Lowest Budget Router Table

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Project by Eddie posted 02-18-2013 04:58 PM 2128 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A little about me:
I am 25 years old and work as a substation designer for a large power company.
I have been married just over 5 years and live in Portland, Oregon with my wife and 18month old daughter (plus another due in july).

We recently began renting our first real house and the best part is the 300sq ft man-cave separate from the 2-car garage. Outfitted with cabinets, shelving, and long workbench, it is begging me to fill it.

We are a single income family (we have made the choice for my wife to stay home with our children—which has proven to be a harder job than mine will ever be)

Aside from the standard hand tools and power drill I didn’t have a large tool base.

I have began combing craigslist for deals on saws/woodworking tools to add to my collection.

Recently I purchased a 10” sliding miter saw-Harbor freight brand ($15!), Older Craftsman Scroll Saw and blades ($15), Ridgid Router – Fixed/Plunge Base with a 20 piece carbide bit set ($75), and my major gloat is a newer 10” Craftsman table saw and 10’ Craftsman Miter Saw w/ Laser Trac ($40 for both!!!)

While using the router free-hand I decided I should probably have a router table.

I looked over a ton of router plans and also found some good deals on craigslist for beginner table top models.
I thought it would be more fun to make it.

I have a reStore (habitat for humanity’s surplus building supply store) nearby my work and began gathering pieces.

Here is what I managed to get and the prices:

$2 = Countertop (18×33 – 1.5”MDF w/ Formica)
$1 = Various lengths of Laminated MDF
$1 = Steel Router plate randomly found on shelf
FREE = Tall Cabinet
FREE = Miter Gauge off Craigslist
$2 = Knobs for fence (from Ace Hardware)
$.50 = New screws for router baseplate (needed flat head for countersink)

TOTAL = $6.50

Take a look at the pics as I built the table. (Still need to finalize the fence)

Let me know if there is anything I’m doing wrong!!!

I have learned a ton from reading on here and am having a blast fumbling my way through this.

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-18-2013 06:05 PM

Great job on the router table! Love the fact that you did it on a budget of $6.50

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 07:23 PM

Cabinet looks good. I’m pretty jealous of the $1 router plate.

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#3 posted 02-18-2013 07:32 PM

Yea, i wouldnt have choosen steel and it has a few more holes than I would like but I couldnt pass on it for the price.
The volunteers at the reStore that I bought it from had no idea what it was.

Now I just need a drill press to put in a hole to align with my above the table height adjustment….

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#4 posted 02-18-2013 09:20 PM

You’re my kind of shopper. I’ve been meaning to build a router table and I’ve got pretty much everything you’ve used there gathering dust in the garage. About the only improvement I would probably make is to put some kind of vertical fence across it, but if you’re just shaping with flat pieces on the table, you’re fine. There are tons of good fence plans around, though.

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#5 posted 02-19-2013 03:06 AM

Great job! You don’t need to tell anyone it was a budget build, unless you want to gloat & for the bragging rights!!!

As Dakkar said, a taller fence would be very useful & safer. Incorporating dust collection into the fence & under the table would be good also.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Shawn Masterson

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#6 posted 02-19-2013 12:33 PM

that looks sweet. the only thing is I have found that with a 1 piece fence like yours, as you run your piece through the chips fly up at you. you will find it unpleasant.

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#7 posted 02-19-2013 02:42 PM

i would gloat on the budget part. you seem to be one heck of a bargain finder. very well done for that price point.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#8 posted 02-23-2013 12:30 PM

This looks really good and really simple. Thanks for the idea.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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