|Project by Todd||posted 10-28-2013 07:27 PM||2519 views||17 times favorited||11 comments|
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