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Project by Radu posted 444 days ago 2475 views 25 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my router table top. It’s not as fancy as other ones but very functional. It is 32” x 24”. Built of materials I had on hand. Two layers of particle board topped with hardboard. I also built a few feather boards. I will eventually build a cabinet for it and get some sort of dust collection. The router insert is just a piece of laminate flooring – I made a few with different size holes.





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Retsof

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#1 posted 444 days ago

I think your router table top and accessories look prettier than most I’ve seen. Very clean and functional looking. I hope it serves you well for many years.

Regards,

Jeff

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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A.Scott

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#2 posted 444 days ago

This is a very nice looking router table top, good job!

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SawdustTX

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#3 posted 444 days ago

That’s a beauty!

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jeff

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#4 posted 444 days ago

your router table top and feather boards look very nice,definitely will serve you well…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#5 posted 444 days ago

It’s not as fancy as other ones but very functional.

I think your table top is beautiful! ...and functional!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 444 days ago

Very innovative, love it. Thanks for sharing.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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Milo

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#7 posted 444 days ago

wow….

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Routerisstillmyname

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#8 posted 443 days ago

TWITA

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 443 days ago

Good looking RT.
It reminds me of my first one although it was not nearly as large and didn’t have all the accessories.

Routerisstillmyname what is TWITA?

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

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Grumpymike

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#10 posted 443 days ago

“It’s not as fancy as other ones but very functional.”
I think you are being bashful. Your router table has all the features any commercial table has … Oh, except the little bell at the end that lets you know that the board has past the bit … (think typewriter)?
Great job on this table, I used my “home brew” router table for 16 years and just retired it lately.
I think that yours will out last the one I built.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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chopnhack

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#11 posted 443 days ago

Good work Radu! I made one similar without the added, but IMHO completely necessary accessories a long time ago and also used a laminate scrap. It held up my m12v – the old hitachi beast very well. The only thing I did to increase the rigidity around the router cutout was put in a couple of ripped down 2×4’s to stiffen the underside. Just don’t put them too close or you will have a hard time getting at the router ;-) been there done that.

I like how you used finish on the top, very good thinking, makes it smoother and slicker. If you want you can even wax it.

When you do add the cabinet, put a dust port with a blast gate opposite your dust collection port, the small opening around the router bit is usually not enough space to allow make up air to flow through.

Again, congrats – I wish I still had my RT, the shop is not complete without one!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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docspencer

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#12 posted 443 days ago

The use of hardboard was a great idea. Using flooring for the insert is inspired.

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Radu

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#13 posted 443 days ago

Thank you everybody for the nice words. Now I need to put it to more use. All surfaces are coated with shellac and waxed. I am planning on building a rack on the wall to ensure it stays straight when not in use. The feather boards can also be used a stop blocks if I flip them upside down.
Again, I used materials I had on hand, mostly picked up from the cull lumber cart at HD (I am actually very disappointed that the HD, close to me, has given up the cull lumber cart. I asked what happened and I was told they don’t cut sheeting goods in the store any more. I wonder if this happened in all stores).

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ASUAlumni02

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#14 posted 443 days ago

Nice!

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JJohnston

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#15 posted 443 days ago

I don’t know if you were going for the saltillo tile look, but you certainly got it.

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