Router table

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Project by Steelwinky posted 03-19-2007 07:36 AM 3221 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, heres the monster I built this weekend. I realize its not refined and pretty. Truth is, it likely won’t get too much more attention than this. Anyhow, the top was made out of a chunk of bowling alley. I have never used MDF, and was going to make the cabinet out of it, but the local lumber yard has to order “that kind of stuff.” So OSB was the answer. As I am not a fan of following organized plans, I just looked some over and tried to get a few ideas. This is the result. I tried to spray foam the inside area where athe router actually hangs out. This was in an attempt to reduce noise, and I’m not too happy with the results. You can use it without hearing protection now, but it’s still a little louder than I would have liked. This is the first time I have really built anything like this, and cutting the hole for the insert was a bit tricky. It didn’t turn out perfect, but I’ve sure learned a thing or two on this project.

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#1 posted 03-19-2007 07:53 AM

Aren’t you affraid that the foam insulation is going to become a sawdust catcher? If I understand the dust collection setup by the pictures, you have dust collection at the router bit and inside the router cabinet. Why didn’t you use sheet foam insulation? I like the placement of the power switch, but have a concern of you possibly accidentially bumping it with your hip when running a board along your fence. Now all you need are a couple of T-slots for your fence and maybe one for a sled or miter guage and you’ll be finished. Great job for doing it without the use of plans.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Joel Tille

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#2 posted 03-19-2007 01:51 PM

Good job on making a functional table, without plans no less. I agree with Mark on the saw dust on the foam and the switch. Although I see a couple of things I could easily revamp my shop built table with. I like the hinging top, I have to lift out my plate and router. I may try to sound deaden the box, one of those things you just live with but are not sure why.

-- Joel Tille

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#3 posted 03-19-2007 03:10 PM

I hadn’t thought of sound deading mateial either. Seems like a great idea.

A good useful router table.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 03-19-2007 05:27 PM

It looks like a good router table SW. Rather than replacing the foam, maybe you can just put some more OSB over the top of it. Then you have a sound insulating layer, as well as a smooth interior for the dust. It might also be more quiet if the front and sides were closed off as well.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#5 posted 03-19-2007 06:28 PM

Little things like a protected switch didn’t factor into my thinking. I could easily just build a ledge around the switch so you actually have to reach in to turn it on. I thought of sheet foam, but didn’t want to buy a whole sheet for a small project. I thought maybe spray foam would be a better sound deadener. I realized right away that the foam was catching some sawdust, but not as much as you might think. The downdraft gets most of it. I will probably make an osb sandwich like Bill suggested.

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#6 posted 03-20-2007 08:41 AM

SW, this is the KISS principal at it’s best. I’ve been in pursuit of the perfect router table and have now gone through three versions with umpteen dozen modifications to each. I’m still not happy, but it fun trying! LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 04-02-2007 12:27 AM

im needing to make a router table soon, im not going for one this big though, maybe just a small tabletop one. but it looks great! those routers are so loud, i dont know if there is any way to muffle the loud sounds. where did you get the chunk of bowling ally??? thats really cool!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#8 posted 04-17-2009 04:10 AM

Looks like a great functional router table. I’m wanting to make one myself soon, along with my kazillion other projects! My router table will most likely be an enclosed cabinet with a door for access to router. But am seriously looking into a router/table saw extension table, to be all in one, when i make the table saw cabinet.

-- Tim The Toolman Dayton, Ohio

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