|Project by StayinBroke||posted 01-04-2013 03:19 AM||3344 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
Here’s a few pics of my shop made router table. With me being pretty much broke most of the time, I have to use what I have, or can find, a lot of the time. Most of the time I can do pretty decent. Being an electrician that does mainly new commercial construction work helps a lot though. Most of the time, I can find what I need in the construction trash dumpster at whatever job site I’m on at the time. It’s amazing what gets thrown out on a daily basis on a construction site. I didn’t buy a thing to make this router table. Not even the plunge router!! A friend of mine gave that to me for making a display case for his wife to display a memento of her father.
Ok, so the table itself is 3/4”oak, and came from a large oak cabinet I scavenged from a job site. The fence is a 2×4 that I pulled out of a dumpster at another job I was on. I squared up one edge on my table saw, routed a cove for the bits and bolted it to, can you guess?? My table saw fence! I intentionally made the router table as wide as my table saw just for that reason. Works like a charm! I made the frame of my router lift with more free dumpster 2×4’s and some 3/8” threaded rod that got thrown out. The gears I cut from 3/4” pine plywood from, you guessed it, a dumpster at work. It is all mounted on the stand that came with a scroll saw that I got as a Christmas gift. So, can you say free router table??!!! SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It just took a lot of thinking and planning.
During the corse of all of this I had to keep in mind that I was going to have to store it in my 8’x8’ shed that I call a workshop, so I made it so it could be completely disassembled to store the parts wherever I could fit them. That’s what the last pic is. It’s broken down ready to be put wherever there’s a free spot, and I had to hunt pretty hard!!
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