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Project by JC_WW posted 11-16-2013 04:28 PM 3786 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago (last week of September) I set out to build myself a router table. I though about going simple and just making a bench top model. But as I am new to woodworking, I decided to challenge myself and do something a little more complicated. I decided to base it on the design by Steve Ramsey over at Wood Working for Mere Mortals. I choose it because there were techniques that I had not tried before but I wouldn’t be totally on my own. I changed a few things to incorporate a few more techniques, like miter miter joints on the drawer fronts.

Here is the end result. I got a lot of grief from a fellow wood worker that it was too nice to go in the shop but it was a good skills challenge. I used an old counter top as the table top. I have dedicated the top small drawer for the router accessories, i.e. the wrench, differnt throat plates, and an allen wrench to raise/lower teh router. I made some bit storage out of 2×4 (gasp) scrap and pit it in the next drawer. The bottom drawer holds the plunge base and the cabinet holds the bag for the router. I’m not sure what to do with the other two drawers yet. I do have plans to make a fence one day, but the “Honey do” list is going to trump that…for now.

-- Justin C.





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 11-16-2013 05:46 PM

That router table will be a wonderful addition to your shop. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#2 posted 11-16-2013 05:48 PM

Very nice alright very good work.

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 07:07 PM

I couldn’t make one that nice for the shop because my wife would want it in her kitchen as a
rolling work top. (-:

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-16-2013 09:04 PM

What a great build! I like the illuminated switch that shows that you have power.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 11-16-2013 10:07 PM

Great job

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#6 posted 11-16-2013 10:22 PM

that is an awesome job, Justin! a great interpretation of Steve’s design :) Enjoy many years from it!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#7 posted 11-16-2013 10:45 PM

Very smart to have the outlets. You can never have too many outlets. Great build!

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#8 posted 11-16-2013 11:37 PM

Very nice router table nicely made…well bone.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 11-17-2013 02:08 AM

Very nice work. I need to build a router table and have had my eye on Steve Ramsey’s for over a year. Yours came out looking great.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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JC_WW

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#10 posted 11-17-2013 03:50 AM

LesB, that is exactly what my wife said, luckily it alreday had a big hole in the top by the time she saw it.

Dave, I thought the lighted swith would be an extra safety feature and it has worked well, i have learned to check it before I change bits.

KodaBear, the best part about the sockets is that the bottom one is wired to the switch, so when I turn the router on, the shopvac comes on too.

Thanks for all the comments

-- Justin C.

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Jim Reeves

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#11 posted 11-17-2013 02:11 PM

Very nice job, looks very good, l am as well preparing to make router table simular to Steve’s on his web site.

-- jim

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#12 posted 11-17-2013 03:23 PM

Nice job, nothing is ever to good to go in our shops.It tell who were are as woodworker and that you have pride in your projects… Enjoy

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 11-17-2013 03:46 PM

Very nice router table!! It is nice to have all that storage close by , too.
Are considering a fence for it? They sure come in handy.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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punk

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#14 posted 11-17-2013 04:26 PM

looks real good nice job the extra draws.jigs,fixtures and gagets in time to come you will wish you had more keep up the good work

-- Punk in PA

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#15 posted 11-17-2013 09:15 PM

You deserve nice stuff in your shop … classy looking router table!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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