Finished my router table

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Project by jtm posted 07-29-2014 07:35 AM 3581 views 21 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the table.

It’s based on Norm’s design (with Crestonwood’s plans).

I built the base, but elected to buy the top/fence/plate from Rockler because it was actually more cost effective.

This took way more time and way more money than I originally anticipated. I probably have 40 hours and about $500 in to it.

I also uploaded a pic of my old router “table”.

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#1 posted 07-29-2014 09:48 AM

My! That looks smart.

Just a tad better than the old one LOL

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 12:25 PM

Nice looking table. looks very professtional .

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 12:58 PM

Very nice, did you dye the door fronts?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 01:12 PM

Nice cabinet. I found the same as you the top, fence were cheaper to buy than build. I had a lift in old table that I transfered to the new.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 01:59 PM

Turned out really nice.

Why did you decide to build a new cabinet?

P.S. Sorry, did not see the last picture. Yeah, now I know.
That Craftsman router table looks so much better than the one I used for many years.

Enjoy the upgrade. Nothing like having space for your work.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#6 posted 07-29-2014 03:22 PM

That’s very nice and colorful also. It will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#7 posted 07-29-2014 04:23 PM

Fabulous. Inspirational, even. I need to upgrade my router table, too … soon!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#8 posted 07-29-2014 05:18 PM

I am so freaking jealous !! Awesome !!

-- Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

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#9 posted 07-29-2014 06:41 PM

Nice job. It's looks just like mine!

I had a similar setup. I bought the table and fence from Rockler but just clamped it to sawhorses when I needed it. I sure like this way a whole lot better. I’m sure you will too. Great job!

How do you like the baffle and dust collection to the router area? I still haven’t decided it I want, or need, to do that.

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#10 posted 07-29-2014 07:37 PM

Very nice job on this . And I think just about all of us have a pretty similar first router Table to what yours was , Big improvement over that one I will bet.

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#11 posted 07-29-2014 07:44 PM

My setup is very similar. I used the Crestonwood plans as well as my existing Rockler table top. It has worked out very well. One change i made is that i have an outlet inside of the cabinet that is controlled by the switch on the front of the cabinet, but i also added an outlet on the side of the case that is always live for items such as a task light or to be able to plug in another power tool (ROS, Dremel, etc).

I did not install the dust collection inside of the router chamber and am curious how it is working for you?? I only get dust collection from fence connection. I get more dust and chip buildup in the cabinet than i expected so i am curious how the dust chute in the creston plans works.

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#12 posted 07-29-2014 07:52 PM

Yup! thats an upgrade over your old Table.
Very nice and on my list of upgrades also.

-- Doug...

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#13 posted 07-29-2014 08:23 PM

That’s an Awesome Router Table! just wondering how much cost effective was it to buy the top, I’m at the planning stage of a new router table and was wondering if you also have a lift in it? Thanks, enjoy it

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#14 posted 07-29-2014 08:27 PM

I love the blue door/drawer fronts …
Mine is nearly the same as yours, I used the Norm concept and made some modifications to suit my needs.
I have not built the top yet, but like you I’ve been eye balling the Rockler tops … I have one on my old router table and I love it, but alas, it’s to small for the new table.
Kudo’s on a great job.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#15 posted 07-29-2014 10:10 PM

Wow, nice. Just added another project to my bucket list…thanks for that :).

-- Jerry

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