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Project by Ed Elizondo posted 08-04-2009 08:02 PM 3025 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rehab of the old router table I have had for over ten years. I started out putting new fronts on all of the drawers. Next I added a new top of 3/4 MDF to the existing MDF top. I cut out the drop in for the router plate that holds Triton 3 1/4 HP router. I was not able to center the router plate like I wanted because I was using recyled wood for the entire construction and there was a defect in the area where it could have been centered. It is what it is.

I then constucted a new router fence. This turned out to be alot of fun putting together and once placed on the table it was square, which I was very happy with, as I made the fence almost nine inches tall in the event that I needed to run a board vertical and the fence would give me the support that I would need. I added T-tracks to the table and the fence to guide the fence and also to add a feather board.

One of the pictures show where I had to use guides and spacers to ensure that the groove for the track was straight and exactly the right width. I used a one inch guide bushing and a 3/4 inch router bit. I used the calipers to monitor the depth of the dado as I went along and it came out exactly 3/8 inch deep and exactly 3/4 inch wide for the track. I used the spacers as a stop that was held in place with the face clamp and worked great. I will say that I ran a coat of Carnuba wax over the bottom of the router base, the guide boards and in the channel and this made it smooth going while I made the dado.

I have to mention that the Triton router is awesome. It has the variable speed that will help me work with small or large bits and the power is great. The T-track, knobs, and bolts were all purchased from Woodcraft supply and I couldn’t be happier with them once they were installed. You need to remember that all of the wood is what I had laying around the shop and was really a project of something to do and learn from for when I build the next table. Storage is sufficient and hold about fifty or so router bits, wrenches, caliper, guide bushings, compasses, and assorted other items that fall in the use of the router. The router cabinet is mobile with the use of one of the mobile bases I purchased from Home Depot for five dollars when they clearance them out. All in all I am pretty happy with the outcome even if it is not all new and pretty. I think I am going to finish off the fence with some polyurethane as I noticed my dirty finger prints over the fence as I have been using it.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#1 posted 08-04-2009 08:11 PM

Looks great…and since it works….I’d say all in all an excellent project..

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Kent Shepherd

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#2 posted 08-05-2009 03:20 PM

Nice router table . I bet you get a lot of good use from it.


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#3 posted 08-06-2009 05:17 PM

Nice work. we often have to make due with what material we have. If you hadn’t mentioned the plate off center I would not have noticed. nice project.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#4 posted 09-06-2009 05:20 PM

Great looking router table Ed. Beats mine by a mile. Very professional looking.

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

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#5 posted 09-06-2009 05:40 PM

I take you mean you couldn’t center it front to back; it does look centered side-to side. To tell you the truth, I’ve often wished my router had been set further back in the table. I don’t do any raised panel (or haven’t yet, anyway) and I sometimes would like to have the extra table in front of the router for edging wider pieces. The only reason I could think of for needing more space on the back side would be for routing dadoes for shelves. I typically do those on the table saw where I have a lot more room than the router table. If I ever redo the top of the router table, I may set her further back.

All in all, an excellent rebuild.

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

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#6 posted 09-06-2009 06:30 PM

very nice router table a great asset to your shop

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#7 posted 01-04-2010 07:07 AM

That is a great table i hope to add one to my shop soon

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