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AJswoodshop

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653 days ago

I have been spending a lot of time designing a router table, and I’m finally getting around to making one. I want something simple, but well built. A few drawers and a nice fence is all I want, maybe even a door that opens to get to the router. Leave me some ideas in the comments!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 653 days ago

This site must have 20-30 folks ho have built router tables I would do a search and check out what others have made.

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 653 days ago

AJ- Check mine out. It cost almost nothing, can be moved out of the way,and has all the “bells and whistles”.http://lumberjocks.com/gfadvm/blog

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 653 days ago

OK, AJ, here is another one to checkout...

One of the best I’ve seen…

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AJswoodshop

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#4 posted 653 days ago

Thanks guys for the comments! Jim, that router table looks nice. I plan on making one similar to that.

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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Tedstor

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#5 posted 653 days ago

Heres the table plan I’m going to use. Mount it on top of a cheap bathroom vanity and call it a day. I can get everything I need (minus the router plate) from the local restore for $20-30.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 653 days ago

Hi AJ. It is good that you are doing research before building a router table/bench. I did the same thing and made a half fast one at first, but take a look at what I came up with below. I love it and love using it every time I pull it into the shop…..............Jim

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/32587

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TeamTurpin

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#7 posted 653 days ago

Joe Lyddon posted: “OK, AJ, here is another one to checkout…

One of the best I’ve seen…”

Oh for crying out loud, Joe. You have no idea how much work you just created for me. I’ve been sitting here waiting for a good deal on a Bench Dog router cabinet so I didn’t have to build one. Now, this video you posted is going to make me have to build one of those instead. Grrrrrrr. (But, thanks!)

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AJswoodshop

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#8 posted 653 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys. Jim, that router table looks really nice! I want it to go right behind my bandsaw, I also want it to be the same hight as my bandsaw.

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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Mark

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#9 posted 653 days ago

hey aj, i’ve been keepin an eye on you. i started out doing woodwork young just like you, keep it up. I’m going on 25 now (meaning im still young). Just let me tell you this one thing. You will never ever stop learning. No matter how much history you have in this trade, always stay open minded. I love your atitude. But on the other hand I have blueprints for a router table I built in trade school which is a pretty solid design. It has two small drawers to hold your bits on one side and one drawer on the other side for the wrench etc. this design involves buying a router table template to mount your router on. So anytime you need to change your bit all you have to do is lift the router off the table. Easy access. If I find it I’ll send it to ya.

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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AJswoodshop

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#10 posted 653 days ago

Mark,

Thanks for the nice comment. Sounds like a good router table to me! Three drawers on each side is what I want, a door that opens to get to the router would be nice too.

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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mIps

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#11 posted 652 days ago

- tedstore: I have basically the same plan but planning on putting my top onto a cabinet for a dedicated table. I was lucky enough to find a counter top on craigslist free. Planning my router lift now. Best of luck to OP!

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woodshaver

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#12 posted 652 days ago

A few ideas for you AJ, I got these form http://www.routerforums.com/



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AJswoodshop

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#13 posted 652 days ago

Woodshaver! That router table is almost the same as my plan! Thanks for the comment!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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NiteWalker

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#14 posted 652 days ago

A few things to think about with that plan;
First, most plans that style have the router compartment too big, especially if you plan on using a lift. A smaller compartment would make for more storage area and more support under the table top.

Another thing is the cabinet underneath. Unless you’ll be putting seldom used items down there it will quickly become a paint to need something that’s in the back of the cabinet and then go searching for it. Drawers are a better option IMHO.

Lastly is the miter slots. Think carefully if you will actually use it. There is nothing that can’t be done without the miter slot on a router table. It just creates a weak point in the table top and a place for chips to collect.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Mark

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#15 posted 652 days ago

well aj, woodshaver pretty much nailed it. only my design didnt have the lower cabinets

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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