Router Table (a lot like Norms.....)

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Project by jakeprater posted 05-30-2014 09:50 PM 4031 views 29 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I literally just finished building this, and I am stoked! I’ll try not to point out all my mistakes…..

This project has been a few months in the building, I guess like everybody else there just doesn’t seem to be enough time.

The great thing about my router table is that most of the material was free. Most of the plywood is from some local cabinet builders who were working on some new houses in my neighborhood, about half Birch and half is knotty alder plywood. I actually didn’t know that there even was such a thing. They were happy to let me take any offcuts that I could use, and they gave me a while stack of cull alder boards. The face frame is alder, and the drawer fronts are alder ply. The sides are Birch ply. The internal panels are all alder ply.

The top is formica from my father in law, who saved it for me when he had granite put in his house. I had to strip it offthe original particle board and sand the glue before I could put it on the new subsurface – two layers of 3/4” mdf from the cabinet guys. I edged it with red and white Oak from an old ammo pallet. You can see the plus that I put in the front piece. The aluminum channel came from PeachTree. I cut it in half and rrounded the end to match the routed groove.

Th he fence has a sliding face to allow for large or small bits. I made the knobs for the fence using my templates (seemy projects). They work well but are a little close together. I’ll fix that in the future.

I wired it up to a Shop Fox paddle switch with a 10 guage extension cord. It’s 25 feet long so I can move it anywhere in the “sharage” and still reach the outlet. I made the wood clips to hold the write alone the side it of alder. I finished it with Cabot’s clear strain and satin polyurethane, rubbed with 0000 steel wool, then topped with wax.

In the future I might add a must slot to the top and a t-track to the fence, but for now it is fully functional.

One difference in my design is that I only have the small drawers on each side, and more/taller bottom drawers. The top sites at about 40”. I’m6’6”so it fits me pretty well.

My first use for the table was to make my drawer handles, just the lower ones, or of some red Oak I had laying around.

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#1 posted 05-30-2014 11:50 PM

Now that is some very nice work right there! Love the grain matching on your drawers.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#2 posted 05-31-2014 01:53 AM

The only thing better than building it is using it! Nice build.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 05-31-2014 01:59 AM

Very nice table, I love the look of that plywood.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-31-2014 02:44 AM

Excellent router table. You will just love using it!! I have one similar ( )and it is a joy to work on it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......................Jim

ps What router and lift did you use for it??

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Andy Ponder

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#5 posted 05-31-2014 02:59 AM

Very nice. Norm would be jealous.


-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#6 posted 06-01-2014 11:45 AM

You know, some designs just stand the test of time. I think Norm’s router table is one of those.

I also have one similar (here) and there aren’t many projects I do that don’t involve the router table at least once or twice. Mine definitely isn’t as pretty as yours.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#7 posted 06-08-2014 01:02 PM

Wow! That’s a tall fence. Nice job.

-- Bud -

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