|Project by smitty22||posted 08-01-2013 12:49 AM||10652 views||30 times favorited||25 comments|
Yep, here’s another New Yankee Workshop router table… Thanks Norm! Based on my web searches, this has to be one of the most popular woodworking projects ever, with many great examples here on LJ.
My version uses the Rockler HD-MDF laminate router table/top and fence, seems to work well and speeded up the build considerably. A Porter-Cable 895 with the integral router table lift hangs inside, although my plan is to go with the 7518 and aftermarket lift someday.
Construction was pretty much per the plans with a few little tweaks here and there: good-quality casters from Woodcraft, oak for the faceframe and few of the structural parts, and a ¼-20 hold-down bolt system for the top. The carcase used the pine multi-lam plywood from BORG store, which was mistake, the extra cost for good Baltic birch ply is worth it. Drawers in this case used the BB ply, good stuff. First use of the table was to make the oak drawer pulls, and from that I don’t know how I’ve lived without a router table for so long!
This was a fun project although the 3 month build took longer than expected, done during rehab from shoulder surgery (please don’t tell my therapist). Several mistakes crept in and I recovered, learned from them, and will do better on the next one!
And finally, much credit is due to Dan Phalen (crestonWood Plans) for his excellent ULTIMATE ROUTER TABLE PLANS, both the SketchUp model and construction plan… These were invaluable!
Several ideas from Scott’s youtube video on StarkeyWoodwriights also made their way into my build, specifically a little taller worksurface (37”), taller bit storage drawers, and homemade drawer pulls. Thanks Scott!
Hope you enjoy the pictures!