Multi-functional workbench

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Project by chadgr posted 02-03-2013 06:39 PM 3172 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting a new router table as my old one was a bench top model which wasn’t very sturdy, I got started by going to my local builders yard and bought construction grade timber (sawn not square edge). I had certain criteria for this Multi-functional table one it must be cheap, 2 it must be sturdy 3 it must be functional and easy to use otherwise I would put off using it. The frame is held together with wood screws, the top is a recycled chip board sheet from a desk, 50mm rubber castors allow the unit to be rolled around. I have a plunge router and still wanting a router lift I designed this very simple router lift just using a old wheel as a handle and a threaded T-nut with matching threaded rod, when the handle is spun the router is pushed up/down. The router is attached to a 9mm birch plywood base it has large screws under it so that it can be leveled. I routed a miter slot that was just the right size for my table saw miter gauge, the fence is taken from Steve from watch his router table video for how to make it. I like the height of the table and the weight as it is heavy enough not to rock about but also light enough to roll around easily.
Thanks for viewing, Chad Aged 14

-- Chad Griffiths Vist my Etsy Shop

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#1 posted 02-03-2013 06:51 PM

It looks great. It will serve you well and your router will never know it is inexpensive.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-03-2013 07:58 PM

great table!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 08:27 PM

Now you need to scrounge up some boards to make a lower shelf that will hold stuff you need.

Good job on your build. It should serve you well.
Check out my projects. Maybe some of them will give you some inspirations.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 02-04-2013 02:17 AM

Good job on the work multi functional workbench.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 02-04-2013 02:45 AM

excellent Bench !

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#6 posted 02-04-2013 04:06 AM

Nice work, Chad! Congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#7 posted 02-04-2013 07:29 AM

Simple and functional. Nice job!

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#8 posted 02-04-2013 07:33 AM

Good job, i think it could work very well. Go on like this!
Thank you for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#9 posted 02-05-2013 02:52 PM

You nailed it! You made what you wished for, an affordable, sturdy and very useful work bench. Way to go!


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#10 posted 06-24-2013 08:50 PM

Well done, if it works for you that’s what counts, I started in a very similar way, maybe you would like to have some ideas about a multi work bench

Good luck

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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