New Router Table #5: Building the Top

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Blog entry by jeffbranch posted 09-07-2013 03:12 PM 3328 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Before I get to the top, I left off in my last post on this build with the tricky addition of the dust port to the back of the router table. This would have been a lot easier if I had completed this step prior to attaching the back to the case, but it just didn’t happen that way.

To get started on the dust port, I taped it in place on a thin piece of pine…

Using a flush trim bit in my router I create the template I need to cut the hole in the back…

After positioning it on the inside of the cabinet back, I again use my router to cut the needed hole and I then attached the dust port…

The red arrow points to the template.

For the top, I purchased the Kreg router plate. I chose it due to its dense plastic which I can easily drill mounting holes for my router – plus my local Woodcraft store had one in stock.

I am using melamine coated particle board for the top and need to precisely cut an opening for the router plate. This is a little tricky since there is a large radius at the corners. I decide to make a template in which my router can ride against.

I am using my adjustable height saw horses with this – they are super handy.

I form a sub-frame to support the melamine and the weight of the router. I grab some oak from the scrap bin and wrap the top adding a slight chamfer…

The completed top..

I bought a Bosch 1617 EVSTB router which has some router lift type capability built into it. I did not go with a router lift due to the cost of such things. The design of the table will enable me to add a lift later as my money allows it. I also passed on the idea of building my own lift, but I may give that a try in the future. You can see above how the router table will reside next to my Jet table saw.

Next, I’ll begin working on the router table fence.

And, as always, thanks for reading – Jeff


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#1 posted 09-07-2013 04:57 PM

Nice blog. Your router table looks like a good setup. Do you use the TS fence for routing operations?

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 05:21 PM

Yes, the fence design is one where the router table fence clamps to the table saw fence. It will have built-in dust collection, something my old router table lacked.


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