New Router Table

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Blog series by jeffbranch updated 09-25-2013 10:29 PM 7 parts 20097 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started

08-18-2013 11:33 PM by jeffbranch | 1 comment »

This is a project I built a few months ago. It is a new router table which replaced the antiquated one I had been using – a much needed upgrade for my shop. When I think back to the day I received my first router table, I have to smile because I got it shortly after we moved into our current home – that makes it about 25 years old. I saw it in a Highland Woodworking catalog (then called Highland Hardware) and immediately knew I had to have it; you will see a photo of it below. But t...

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Part 2: Making Progress and Making Mistakes

08-22-2013 02:20 AM by jeffbranch | 0 comments »

The goal with this entry– create the case face frame (shown in blue) and… …build the back, then put the case together. I find woodworking to be a humbling hobby. I have been working with wood for about 30 years and while I don’t consider myself an expert, I think by now I should know enough to keep from making silly mistakes. But, as I have made progress on my new router table several mistakes have surfaced; two of them being significant ones. I thought about listing them in this blo...

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Part 3: Drawer Construction

08-30-2013 12:21 PM by jeffbranch | 2 comments »

If you looked up the word “procrastinate” at, you would find the following definition: to put off intentionally and habitually This word came to mind this past Sunday when our get-together at the neighbor’s house had to be re-scheduled. Suddenly, I had a large chunk of the day which could be devoted to building the drawer for my router table. But guess what? I got zero woodworking done; procrastination had taken firm hold of me and blocked me from my peaceful bas...

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Part 4: Adding the Base

09-04-2013 02:21 AM by jeffbranch | 4 comments »

Making a mortise with an old drill press. I have said before that an old rickety drill press is better than no drill press at all. In the photo above, I am using my Dad’s old Craftsman bench top drill press to do some deep mortising. This drill press shakes worse than a wet dog; it shakes so much I feel like I need to call someone to help me keep everything in place. I am doing some mild exaggeration here, but in the photo above I am using several clamps while drilling some mortises. Th...

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Part 5: Building the Top

09-07-2013 03:12 PM by jeffbranch | 2 comments »

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 pos...

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Part 6: Making the Fence

09-15-2013 02:15 PM by jeffbranch | 0 comments »

Working out the fence design. It is not unusual for me to put in more than two hours of drive time on certain work days. This allows me considerable time to contemplate upcoming steps while building a project. Since creating the fence for my new router table has been rapidly approaching, I have been thinking of combining two router table fence designs seen in separate issues of Fine Woodworking magazine. If you have been following my progress, you most likely have already seen this imag...

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Part 7: Almost Finished

09-25-2013 10:29 PM by jeffbranch | 2 comments »

Working on the back of my router table. The end is in sight. With the completion of the router table top and the fence, I am down to the final items before I can call this project finished. My punch list contains these items… - Complete the back- Mount the router- Install the power switch- Enclose the router area Complete the BackThis step involves adding a clamp which will latch onto the right wing of my table saw. I also need to plug the screw holes and paint the back. The illustra...

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