Should I Frame the Router Table?

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Forum topic by Bovine posted 09-06-2010 06:42 AM 1745 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2010 06:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router table question design

I’m designing a mobile router table. It’s going to hold an Incra LS17 fence, so I’ve decided to go with an offset design. I really like Blake's router table and you’ll notice the influence. Here is what I’ve got so far:

Anyway, I’m probably going to build it out of 3/4” Oak Plywood and maybe Red Oak with Maple accents. My question is this…should I use a frame and panel design for the sides and back, or should I just use plywood and cut 1/2” dados for the joints?

Looks are important, but sturdiness is my #1 concern. How would you do this?

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 06:52 AM

You wont sacrifice the table being sturdy by going with a frame and panel design (think of some of the great desks built over time that are 100% frame and panel), that being said its more of a personal choice.

A good frame and panel cabinet will certainly look nice, but a plywood carcass will get the job done.

to answer your question, if it was my build I would lean towards using a quality plywood that I might stain or paint later.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 07:46 AM

This is just my observation, but I’ve noticed that things built with plywood tend to rack a bit over time. Most things I’ve built with plywood are for things that don’t have any vibration/ dynamic movement. I would lean towards frame and panel design. Either way, have fun!!

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 05:43 AM

I appreciate the comments! I’ve done several frame/panel projects before but no carcase ones. I’ve talked to some others and along with the input here I think I’ll give the carcass a try. It’s something I’ve never done and as they say….shop furniture projects are for trying new things. If I have to re-build it in a few years, then it’s another excuse to do a project. :)

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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