Another NYW Router Table

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Project by smitty22 posted 08-01-2013 12:49 AM 5758 views 27 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

-- Smitty

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 12:58 AM

The first project – 10 drawer pulls!

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 01:46 AM

I need to make me one. Nice job!

-- Why does this greenish soft "hardwood" have a lot of friends? Because it's poplar.

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 03:15 AM

Nice work! Tons of space. Well done!

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

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Kirk Hutcherson

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 03:43 AM

Î am building one right now! I hope it turns out nearly as good as yours did!

I am planning on incorporating a lifting top to make it easier to access the router to change bits.

-- Kirk

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 03:51 AM

I need to build one for myself. That is one nice looking router station.

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#6 posted 08-01-2013 05:14 AM

Wow! this is very nice table, I need one, unfortunatelly dont have the space for it. very nice table!!!!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 06:01 AM

Very nice router table, plenty of drawers and storage for bits ect. Great job, looks fantastic.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#8 posted 08-01-2013 06:51 AM

I made myself a SIMPLE router table some time ago, no drawers, just the table top with legs, and have been thinking of making myself a new one.
Was looking at all the different tables out there, for some ideas. And I believe I found the one I was looking for… I think I will be borrowing your idea…

This is cool, thanks for sharing!

-- Riaan

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#9 posted 08-01-2013 11:27 AM

Smitty, this table appears not only Functional, but the clean lines and addition of oak make it stand tall ! Very well built to boot ! Goodon’ya !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#10 posted 08-01-2013 11:35 AM

Great job!
Norm’s design has always been my favorite.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#11 posted 08-01-2013 12:30 PM

Nice build! I have been living with a NYW router table for several years now and, like you, I wonder how I ever lived without it.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#12 posted 08-01-2013 01:20 PM

This looks fabulous. A router table will be my next big build. I’m going to favourite this.
Well done and I love the handles and wood choice.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#14 posted 08-01-2013 04:55 PM

I also built the “Norm” router a few years back, and I went by the plans and DVD…..Pretty much stuck to the original, except I made a solid door out of 1/4” ply to match the rest of the cabinet, instead of the glass door…...Everything else is the same, including the MDF laminated top and fences…....Here’s a shot of mine….

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#15 posted 08-01-2013 07:01 PM

I love both of these, and am about to make a router table with a difference.I was advised to buy a small spindle moulder fence with hold downs and hold ins which will be perfect.And when I am done I will show you it finished Kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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