Reclaimed Router Table On A Budget

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Project by Mike posted 02-22-2013 03:18 AM 1998 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting a router table for quite some time now, but anything decent has a huge price tag and is completely out of the question on a “real life” budget. I started researching homemade units on LJ and googling it and checking out pictures and plans. I finally took my inspiration from a free plan on the Woodsmith Shop website. I think this is a quality table and can be built on a shoestring budget! I salvaged the table itself from a friend who was going to burn it as it was loose and coming apart. A few new bolts in the right places and its good as new! The lumber for the fence is a couple pieces of solid Ash , reclaimed from an old barn. The sliding part of the fence is some leftover trim work (mdf laminated in white) I had sitting around from a remodeling project. The only money I spent was for the carriage bolts, wing nuts, T track, and a new drill bit. This project is about 90% re purposed materials, and it works nicely! Thanks for looking.

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 06:00 AM

Looks pretty good. I’ve been wanting one of those. The store bought ones are quite expensive. Ill have to refer back to this when the time comes to build my own.

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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#2 posted 02-22-2013 10:53 AM

That’s a nice job

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 03:29 PM

Sheer genius! Love it when folks recycle old lumber and furniture. Thanks for sharing the project.

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 04:50 PM

Looks awsome.
Well done.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 05:49 PM

nice work! I’m in the process of planning out my router table, also somewhat dismayed by prices. I might splurge and buy a lift, but fence and table will be made much like yours. Solid work. Thanks for the post!

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#6 posted 02-22-2013 09:28 PM


-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#7 posted 02-22-2013 09:31 PM

Great Router table!

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

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#8 posted 02-22-2013 09:49 PM

Great job, I have been meaning to build one for a while now and this give me the inspiration I needed.
~ Thanks

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#9 posted 02-23-2013 02:34 AM

Thank you all for the kind words. I had no idea that this would get into the top 15 like it did! Glad I could inspire a few people with this little project! I am very humbled

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#10 posted 02-23-2013 04:48 PM

I am a big fan of using reclaimed wood. I really like this.
Very nice job on a “real life ” budget.

-- oldreddog

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