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This is the router table I have been working on. Construction details are on my blog.
-- Evil can only thrive when good men do nothing.......E. Burke
May 02, 2008
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#1 posted 05-03-2008 06:52 AM
A great looking table. nice job.
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware firstname.lastname@example.org †
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#2 posted 05-03-2008 07:09 AM
This is one great router table. I love the size. And your use of recycled materials really makes sense. Let us know how you like it once you start using it.
What are your approximate dimensions? I really need to do something about a bigger table, and this looks like a great plan. I read your blog, too. Thanks for posting the information.
-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.
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#3 posted 05-03-2008 01:33 PM
This is a beautiful table. I like its size and mobility. I have been meaning to do something like this as well.
Thanks for the inspiration.
-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine
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#4 posted 05-03-2008 01:35 PM
good looking table. How long did it take you to finish it?
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#5 posted 05-03-2008 02:30 PM
Very nice. I like the storage, large surface area and mobility. Good job.
-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD
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#6 posted 05-03-2008 02:33 PM
Now THAT is a router table!
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"
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#7 posted 05-03-2008 03:48 PM
Awesome router table!
-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.
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#8 posted 05-03-2008 03:55 PM
Are you going to put that in the bedroom or the shop ??? Great work!
-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)
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#9 posted 05-03-2008 04:00 PM
Great looking table…love the size…Bkcherry
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#10 posted 05-03-2008 05:38 PM
That is one great router table! Big!
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX
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#11 posted 05-03-2008 07:26 PM
Sweeeet… Great storage space for all the toys.
-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.
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#12 posted 05-03-2008 09:27 PM
Dave, a great looking outfit…read your blog, but ah…what size is this monster?? Looks substantial! Anything special with the drawers? Full ext slides? Etc. I’m interested as I getting ready to do one myself. Any advise? Thanks.
-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA
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#13 posted 05-03-2008 11:26 PM
Really nice Job, plenty of room to work too!
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#14 posted 05-04-2008 01:50 AM
I think if I was going to commemt on this the word I’d use is SPECTACULAR!! good job
#15 posted 05-04-2008 10:25 AM
Thanks for al the wonderful feedback. There have been a lot of questions about this table, which I will try to address here. First of all…about the size. This was really built with several items of consideration, the biggest being lack of space. I know…it’s huge…as router tables go. Before building this I had a 24” x 96” work bench that was all bench and no storage. This unit is 30” x 60” with lots of drawers for storage. I also needed a router table, so I dropped it in the center. By laying a piece of masonite over it I can also use it as a workbench/assembly bench. Being on wheels it also works as an outfeed table for the table saw. By incorporating all of these into one unit I actually saved a bunch of space. I have a relatively small shop, so all equipment is on rollers and stores against the wall.When I need something I simply roll it out to use it. This arrangement leaves me a large, uncluttered space in the center of the shop to work. It’s not ideal, but it works till I get a bigger shop.
Jjohn…..I probably spent more time planning and re-planning it than I actually spent building it. In light of my inexperience with this type of project, I would say that actual build time was about 30 hours. Were I to build another like it that time would be considerably less.
Odie…thanks for the compliment. When I started out to build it I wanted to use up as much on hand material as possible. (The short on space thing again.) I figured if it didn’t all match I would paint it. After all…it’s a bench….needs to be functional, not pretty. What I had the most of material wise was old oak flooring so I went to work with that. About half way through the face and drawers I started to realize that it was looking fairly good so that is what I finished construction with. And no…...the wife and I have an arrangement…she doesn’t quilt in my shop….I don’t do woodwork in her house.
Critterman….the drawers are nothing special at all. In fact they slide on solid oak runners and pull comepletely out of the cabinet. I have a bad back and knees so I can pull them out and set them on the benchtop to get what I need. Not an ideal situation for many, but it works out great for me. My only advice would be to build what you need and make sure you plan for dust collection if you are indoors.
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