Modular Router table

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Project by Routerisstillmyname posted 11-12-2008 09:57 PM 17971 views 67 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not being a fan of commercial and traditional router table designs for several reasons, awhile back I decided to build my own. One reason is the plate where it is either mounted in the center or too close to the miter track, to me that is a waste of Tabletop real estate since anything behind the fence is wasted. So on my table, the plate sets 15” center from front and 9” from back that gives me the 15” I need on front for large projects that I mostly work on.

The cutouts for the fence are rounded off so no work will catch the edges as I have seen with the imbedded track designs. Also the out-feed of the miter track is rounded off more than the inside for the same reason.

The horizontal section also has few features not found on commercial tables; besides being modular (able to remove when not in use) the entire front can be used with large sheets because the locking cams are placed in the back.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#1 posted 11-12-2008 10:04 PM

SWEEEEEET, I like the ability to switch it to a horizontal router if need be. Thanks for posting.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 11-12-2008 10:14 PM

How practical has the horizontal router been? Do you find yourself using it a lot?

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#3 posted 11-12-2008 10:59 PM

It rarely gets used and that is the reason I opted for modular design instead of dedicated table.
Generally speaking, Hoz tables get used when doing large raised panel operations or when doing side dados in a narrow long board. It has advantage in safety in these operations because you’re laying the large boards flat on the table while feeding into the bit and not holding them on edge.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#4 posted 11-12-2008 11:09 PM

This looks great! What materials did you use for the table top and the fence? Also, I like your adjustment mechanism for the horizontal configuration.

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#5 posted 11-12-2008 11:47 PM

looking very nice well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 11-13-2008 12:14 AM

wow, niiiiiiiice!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 11-13-2008 03:00 AM

Smart idea and beautifully built RT.
Your UHMW sub fence looks pretty strong, how thick is it. Is it easy to get?
I like the idea of having vertical mounting router as part of the module.

Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 11-13-2008 03:18 AM

Sweeeeeeeet…...How about posting some plans for the ones of use who want to build one. What would you do different? What should we watch out for? I have searched for a really good router table and now I think I have found it.

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#9 posted 11-13-2008 05:20 AM

Very Nice. Thanks for posting.

-- Rusty

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#10 posted 11-13-2008 05:52 AM

Now that is one sweet RT !! You’re 100% correct about the placement of the router plate in the table and that’s how I made mine years ago ! The addition of the Horizontal router is awesome also . Overall 5 stars : ) Thanks for posting this great project ..

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 11-13-2008 06:44 AM

Thank you all for kind comments.
What would I do different, Well, as with any rush job project after completion, there’s always room for enhancement. Some as a matter of necessity and some convenience.
So, the first priority on my next table will be a linear motion fence (like table saws).

“I know the argument about router bit being round and so it doesn’t matter how the fence is positioned with respect to the bit but based on my years of experience with router table I don’t buy that”

The second improvement would be using imbedded hardwood inside MDF before gluing two boards together. (the heat and humidity take their toll very fast here in houston) .
I would change the HOZ section, making it lighter and even more modular.
And last but not least, the miter track in a router table gets used very seldom, but there are rare occasions when it does get used. So, I’m not sure if the next table should have it.
The bullet- proof 2”x4” UHMW, I cut my self and installed a jig track. The 2” thick gives me the option to keep those 3½ bits a way from the main fence and it just looks scary ;-)
Of course, the next table will have to wait until I deliver few way over due promised pieces of furniture to the wife. ;-}

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#12 posted 11-13-2008 08:11 PM

Thanks for sharing the plus info.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 11-14-2008 10:46 PM

Really fantastic. I really want to steal your design.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#14 posted 11-14-2008 11:42 PM

I really want to steal your design.

Go for it and enjoy. It’s not stealing unless it’s used in commercial enterprise, otherwise it’s just long term borrowing with honorable attentions ;-)

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#15 posted 02-17-2009 09:58 AM

This table ROCKS!! I’ve been looking around for a modular router table design, and I think I’ve found it.

I really, really like this…. great post!!


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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