Router Table on the Cheap #1: The Beginning...

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Blog entry by 47phord posted 08-12-2012 08:33 PM 2201 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Let me start this off by saying that I am not only a novice woodworker, but I am also a BROKE novice woodworker so…
I scored this crappy old particle board cabinet for free at a garage sale. I have been wanting a router table for a while now, but haven’t been able to part with the green and this cabinet is the perfect size. As you can see, it is kinda sad:

Flimsy would be the best way to describe it. I started off by making a bottom out of some old 3/4” CDX plywood I had laying around:

After nailing and gluing that in place, I made a back out of some scrap 1/4” oak ply and attached it with brads:

Here you can see where I added some gussets to the back corners to keep the cheapo cabinet from racking:

Next is the removable shelf for the inside. I wanted it to go the whole length inside the cabinet so I had to add a 4” filler piece to the front of that. Once again, I dipped into my scrap bin and found a piece of 3/4” oak ply. I cut that to size and attached it to the shelf with glue and #10 biscuits.

Here is an overhead shot with the newly lengthened shelf installed. I attached it to the cabinet permanently with screws and that was a simple matter of drilling out the existing shelf-pin holes. You’ll also note that I added some screw-blocks for attaching a top.

That’s where I am at so far and the best part is it hasn’t cost me a single dime. I will have to spend some money for a top, I’m thinking melamine for that. Then some t-track for the fence, some casters for mobility and a router plate. Then I will have buy the actual router (which I have been planning to do anyways). I’ll give y’all an update when I get there.

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 09:17 PM

As a beginning woodworker on the cheap as well, I love it. I would have grabbed the cabinet up for my shop but probably would not have thought about it as a router cabinet. can’t wait to see the update

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#2 posted 08-12-2012 09:57 PM

Here is some cannon fodder for you to think about while you are engineering your router table.
Just a simple Harbor Freight table/plunge router…with a scissor jack for a router lift.

If you haven’t already seen Steve’s video, check out his table, and specifically the way he tightens his fence. Looks pretty easy.

Good luck.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 08-12-2012 10:57 PM

Check with a couple of cabinet shops and counter top shops. You should be able to put together a fine top using sink cutouts. You might even score some Corian cutouts (I got half a dozen from a counter top shop).

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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