Great Router Table

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Project by Dan Campebell posted 01-08-2013 02:06 PM 2936 views 18 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have tried both the large and small router tables over the years and find that most if not all of them to have their “downside”. I decided that I like and need the basics. I built this router table from a plan in Fine Woodworking because it can be adapted to suit my needs both in accuracy and ease of use. All wood used is maple and I used black Formica on shop grade plywood for the table and fence surface. The router lift is Rockler’s FX (inexpensive and simple to operate). The lift plate incorporates Kreg’s plate levelers. When not in use the router can be stored in a small area and the legs adjust to whatever table height you would like to clamp to. The table top is 48” x 24”.

-- Dan Campbell

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 02:14 PM

Perfect! I have been working on (off and on) a router table for a year. I keep walking away from it. Yours is simple and motivation for me. I saved it to my faovites.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 02:42 PM

great job and a very nice router table!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 11:10 PM

Nice job Dan!

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 01:13 AM

very nice!

Just a point to watch out for in the future. My Incra table is 1.75” thick. It’s reinforced with angle iron in two directions. But over the years it has changed shape and, unfortunately, it’s not flat anymore.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 10:42 AM

Looks great. One issue is dust collection. Is this hooked up to a shop vac of some sort? I built one on top of a closed box with a hinged front door. It’s amazing the amount of dust and particles that collect inside the box. I also attach a shop vac collector funnel to the rear of the router bit.


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Dan Campebell

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 12:36 PM

Yes, I do have a dust port box (4” square) behind the fence; the opening in the fence is small enough to allow my shop vac to create good suction directly off the bit. One thing I forgot to mention is the Rockler fine adjustment screw that can make fine adjustments to the fence (both in and out). As I mentioned in my original description the basic idea behind the design is to allow simple and accurate routing without the elaborate storage and to minumize the room the router table takes for it’s storage. If you think you will do a lot of router work requiring miniscule set up, this is not the kind of table for your needs. This table was built for furniture and remodeling work. I had the Incra Fence and it is very accurate, but also very fussy….... I wanted to get away from that kind of set up.

-- Dan Campbell

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 12:54 PM

Nice job!
I liked that design when I saw it on FWW. Lots of space.

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

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 02:22 PM

Thanks for the tip on the life. Its on sale right now at rockler 169.99

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#9 posted 04-06-2013 04:10 AM

I’m planning on building a router table as an extension on my TS. I’m looking at lifts and have wondered about the Rockler FX you’re using. Do you like it? Pros and cons?

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Dan Campebell

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#10 posted 01-05-2014 03:32 AM

I have had the Rockler lift about a year now and it has performed very well. I now have most of my router equipment and bit within reach and find the set up to be pretty efficient. I know there are many other lifts out there and I am sure some of them are excellent but for the price and ease of use, I think the Rockler is very good.

-- Dan Campbell

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#11 posted 01-05-2014 03:40 AM

Outstanding design and execution. Now you just have to sell the Bosch RT :)

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Dan Campebell

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#12 posted 01-05-2014 03:44 AM

I gave it to a young man (elementary school teacher with a family). I do remember what it was like starting out with a family. Anyway, I am sure if will fit his needs for a while.

-- Dan Campbell

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