Router table

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Project by jdh122 posted 04-07-2015 09:54 PM 2280 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After being mocked here for asking about which router table to buy (just kidding, after getting wise advice that I’d be better off making my own table) I decided to make this router table. Just finished it.

It’s a style of construction that I haven’t seen in many models of router tables – I got the design from a FWW video. It’s basically a rolling cabinet (pine plywood and MDF) with a solid oak table (dowel construction) on top of it. There are oak cross members supporting the router lift, which means that the laminated MDF top only has to support its own weight without the router bearing on it at all. It shouldn’t ever sag.

All of the red oak for the table structure came from handrail system that I bought at the ReStore a few years back, so it all had to be glued up to get the boards. I like working with rescued wood…

The fence has an interesting locking mechanism that uses cam clamps.

I’m quite happy with it, although I made it too high for some reason (maybe I didn’t calculate for the extra height of the casters). I don’t really have room for it in my shop, but I will by the end of May when I have my oil furnace swapped out for a heat pump.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 04-08-2015 10:47 AM

interesting… could you describe the fence locking mechanism?

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#2 posted 04-08-2015 02:34 PM

Hi,thanks for posting. I’d suggest you look at putting a dust shroud around the router and extract from below. I did this with my router table and it worked so well that I don’t need fence based DC. This one was temporary – needs an access door for the speed control. After doing lock rabbets for 5 drawers, there was no dust inside the shroud.

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#3 posted 04-08-2015 05:56 PM

Philba: thanks for the tip, I was already online early this morning to see about buying an adaptor to allow dust collection around the router itself. I was thinking about combining DC at both the fence and a shroud, which should be fairly easy to rig up, I think.

Aaron: the fence locking mechanism is composed of a sandwich. On the bottom is a piece of hardwood (maple), then a piece of offcut from the top (so MDF with formica on both sides – the router table was intentionally made a bit big in order to ensure I could do this), then the fence itself and finally another piece of hardwood (oak in this case). The pieces of hardwood have to be big enough to exert pressure on the table, offcut and fence. I clamped this sandwich in place and drilled a hole for a bolt. The bolt comes up from the bottom and there is a cam clamp on top of the sandwich. Not sure if that description actually helps much, but it really works well.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 04-08-2015 06:12 PM

oh,... that makes much more sense than what I was thinking. I thought somehow that activating the clamp made those blocks press sideways against the table edge :-)


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#5 posted 04-08-2015 06:17 PM

Right, they just pinch the table and fence.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 04-08-2015 06:26 PM

+1 for the bottom dust collection.

I wrapped my router with 1.5” foam board (pink insulation board) on 3 sides and bottom and put the dust port on the bottom so even without the dust collector running particles would fall into the dust fitting.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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