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Project by Grumpymike posted 08-11-2014 10:11 PM 2820 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an old router table that I built in 1982 from plans in Woodsmith Magazine #22. It’s been a friend to me for several years, and I learned allot about routing on this table. I had updated the top about 5 years ago, ... and still I dreamed of the Norm Abram Router table.

I burned up two Craftsman routers in this old table through the years, and when I bought the new Rockler top, I added a new Rigid Router with a 1/2 inch collet, speed control, controlled wind up, and all the other bells and whistles. ...All these upgrades, And I still dreamed of Norm’s table.

Then there was this sale on Birch 3/4” plywood at the big box … Two sheets … no, better get Three sheets and one 1/2” ... now in the truck heading home … Watched the video three times … the heart pumps as we make the first cuts for the new cabinet. ... still don’t look like Norm’s …

Drawers are done, trays are installed it is starting to resemble Norm’s some what, but naked with out the top.
Oh No!! Two other LJ’s have posted router stations like mine … The wind is gone from my sails. ... But Wait, this guy used the Rockler top on his cabinet … Why not?? I have one on the old pal.

Rockler top is 24 X 30 and the cabinet is 24 X 30, I really wanted a bit of overhang for clamps, oh well, it’s done.
Maybe I will make norm’s top another day.

We have a new addition to the new shop, I’m the proud owner/ user of the Norm Abram designed router table with some minor modifications to suit my needs a bit better.

There are a lot of empty holes in the bit trays, Hmmm, ... I guess that means I gotta get more bits $$

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

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 10:43 PM

I built that same router table years ago and just retired it about 3 weeks ago. It worked pretty well forall those years.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 11:08 PM

That looks great and Im sure you will get lots of use out of it. Great job. The only problem is having all those empty bit trays. Guess you will have to get more bits to fill it up. Darn. LOL

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 11:37 PM

Mike, very nice job on the new router table. I always plan my projects to require a router bit profile that I don’t currently own. :D I still don’t have a single bit in 3 of the drawers but I keep trying.

-- Art

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 11:43 PM

Great router station, Mike. You will use the heck out of it!!......................Jim

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

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 12:39 AM

Mike, it looks great! Yup! More bits! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#6 posted 08-12-2014 02:00 AM

Excellent job. Yes, the old table was great … I had one too. But, to all things there is a season.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 08-12-2014 03:14 AM

Great upgrade. Never hurts to buy more tools.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 08-12-2014 04:03 AM

Nice job Mike.
That one will last as long as your old one guaranteed.

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#9 posted 08-12-2014 12:24 PM

Nice job, enjoy!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 08-12-2014 01:50 PM

I am glad that you are happy with your new router table. I am still working on mine. Probably my favorite tool station in my shop.

Enjoy your new set up. Storage problem is now solved.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#11 posted 08-12-2014 05:42 PM

Great job. I’m one of those that built this cabinet and applied my Rockler table to it. I’m enjoying the hell out of it. I still have a bunch of empty holes in the bit drawers!

Say, in picture 3 there’s a fold up stand in back left of the shot. I’ve seen those before but can’t remember the brand or name of them. Can you send that info to me?

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#12 posted 08-12-2014 08:42 PM

ScottM , That stand looks to be the same as this one at HD $39.97 , I am thinking of getting one or two myself if they look like they will hold up. On the HD site it gets a 4 star Review Rating from 78 people and it says it will hold up to 750 LBS. Although it looks like the one in the picture has the metal legs where this one has plastic legs.

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#13 posted 08-12-2014 09:17 PM

ScottM Looks like Richard got ya covered … Thanks Richard.

Thanks for all the warm comments and not pointing out the boo boo’s. You are all very kind.

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

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#14 posted 08-13-2014 08:30 PM

ScottM Looks like Richard got ya covered … Thanks Richard.

Thanks for all the warm comments and not pointing out the boo boo s. You are all very kind.

- Grumpymike

boo boo’s I don’t see none at all, Plus it Works.

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#15 posted 08-16-2014 01:14 PM

Some things just stand the test of time. I think Norm’s router table is one of them. I have had mine about 7 years now. About the only problem I have is the same one you mentioned – I can’t afford to fill up all that bit storage!

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

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