Mobile Router Table Base

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Project by Todd posted 10-28-2013 07:27 PM 3541 views 16 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This router table base is made from oak ply and solid red oak boards. I had various sizes of red oak boards that I made panel boards from to use for the drawers. The face frame is 1.5” wide red oak. I had some semi-gloss poly left over from another project so I just clear-coated it. I’m a big fan of wood in it’s natural state.

I designed the base so that I could access the router from above by using a piano hinge on the router table attachment to the base. I wanted the safety switch mounted up front but I also wanted under the table access. I solved this by building the switch into the access door which opens downward. I used a power tool replacement cord, ran it through the back of the base to the switch, and and terminated it with a female 15A connector to plug the router into. The switch I used is magnetic, so that if the router is on when power is lost then when power is restored the router will not remain on. You can see this arrangement in the pictures. FYI: I did add a strain relief to the power cord after these pics were taken.

For portability the base is on casters; however, I wanted the table to be stable without relying on caster brakes. My solution was to create “feet” (I don’t know what to call them) that are held out of the way by earth magnets for mobility and can be positioned under each side when the table needs to be fixed and stable. I have a handle on each side of the base I use to lift up slightly and use my foot to pivot the foot under the base. The feet are attached with piano hinges. You can see this in the pictures as well.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#1 posted 10-28-2013 07:46 PM

Very nice.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 10-28-2013 08:30 PM

looks great, how do you like the Triton, i’m getting one very soon myself, the 3-1/4hp. I really like the “leg” idea as well. Nice work

-- John Gray

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#3 posted 10-28-2013 08:52 PM

Thanks John and Mike. John, that is a Triton 3-1/4HP you see. I love it, especially with the built-in above the table lift and bit change. However, you cannot fully raise and lock the collet unless you turn the power switch off on the router. I understand why it is built like that but make sure you have easy under-the-table access for bit changes. Hence, the reason I designed my base that way.

Also, they must have changed the collet wrench size on the 3-1/4HP. When I ordered a bent wrench for the 3-1/4HP model it didn’t fit. I measured, and sure enough the wrench size should have been 15/16”. I’d be interested to know what size wrench yours requires.

If you remove the plunge spring for table use be VERY CAREFUL. It will pop out of there at high velocity if you’re not careful!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#4 posted 10-28-2013 09:18 PM

I want one too!
Looks really well planned – great job

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 10-29-2013 01:24 AM

Looks great! Looking to build something like this so thanks for sharing!

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#6 posted 10-29-2013 05:54 AM

Great job and welcome to LJ’s

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 10-29-2013 08:30 AM

That’s a very nice router table, first glacĂ© it looked like it belonged in a Dr. Office as it’s so fancy finish. Well done I’d say, keep the posts coming. Ever build a horizontal router table lif ?? Me not yet but sure would like one on my built in router table that could be permanent and what not? Any ideas? Thanks

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#8 posted 10-29-2013 02:08 PM

Geoff, I don’t have any experience with a horizontal router table but for the kind comments!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#9 posted 11-22-2013 08:06 PM

This is the kind of thing I wanted to build, but I just don’t have the skill for it yet. Nice job, very beautiful.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#10 posted 11-23-2013 06:50 PM

Jerry my skills are still developing. I bet you can do more than you give yourself credit for! Thanks for the kind comment though!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#11 posted 01-17-2014 01:49 AM

Nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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