Norm Abram Router Table #2: Finishing Up

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Blog entry by Litrenta posted 10-30-2013 04:44 PM 3509 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Cabinet & Top Part 2 of Norm Abram Router Table series Part 3: Router Lift »

Well it’s been quite a while since I wrote an entry for this but I figured I would share the finished product. I hadn’t needed to use my router throughout the summer on most of the projects I was working on so it basically sat as a cabinet with a top that housed my miter saw. When I built my tapering jig though it came down to me needing to finish this up so that it could be put to good use.

I positioned the router plate exactly where I needed it and then cut some pieces of MDF to build a frame around it and double stick taped them to the top. I popped out the plate and used a flush trim bit to plunge into the formica/MDF top to route out the lip that the plate sits on. Then I drilled some relief holes and used a jigsaw to cut out the inside. I found on my previous router table top that this way never really yielded perfect results so once I rough cut with the jigsaw I just put up another guide to clean up the inside edges.

With the router plate setup, I was able to use my table to finish my tapering jig. With the tapering jig completed I was able to cut the proper angles on the router table fence after laminating them with formica as well. Then it was just a matter of slapping in the t-tracks, mounting hardware, homemade switch, etc and voila! Finally a decent router table which I have used for a handful of odd jobs since I finished it.

Sorry there weren’t more pictures of this part of the build but for the most part it was just a lot of small finishing details to get it done. Threw in the tapering jig to show how I cut the angles for the fence.


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#1 posted 10-30-2013 07:41 PM

Very nicely done!
My tapering jig is very similar. :)

The table looks great too.

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 09:10 PM

So it looks like you opted for no router lift. Do you find adjusting to be a pain? I rigged up a router table (top is nearly done, but no cabinet or legs as of yet) and I found that its not too bad to manually adjust the height, but I barely used it. For more heavy use, how is it without a lift?

I’m planning on finishing it so I’m curious if I should invest in a lift mechanism.

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 02:30 AM

Very nice, I made one almost like it. However, I used MDF because I didn’t know how much I’d use it. I have to say that I use my router table a lot more than I thought I would.

The one thing I don’t like about the Crestwood plans are the narrow drawers. I’d make them a couple inches wider. I don’t mind manually adjusting the router bits but I’m still a young man. Maybe in a few years I might buy a lift….....

All in all, I love the router table.

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#4 posted 11-01-2013 08:02 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the comments. Actually I am in the process of building a shopmade router lift. In shopnotes I found one a while ago and Steve Ramsey from Woodworking For Mere Mortals built the same one. Fairly straight forward build and I still have a lot of threaded rod kicking around that was given to me. I’ll post the router lift when I get it all setup and attached.


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