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Project by Don Broussard posted 539 days ago 3723 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I complained a few weeks ago that I didn’t have a router table, so I made one, albeit a crude one. I wanted to see if I will use a router table before I build a more tricked out version. The plans for this bench top model are from Wood Magazine, May 2012, Volume 211. The dimensions of the top are 17 1/2” x 25”. I slightly modified the plans to have the overall width of the base to be 24”, equal to the width of my workbench so I can clamp it to the bench without much fuss. I have an old Craftsman 1HP router with a straight cutter with bottom bearing in it now. I plan to add the drawers and a fence in the next couple of days.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!





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Kevin

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#1 posted 539 days ago

Looks good. I’m all about building it yourself and I’m also all about keeping it simple while still being able to do the job. Looks like you covered both.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 539 days ago

Forgot to mention in the original post that I sanded the project with my RO sander and applied Johnson’s Paste Wax to the project. Also, that I think I set a new “record” for this project—don’t think I went to the store for supplies at all; I had the plywood already (salvaged from a shipping container); I even had the right screws to hold the router through the top!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Vince

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#3 posted 539 days ago

Nice work,
It’s nice to have everything you need to do a project without having to stop and go to the depot.
What I really hate is when run out to get some hardware just to find out I already had it.

-- Vince

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woodworm

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#4 posted 539 days ago

Looks great.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 539 days ago

Looks simple and functional, nice job!

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

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 539 days ago

Nice job, I love my table and use it all the time as I think you will as well. Enjoy.

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

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johnstoneb

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#7 posted 539 days ago

I felt the same way when I built my router table. I use it all the time I have a router dedicated to it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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ShopTinker

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#8 posted 539 days ago

Good idea to make the base the width of your bench to clamp it down. Simple and quick to move it when you need to. Congratulations on not needing to run to the hardware. We all know how seldom that happens.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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SuperCubber

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#9 posted 538 days ago

Don, great job on that router table. I’m actually getting ready to build that same one in the next couple weeks. Any tips you can pass along? Did it go pretty smoothly? Does the fence work well?

Thanks,
Joe

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 538 days ago

@supercubber—I haven’t built a fence yet so I can’t comment on that. I will probably build the fence base and clamping mechanism that was in the Wood Magazine issue cited above but build the fence face from Wood Magazine, November 2004, Volume 159.

As for the plans for the router table itself, the plans and assembly order are pretty straightforward. I used pocket screws and/or glue for most of the assembly. While the cut list is pretty accurate, I wouldn’t cut the trim pieces (E, H, I, and K) from the cut list though—I would mark them against their mating counterparts on the table itself and then cut to those matching dimensions. Verify that your router will fit under the center hole in the table before you cut it. I did not do this, and while my router does fit, it’s pretty close to the drawer divider. Also verify that your router’s collet will allow the full use of your router bit’s profile. I left the table top the full 3/4”, and I don’t think I can use ogee bits or roundover bits since they’ll be under the table. Unless I put in a router table insert that’s thinner or get a new router with a longer shaft, I will probably just have to live with this.

Good luck with your project.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Earlextech

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#11 posted 522 days ago

When I get a chance I will post a picture here of my router table. It was my first woodworking project almost 30 years ago and I still use it all the time. I put mica on the top and an outlet box inside with a switch. I also hinged to the back and I never have to touch the router once it’s been set.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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Don Broussard

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#12 posted 522 days ago

@Earlextech—I would be interested in seeing the fence on your router table. I’m collecting ideas for locking down the fence, mounting jigs and dust collection for designing my fence. I’m still using hand clamps and a straight-edged piece of 3/4” plywood with a semicircle notch for the bit.

I also got a free piece of formica counter top out of which I’m going to make a new table top for my router table. The plywood pictured is slightly bowed. It’s not bad, but bad enough for me to want to replace it.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Earlextech

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#13 posted 522 days ago

Don, I’m in the process of moving, at some point in the next 10 days I will have a picture to post for you.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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