my shop-made router table

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Project by StayinBroke posted 01-04-2013 03:19 AM 3204 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!!

-- I'm just me.

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 03:45 AM

Good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 04:02 AM

Very cool! I especially like the gears that you made for the router lift.

-- Brian in Leesburg, GA

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 07:47 AM

I like your very genious mechanisam!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 11:00 AM

Excellent ! Nice job! Thank you for the good ideas!

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 11:50 AM

Nice. Nothing wrong with scavenging materials. At least you, working at these places, seem less dodgy doing it. ;-)

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 01:16 PM

Nice build, came out great.
So, where does the scroll saw reside now? I noticed all your previous projects were made on the scroll saw, do you easily swap the two when needed?
Thanks for showing, home made tools are the best.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 03:12 PM

Thanks all. My scroll saw is bolted to one of my work benches. I tried the stand when I first set it up but was getting way too much vibration.

-- I'm just me.

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 05:35 PM

Looks like you are having a great time!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 01-05-2013 01:54 AM

Shop made, all scavenged parts, wooden gears- what’s not to love!!! Great job!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 01-05-2013 02:23 AM

Electricians are a very inventive group when it comes to solving problems. Looks like you hit a home run with this one, well done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 01-05-2013 04:43 PM

What was that phrase again? Oh yeah, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. Free, recycling, wood gears, above table router height adjustment; needless to say, you did a great job.

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#12 posted 01-05-2013 10:17 PM

The lift mecanism is clever. Great job. Shop-made tools are priceless!



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