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Forum topic by Andre posted 01-16-2010 08:21 AM 3310 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andre

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01-16-2010 08:21 AM

Anyone ever try to make a router table like this one?

http://suburbanworkshop.com/router-table-with-hinged-top/

-- Andre, Colorado, www.suburbanworkshop.com


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#1 posted 01-16-2010 08:25 AM

Never tried to make one but seen a few finished ones with a top like that that seemed pretty nice, makes it easy to set height, change bits, and swap out the router motor.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 07:36 PM

I made this one probally 5 years ago, has worked real well for me, heck it sat in the weather under a tarp for over 6 months after hurricane Charley took the roof off my old workshop. Im gonna start a new router table hopefully this weekend and still thinking about if I want to hinge it again, its so handy or get a router with height adjustment built in. it makes ya think a little more about how to build your fence though, like take the fence off or have it move with the top. old router table

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 08:22 PM

i also havent made one, but i really like the idea of it. if i every make a new router table i think it will be one like this.

i’m not sure why randy mentions the fence… i mean, the fence would be locked down anyway, so why should it matter if it the table top moves or not? maybe i just havent seen enough router table fence designs :-)

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 08:47 PM

Are legs measuring 4” X 4” really necessary? What are they supporting, 20 pounds, maybe? Plywood or MDF casework makes more sense to me than this crazy post-and-beam design, unless you’re coordinating your router table joinery with your shaker barn workshop, maybe. Randy’s design is much more practical.

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#5 posted 01-17-2010 01:04 AM

Aaron, my first one , only the front 3/4 or so raised up and that ment I had to take the fence off to tilt it, as the fence locked down on the un hinged part ,tilting the entire top cured that.

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#6 posted 01-17-2010 01:43 AM

ah, gotcha.

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 06:14 AM

Poopiecat,

You bring up some good points. Plywood or MDF casework would be practical and offer better storage.

4×4 legs are not necessary, but adding weight to the base of the table offers better machine dynamics (less vibration). Using the 3/8” rod to join the members in the base ensures that the base will be rigid regardless of seasonal movement.

Also, as you alluded to, I wanted to match my workbench.

I guess there is only one way to see if the post and beam is worth anything. I built the base this weekend, and will mount the router shortly.

-- Andre, Colorado, www.suburbanworkshop.com

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#8 posted 01-26-2010 08:03 AM

I have the router table built, but have not made a cut… yet.

You can find the pictures at:

http://suburbanworkshop.com/project-router-table-with-hinged-top/

-- Andre, Colorado, www.suburbanworkshop.com

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