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KEVMO11

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04-16-2018 07:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router table

Hello All,

Just wanted to get some opinions on this.

I came across this Kitchen Island on Facebook Marketplace and immediately thought Router Table. With a few modification I definitely think it could work.

Any thoughts?...for $35 I might just have to give it a shot…


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fivecodys

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#1 posted 04-16-2018 10:35 PM

That’s interesting.
Certainly has that look doesn’t it?
Might be too rickety though.
You need something beefy that isn’t going to rack when you push on it.

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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#2 posted 04-16-2018 11:04 PM

Only question is the amount of flex in the top. The cabinet can be stiffened in a jiffy. Cheaper than you can buy the materials.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 04-16-2018 11:21 PM

That looks fine to me. Take out the drawer and doors and re-divide the interior with partitions. Inlay one of the metal router table plates or better yet get a router lift from Jessem or CRW and install it. Then add a fence and aluminum channels and your are set. As stated you can’t buy the materials for the cabinet and top $35.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 04-16-2018 11:47 PM

As I see it, the possible drawback would be if it isn’t flat. Also, it appears that the table is glued up solid wood. If it is, it might be difficult to keep it flat, depending on the environment in your shop. That’s why mdf is a good choice for a router table.

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#5 posted 04-17-2018 05:17 PM

You can always top it off with a layer of MDF. The “butcher block” base will keep things solid.


As I see it, the possible drawback would be if it isn’t flat. Also, it appears that the table is glued up solid wood. If it is, it might be difficult to keep it flat, depending on the environment in your shop. That’s why mdf is a good choice for a router table.

- Gripbd


-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 04-17-2018 06:38 PM

I’d pass, too much work to make it suitable. By the time you beef up the top and remove the drawer and then try to add more drawers and shelves you’re going to have more headaches than if you start from scratch. I’d rather design from scratch and make it exactly how I want it. Yes, it may cost more that way. A router table is something I use on nearly every project, and routers have tons of accessories so good storage is an essential part of a router table. It is going to be hard to add those features to an existing cabinet.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 04-18-2018 02:19 PM

Thank you guys for the advice. I offered her 25 and she accepted so even If I don’t end up going the Router Table route, I’m sure I can come up with something for it. (Or it’ll sit in the corner for a few years – HA)

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