My router table journey

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Blog entry by AlBCuttnWud posted 01-17-2011 06:56 PM 2503 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been using a Rockler router table for years. It is the basic metal frame and top. The wheels are literally worn off and it’s just not a steady as I prefer. So here I am routing away yesterday on a project and the table loses a little traction on the floor…..messed up a pattern and the stock I was using….not to mention the safety concern.

So later yesterday I had to stop by Home Depot, also known as Hundred Dollars, to pick up a few small things for honey-dos around the house when I came across this seamingly good deal on a sheet of plywood. Well, honey-dos didn’t even get started but was able to get mose of the carcass cut out for a router cabinet. I’m thinking I might need half another sheet of plywood for the back and hope to use scraps I have already to make the doors and drawers. Estimating at the current investment of $25 for the plywood, I’ll be able to get this completed with less than $100.

So the next time you see a sheet of plywood at Home Depot, there’s a router table just screaming to get out..ha. I’ll post updates as I go.

-- -Al, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 08:00 PM

sounds like a good deal on the ply – how is the quality of that ply compared to, for instance, their birch ply (what I usually buy, but have to swallow hard every time I do). I can’t wait to see how the finished table/cabinet turn out.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 11:52 PM

Just what I need a cabinet for the router table ... I will be watching..

-- Be safe.

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 06:34 PM

Here’s a few from last week that I am just now getting a chance to post. Updates from the last pictures are the wheels, the right side drawers, and the top installed. I now have the bottom drawers made and installed. I’ll try to get some pictures posted later.

This project isn’t showroom furniture quiality but have really enjoyed working on it. I’ve learned a ton of things to do differently if I was ever to make anohter one or something similar. I have also made every effort to conservie funds which is another challenge in itself. More to follow.

-- -Al, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 05:49 AM

Love to see detail photos of the router mount.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#5 posted 01-01-2015 10:00 AM

Looking good. I use that same router table top. I think it works great. What router do you use?

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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