Router table

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Project by oscorner posted 05-17-2007 02:47 AM 6027 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this router table a few years ago. It is small and the top is made of acrylic. As you can see I put the direction of feed and rotation of the bit on the acrylic so I don’t accidentally do a climbing cut and shot a piece of wood across the shop. The router is held in place by two screws that attach to the base plate.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#1 posted 05-17-2007 03:00 AM

OS -

Very cool design! I like how you indicated the direction of feed and bit rotation for safety.


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#2 posted 05-17-2007 03:04 AM

Does it simplify changing bits or do you have to take the router out?.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 05-17-2007 03:08 AM

I like the simple design. Does the acrylic stay flat?

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#4 posted 05-17-2007 03:14 AM

That looks like it gets the job done! Any comments on how well it works?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 05-17-2007 03:55 AM

Pretty cool looking Mark, does it work as good as it looks? mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 05-17-2007 05:34 AM

Very interesting … like the others … I would really like to hear how this has worked out.

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#7 posted 05-17-2007 05:46 AM

oscorner great set up you have here. The acrylic is fairly think but does it rattle any when your working it? I think Ply would be better sound and movement “absorbent”.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 05-17-2007 02:00 PM

You can change the bit without removing the router. The acrylic stays flat, it is 3/8” material and the plywood is 3/4”. I should have said that earlier. It is small enough that I can put it on a shelf when not in use, yet large enough to give the work plenty of support.

Mike, it has worked well for me. I’ve been able to do everything I wanted to with it. How’s that Thorsen table coming?

PanamaJack, no rattles here! The reason acrylic was used is for it’s flatness and slipperiness. It also lets you see your router, so changing bits and making adjustments is easier.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 05-17-2007 04:11 PM


Clever variation on a common theme. I like the fact that you can see everything. I notice that you have a plunger in there. How easy is it to adjust the height? I am only just starting on a table which will use an on hand second plunge router base that I have removed the springs from. (hmm, maybe a good topic for my first blog…but then I would have to actually finish it!)

-- John

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#10 posted 05-17-2007 04:39 PM

Simple but effective. And I love the idea of using the clear acrylic!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 05-19-2007 04:34 AM

Woodspar, here is a picture of what I use to adjust the plunge router on my table. It is a car jack that I had laying around. It’s the same type of setup that JockMike uses.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 05-19-2007 06:40 AM


-- John

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#13 posted 05-29-2007 05:00 AM

That’s a couple of great ideas!

-- Mike, SW Michigan.

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#14 posted 05-30-2007 06:57 PM

I like the clear table, so you can see what is going on.

Is that hole large enough for panel raising bits, or do you even use them? I know many router tables have insert in the holes to allow for different size bits.

A nifty idea with the car jack.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 06-05-2007 01:26 PM

Bill, I don’t have any panel raising bits. I do not believe that it is large enough for them. In fact, I think is is 11/2” in diameter, the size of the largest hole saw that I had at the time.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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