poor mans router table

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Project by chevyman137 posted 01-30-2010 05:34 PM 3453 views 4 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

as the story goes a lawyer moved out of the office building in which i work and decided this desk was to heavy to move ( we are on the second floor) so she left it behind. she said i could have the desk if i wished to move it and i did, straight to my shop. it it now a double router table. drawers store router bits, plans, jigs and other misc. router accessories. i elevated it to be the same height as my table saw so it’s second function is as an outfeed table. occasionally it is a layout table for a dry assembly to make sure everything fits before glue up. just thought i would share.

-- kevin from ne alabama: please lets keep the digits where they belong

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 05:43 PM

You may have limited resource, but surely your imagination and idea to resolve it has no limit.
Great use of resource available! Nice work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 05:44 PM

Now that is a nice piece! Your work surface is HUGE! Not only is your router table super deluxe, but it looks good too. I like the Rockler fences, very nice, worth the money.

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 05:45 PM

If it wprks it works

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 05:48 PM

Great reuse. I will never look at an old desk the same way again.
Using the drawers for router bit control is a big plus.


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#5 posted 01-30-2010 05:49 PM

I love it, great idea.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 06:08 PM

This is a great idea! There are desks for free on craigslist all the time. I’m sorta sorry now I spent the time to build a router table from scratch.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 06:22 PM

Let just say the desk finallly found its home. Good save!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 01-30-2010 06:28 PM

NOTHING wrong with this – grand idea!

This is coming from someone using a 50 year old piece of maple butcher-block he received from an Air Force Dumpster for a router table top! Best addition to my shop yet! :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#9 posted 01-30-2010 06:41 PM

Bob is right – nothing wrong with reusing. Mine is a library book cart that I turned upside down, plasma cut a hole in the base and attached 2 glued and screwed pieces of 3/4” birch to it. It was headed for a dumpster as well.

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#10 posted 01-30-2010 06:45 PM

Don’t let the lawyer see her old desk she may want it back.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#11 posted 01-30-2010 06:49 PM

Now that is an absolutely COOL recycle.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 01-30-2010 06:55 PM

I love the homemade tools. Sometimes they are better because we can put our own little tweaks to them. I have a 6 foot oak desk I can’t give away because no one wants to move it. I have a new project now.

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#13 posted 01-30-2010 07:05 PM

good way to use other peoples discarded stuff… well done…

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

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#14 posted 01-30-2010 07:19 PM

Great idea! Wood/laminate top…drawers for storage….good size…free!! What’s not to like?

-- Les, Missouri,

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#15 posted 01-30-2010 07:29 PM

That’s great, very innovative. One thing that can always be said about woodworkers is that you can take what others would discard and make something functional with it. I like it.

-- The ability to learn is innate, not the desire.

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