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Project by Bigdogs117 posted 07-05-2008 01:09 AM 7638 views 19 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a router table I finished two weeks ago. I got the idea from the new yankee dude. He had too many drawers for me so I thought I would modify it and combine some things I liked from other tables I’ve seen and this is what I came up with. The carcus is made of birch plywood with cherry trim. The doors and drawers are also made of cherry. The top is made of two layers of MDF and stained with red oak and six coats of polyurtherthane on both sides. The router plate came from woodpeckers (highly recommended, alittle pricey, but well worth it). The fence is made of MDF and a couple pieces of melamine. The table height is 40 1/2”. It is taller than most tables but I like it high so I can see what I ‘m doing better.

I use the router alot and I wanted a more funtional table more than anything. I came across 500 Board foot of Cherry at an auction so I use it for trimming out projects. The wood wasn’t taken great care of but it is good for some things like trim. This was a something my shop needed an upgrade in and it turned out to be just what I wanted and was rather fun to build.

-- Rusty





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lew

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#1 posted 07-05-2008 01:23 AM

This is one GREAT router table!!

The fence looks to have everything you would need to assure safety and serviceability.

I am like you, I like to have my table tops and machines a bit higher than “normal”. It’s easier to see and my back doesn’t hurt as much after a day in the shop.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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TedM

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#2 posted 07-05-2008 02:28 AM

Wow! A fine piece of furniture for the shop! And functional too! A router table upgrade has been on my todo list for some time.

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Texasgaloot

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#3 posted 07-05-2008 04:15 AM

Very attractive, and very serviceable. I’m also someone who likes surfaces a bit higher, although that’s an apparent contradiction to my reputation for dragging the backs of my hands when I walk…

Well done!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#4 posted 07-05-2008 05:13 AM

The router tables around here just get better and better. This version is GREAT!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Chris

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#5 posted 07-05-2008 05:40 AM

Outstanding work! I can see you put a lot of thought into the details.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Blake

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#6 posted 07-05-2008 05:40 AM

Nice table! I like mine tall too. I don’t worry about pushing down on the workpiece as much because I use hold down feather boards. So it’s more like pushing the workpiece through the table.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Dave T

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#7 posted 07-05-2008 05:56 AM

Sweet! Great looking shop furniture. I need a router table! I have the plans for the NY, one of these days I’ll have to get to it. I have a Freud fence system sitting in a tool box drawer just itching for a table to put it on…:)

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trifern

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#8 posted 07-05-2008 02:07 PM

Nice looking router table. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Greg Wurst

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#9 posted 07-05-2008 02:27 PM

Great looking router table!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Terry

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#10 posted 07-05-2008 03:10 PM

Of all the router tables based on Norm’s design I have to say this is the best one I have seen. Your table is beautiful.

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Callum Kendall

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#11 posted 07-05-2008 05:54 PM

Great router table!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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jeff robinson

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#12 posted 07-05-2008 07:37 PM

nice looking table

-- jeff robinson, panama city, fl

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#13 posted 07-05-2008 09:13 PM

Crap, I don’t have a router table that nice!

I think Norm has influenced the router table more than anybody else.

It is a nice looking table and I know that it has to be a pleasure to use. It is always deeply gratifying to make a project and then be able to further your production and abilities because of that project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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suliman

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#14 posted 07-05-2008 09:40 PM

IT IS COMMPLEATE AND PROFISHINAL.

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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Bigdogs117

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#15 posted 07-06-2008 04:13 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. This was a very rewarding project and much nicer than I had before.

-- Rusty

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