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Project by Mark Gipson posted 02-24-2013 01:27 PM 3152 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to building my first router table, it took me about 5 minutes of use to realise I should have built it a long time ago, what a useful tool this will be. I pretty much followed the plans exactly except for mounting the station on 4” castors. I didn’t add the door and cabinet dust collection as I only have a vac which would not be able to remove any dust from such a large box. I also think that a bit of extra air intake for the router will not hurt as I live in Thailand and it is hot all year round. The router is a Maktec MT360 attached to a shop made plate I cut from 10mm thick acrylic. Commercial plates are not available here and importing one would cost the same as the router. A future project will be to make a plate with different inserts for different bit openings. I used rubber wood for the drawer fronts instead of plywood to dress it up a little.





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#1 posted 02-24-2013 01:32 PM

Looks great!

-- making sawdust....

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 02:03 PM

That looks both beautiful and functional.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 02:22 PM

Awesome job! What plans did you follow?

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Mark Gipson

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 02:29 PM

@medsker, it’s the New Yankee Workshop plan, I got the drawing from here.

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 02:54 PM

Great Job, with my shop being small and limited on space I choose to have my table on the end of my table saw. With that said, I have always wanted to build one of these. Not only would it be fun to make, there just so practical and useful. I can see you enjoying yours for many years to come. If you ever look for another router in the future Triton is a good choice. You do not need a lift for it, when you remove the plunge spring you can do all adjustments & bit changes from the top of table with never removing the router. It saved me the $$$ of not buying a lift, which can be pricey. Enjoy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Mark Gipson

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 03:12 PM

I don’t really have the room for this either Ken as my shop is tiny, but I have everything on wheels so I can move things in and out of the shop as I need them. The Triton routers look good but we can’t get them in Thailand. The router choice here is very limited. I saw one fixed based router a few years ago but now the only choices are plunge routers from Maktec, Makita, Hitachi and some Chinese and local brands. The Maktec I bought is half the price of any of the others, the difference goes a long way towards buying a dust collector sometime.

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 04:44 PM

First rate job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 05:30 PM

I built the identical router table, as thousands of others did I’m sure, and find it indispensible. A quick word on the dust collection set up on this project. I have a shop vac hooked up to mine with the lines feeding to a shroud at the back of the fence and another in the router housing box. Despite two collection points, it does not collect the wood chips and saw dust very well at all.

For anybody thinking about building one of these you may want to consider using a dust collection system that covers the router base just beneath the table AND on the fence. I think Rockler sells a unit that collects from the router base specifically designed for a router table. The collection port in the router housing/box just doesn’t cut it.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 05:54 PM

well done – looks great. I’m in the process of planning out mine, so was nice to see how yours came together. Solid work!

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#10 posted 02-25-2013 05:10 AM

great router .i have a triton and a ryobi that is similiar to what you both in table mount .the above bit change is useful but not at all that important .seems like i have to make fense changes anyway so popping router out is no big deal . Instead of dealing with making a plate with inserts -just make several different plates ,each with different opening sizes . the vacuum attachment is a box with attached to the back of your fense with hole to shove the vac hose in .the vac is important ,you will find the chips get in the way and mess with your cut . you did a great job on that table .

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Mark Gipson

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#11 posted 02-25-2013 09:08 AM

So far I have found that very few chips get into the cabinet which is surprising, I just vac it out at the end of the day. I don’t think I will bother with any dust collection for the cabinet. The Maktec router is very easy to adjust from under the table thanks to the large height adjustment knob provided. It also came with a dust cover that attaches under the bit when you use it in a table to deflect dust away from being drawn through the motor. I will certainly be building a dust hook up on the fence for my vac, then hopefully switch it to a dust collector in a few months.
I may well just make some more plates with different bit openings, $30 got me enough acrylic for 8 plates, can’t complain about that.

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#12 posted 05-23-2013 12:48 PM

Nice router station, Mark. It looks like you have incorporated a lot of good features!!You’ll love using it. You’re a man after my own heart. I have my switch and cord storage in exactly the same place!!

Can you use the one plate you have and just make inserts for it. That way you would never have to remove the router from the plate. I have a woodpecker quick lift in mine and the inserts screw in with a 1/8 turn. You could make drop in inserts by routing a step all around the largest hole and custom fitting inserts with smaller holes.

..........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Mark Gipson

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#13 posted 05-23-2013 01:12 PM

Jim, it’s quite possible to make a new plate and inserts from acrylic. Router Magic by Bill Hylton has a good description on a method but I don’t have any of the guide bushings or router bits he used. In the end I didn’t want to spend the time working out a different way so I just made another insert with a larger opening as I have plenty of plastic left over. It only took about 20 minutes using the template I made for the first one. I’ll do it when I get annoyed with removing the router from the plate or if it starts to sag.

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#14 posted 05-23-2013 01:19 PM

Wow!. What a great router table. You did a fine job on that. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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