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Project by lumberdog posted 561 days ago 4081 views 39 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I see these tables for sale and i can not afford the price they want so i decided to build one. It isn’t anything fancy but it will get the job done.
I used 1/2” and 3/4” MDF, i laminated a piece of formica on the top for a slick work surface.
The slide brackets on the sides are made from 1/4” grey plexi-glass.
The overall size is 18’ x 17” x 6” high, the fence is 22” long.
The top doesn’t tilt to 45 degrees like i wanted, but i believe i can get some interesting profiles with it anyway.
It was an interesting project and i know i will get a lot of use out of it.
Thanks for looking.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan





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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 561 days ago

I really love the idea.

But you’re going to want to support that thing? That’s a lot of weight hanging off the side of some MDF.

I’m really interested to see what comes of that.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 561 days ago

Well done a very useful tool.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mip

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#3 posted 561 days ago

If you still want the 45 degree capability, all you have to do is make the box deeper from top to bottom. That way you’ll have more clearance to put on taller side brackets for a bigger pivot. I agree with madwilliamflint, you need more support on the back board to hold up that heavy router. I would make the base longer so it extends past the router and attach some triangular blocks from the base to the router board. This is still a pretty nifty router table. And it’s a lot cheaper than what some companies are asking for theirs.

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Scott

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#4 posted 561 days ago

I haven’t seen one of these before. What does this kind of setup come in handy for?

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Kristoffer

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#5 posted 561 days ago

Nice job! Definitely one of my next projects. I agree with supporting the router. Is that a dust collection tube coming out of the side in the fourth picture?

-- Cheers and God Bless

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mafe

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#6 posted 561 days ago

Super cool, it will be a winner in the shop.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Milo

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#7 posted 561 days ago

Scott, with a long straight (2-3”), you can do raised panels and whatnot. With adjustable height, you can make tenons. I made Stumpy’s a few months back, and it’s great.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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harriw

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#8 posted 561 days ago

Very slick! I’ve often thought a horizontal router table would be handy for cutting mortises, but then I start thinking about rigging up some sort of holder for the router, and I lose interest… It never occurred to me to just mount it to a vertical fence like that – very nice!

-- Bill - Western NY

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lumberdog

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#9 posted 561 days ago

The router on the fence the way it is now seems to be pretty solid and i haven’t noticed any sagging, the router will only be mounted during use anyway. If i start having a problem i will make an adjustable brace to place under the router.
I would like to thank everyone for their comments.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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woodshaver

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#10 posted 560 days ago

I love simplicity of this router table! Nice work!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Scott

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#11 posted 560 days ago

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks Milo.

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Straightbowed

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#12 posted 560 days ago

good lookin job on the Jig, thinking about tryin to build one GOOD JOB!

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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oldnovice

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#13 posted 560 days ago

You saved a bunch of money building one of these!

I jury rigged one of these a long time ago and even thought about building one … never did … should have!

You will find a lot of use for this!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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489tad

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#14 posted 560 days ago

Nice looking. Very clean. I made one a while back and added an adjusting screw to the fence plate to dial in the height. A block on the base and a threaded block on the fence. Simple and very helpful.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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lumberdog

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#15 posted 560 days ago

Yes kristoffer, that is for dust collection. i put a divider in the the base to make a smaller cavity for dust collection i use my shop vac.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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