Router Table (variation of Norm Abrahms)

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Project by WistysWoodWorkingWonders posted 10-06-2009 06:53 AM 20818 views 60 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of Norm Abrahms Router Table… Not too much different from everyone that has built one of these except that my dust collection is all contained within the cabinet. I used fir for all the rails and stiles and hardwood for the panels. There are two drawers for my 1/2” bits and one for my 1/4” bits. The two large drawers at the bottom hold all my added supplies and extra router pieces. As most do, I put the cabinet on casters so I can move it around as required. The top matches all the other tops in my shop with a brown laminate surface and hardwood edging. It took about 2 weeks to complete the project working mostly nights and weekends (yes I am a weekend warrior in the shop). Hope you enjoy the pics…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 07:12 AM

Now Norm is jealous….you’ve made great improvements and I can see some of them. Good job.

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 07:15 AM

Great job

-- Vince

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 07:18 AM

Great Job

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 07:18 AM

Very nicely built Router Table.
The top, fence, cabinets, drawers all are superb!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-06-2009 11:31 AM

Very Nice, I see people refer to them as Norms routing table. Ok, were do you get the plans?

-- Senior Chief

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#6 posted 10-06-2009 01:30 PM

I am sure that Norm would put his seal of approval on this version of his plan. :) This is a gorgeous router table that should be a major asset to your shop. I have had the plans for one of these for some time now and just have not gotten around to it. This one certainly is an inspiration to get started.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 10-06-2009 01:37 PM

Great looking table …... I’ve thought about adding a high fence to my table and I might just borrow your design.

Nice work!

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#8 posted 10-06-2009 01:38 PM

It looks so clean!

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#9 posted 10-06-2009 02:27 PM

Nicest one I have ever seen.

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#10 posted 10-06-2009 03:13 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments friends… Joe, I didn’t go by any plans so to speak. I just remembered what I had seen Norm do and drafted my own set of plans giving me the flexibility to build it to fit my needs. The high fence is going to be great to have. My old router table (now in the scrap pile) only had a 6” tall fence system which I found insufficient. I can now add feather boards without reaching for added clamps. I have only used the router table once since building it last week and it was such a nice treat…
I hope you all have built one or will build one as it is definately an easy and worthwhile project…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 10-06-2009 04:01 PM

Joe—You can buy the plan (excure me … measured drawing) through

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 10-06-2009 04:39 PM

A major WOW!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#13 posted 10-06-2009 04:53 PM

What a fence.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#14 posted 10-06-2009 08:26 PM

Thanks for the link…....

-- Senior Chief

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#15 posted 10-07-2009 01:48 AM

Steve – I’m new, and do understand the need for the tall fence, but does the depth of the fence cost too much table real estate? It would be fantastic for any profile but what about using it for dadoes? Default to the table saw?

I really like the table as a whole – am hoping to build one – this goes in the hopper for ideas!!!

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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