 3/8” lag bolt. The lag bolt is inserted upside down, and is basically organized as follows: (from bottom to top) bolt head, washer, top of mounting plate box, hole through top support, T-nut driven into top of top support, t-nut driven into bottom of a small block to serve as a jam nut to lock-in the height, t-nut driven into bottom of shop-built hand wheel, hand wheel, washer, lock washer, jam nut.
An important thing to keep in mind when building it is that each 2×2 you use will have one true, flat surface… the one you sawed. Those flat surfaces need to be aligned as flush as possible (1) for the bottom of the bench (2) for the top of the bench (3) for the front of the back.
I attached the hardboard to the frame using carpet tape, because I assume sometime down the line I’ll need to replace it.
Also, with the design as shown, there’s no way to unmount the router because the mounting screws are blocked by the hardboard. Just make sure that the bottom wood piece of the back can easily be removed, and then you can slide the mounting board out of the drawer slides.