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Forum topic by silverdog posted 02-11-2011 07:16 AM 1244 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2011 07:16 AM

ok i got my table saw and iam going to buy a delta t2 fence. thanks for all that replied it helped alot. now for the thing i have been dreading the most. router table, not sure why ive been dreading this i think it becuase i have really never used a router. i was going to buy the table and build the stand. but after read all the forums here and other places i think i should just sack up and build my own. any suggestions on plans for a top and stand. thanks in advance. this is by far the best forum ive seen.

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 05:04 PM

in my opinion i say build it. there are a gazillion plans and posts out there. look at them, decide what you like and don’t like, and design your own. the only advice i will give, as you will get a lot, is to make sure the top is thick enough to support the weight of the router so it does not sag over time. my suggestion is an inch and a half thick. other than that, use your imagination.

good luck.

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 05:13 PM

I can only add make the top a torsion box top, this way it will stay dead flat. As far as the base goes that depends on if you have the space or need space if you have the space make a free standing router and if you need the space put it in the end of the table saw. Plans, I would go with the New Yankee Workshop router table plan that seems to be a good and versitile one again if you have the space. LOL ;) Good Luck! keep us posted?

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 05:36 PM

You’re looking for opinions, so here’s mine: I’d build the New Yankee Workshop Deluxe Router Table… I did.
You can still order the plans, and they are easy to follow, if you know how to read plans….It has a massive 1 1/2” thick top made of MDF, and uses plywood for the carcass…. A little hardwood trim of your choice, and you’re good to go. The only thing that might scare you is cutting out the hole for the router plate…it has to be precise, if you’ve never did it before it might be a little intimidating….Other than that, it has all the features you’d need for a good solid table…..That’s my opinion…. Go to my home, look under my workshop pictures, and you’ll see it…I built mine about 3 years ago, and I’ve never looked back….Happy hunting…...

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 08:30 PM

Building your own is the best idea. You can get what you really really want without spending a ton of money.
Like was already mentioned you can get plans for norms router table off the new yankee website.
Im looking into getting a scrab slab of 1” 1/2 laminate counter top from my shop at work for a router table at my home shop. that being said you could always check a local cabinet shop to see if they have anything like that.

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#5 posted 02-13-2011 06:24 AM

I second Rick’s opinion… The New Yankee Workshop design has served me damned well. I might change a few things; there is more bit storage than I’ll ever use, the router box is far too large for even the biggest router and I really wanna relocate the switch to the front. But these are all minor bitches.

Fact is, the NYW design is solid, stable, big enough to be more useful than all but the largest shapers and the design is time-tested. There’s a reason there are so many of these listed on LJ projects.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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