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Friday, March 9, 2012

Build your own router table

This router table turned out to be a lot of work! I've been planning to make a router table for quite a while and it took me some time to figure out exactly what I wanted in a router table.

I wanted it to be sturdy, and have a reasonably large work surface. I think when I finish the top, it will probably be 34" wide by about 26" deep. I also wanted it higher than most tables. This one stands at 42" high which makes if very comfortable for me.

I decided to make a full cabinet to hold accessories and bits, too. I think I'll even include drill bits.

Finally, I wanted a router table that was relatively inexpensive to make, yet have some design style to it. The frame and panel construction is pretty easy and just required a bunch of 1x3s and some 1/4" plywood.

Next week, I'll work on the top and build a fence and runner system.


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22 comments:

  1. I like the design of the router table so far. you'll be surprised how much you like having it. I switched over from a store bought like you are doing. Absolutly no comparison. Can't wait to see the episode about the top............Dr. Rock

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  2. Great, I really like the simple, straight forward construction. Another project in the "mere mortal" spirit.
    Greatings, Marc

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  3. Are those three drawers on the left all bit drawers? How many bits are you planning on owning? I guess I should watch the video.

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  4. I guess we're just going to have to stay tuned to see how it all works out for you. So far well to begin with I wouldn't have built the thing, it is a waste of floor space, but if I was I wouldn't have glued in the floating panels, I wouldn't have doubled up on the framework, I wouldn't have made so many tiny drawers, and I wouldn't have put the thing on casters either. All for reasons that may become apparent once you get to using it.

    But you look like you're having fun to me so what the heck? I'm jealous the weather is so nice where you're at now. It is still cold here. Supposed to break sometime next week here though.

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    1. There is some room on the sides and back for some more tiny drawers! Never enough space to put the crap that builds up.

      If there is a way to put brakes on the casters then that takes care of two of your concerns. The floor space since he can roll it outside or anywhere in the shop and the casters since well... you don't want your table rolling away when you are feeding a board into the bit lol.

      As far as glue on the panels I guess since it is ply there is no real fear of wood movement so the glue only adds more rigidity to the project. I also like the modular construction even tho I would have done it different also (In the interest of saving the extra lumber!) sine it makes it very simple to put together.

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  5. When I saw the panels being glued in, the first thing that I wondered is whether wood movement would be a problem. Either time or someone with a lot more experience will have to be the answer to that. I like the modular design and look forward seeing the project completed.

    In regards to casters, the gentleman above states that he would not build the project to begin with, so I can understand why he wouldn't put casters on it, but for anyone that would want to build this (and I am one), casters are absolutely necessary. I know very few woodworkers that can spare 30 or 40 square feet of space dedicated to one tool only.a

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  6. Still wondering, did you use a set of plans from somewhere or did you come up with your own design? I'd really like to have the measurements for each module. I do want to build one like it.

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    1. me too would love some measurements

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    2. I would like the measurements to

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  7. I never put casters on projects I don't build.

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  8. I build a table very similar to this several years ago. I used OSB for the panels and glued them in. There has been zero movement in the whole beast.

    I also put non-locking casters on my beast and have yet to have a problem with movement while routing. It is heavy to begin with and loaded down with jigs, bits, and other tools makes it even heavier.

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  9. Grand Mortal,

    Please post plans/materials/cut list...or anyone that has it...thanks

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  10. I noticed in an earlier router vid you did on YouTube that you had what looked like a cheap tabletop router table. Maybe a Craftsman. Did you explain anywhere what was lacking about that simple table, to make building a new fancy one worth the trouble? I know you just wanted to make a new table, as a project, but what were the main reasons in terms of function, that you didn't already have with the little table?

    Thanks.

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  11. This is a great router table..Hats off to the great mortal, but where are the plans,I.E. cutting list?

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  12. Please, please mister woodworkingman post some plans!!!

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    1. Steve do you plan on posting the plans for this online in the near future I would love to build this and do away with my store bought table also will you post the plans for the fence?

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  13. It's been a while since you've done this, and it appears a lot of people want plans but going back and making them now would be difficult. Can you provide some of the dimensions of the table? The frame? The drawers? That way we can reverse engineer it. Also, did you use furring strips for the wood? Love your videos.

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  14. I am in the ever growing (it appears anyways) group of people looking for plans or at least dimensions for this project. Would love to build it during the cold winter months ahead.

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  15. Steve, of all the Router Table builds I've seen online, I like yours the best for my purposes. Do you have a Sktechup available for download? I really can't afford to purchase a Router table with the features I want & need similar to your, and I'd like to see a materials list so I can price it out to see if I can afford to build one. Thanks in advance. Signed, Woody Rookie

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    1. I too would like a copy of your router table plans.

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