Router Table with a Side Project

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Project by builtinbkyn posted 02-27-2017 07:55 PM 8220 views 19 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There were two pieces of equipment in my shop that I would hesitate to utilize because of the inconvenience they presented. One was my table based router. It was mounted in an Incra top with an Incra plate and Incra fence. All nice. However that was mounted to a B&D Workmate 425. It was originally done so on a job site and it remained on it after moving it into my shop. The orientation of the top – Incra tops are deeper front to back than they are wide, because of the fence system – caused a larger footprint to be occupied in the shop by this configuration or it needed to be placed sideways against the wall making it unusable that way. To use it necessitated dragging it out and away from the wall. Being a Workmate, it doesn’t slide very well. It just became a hassle to do it, so I would usually forego using it. Also, because the Workmate has cross-members, it couldn’t accommodate the Incra Clean Sweep I purchased and well, dust and chip collection was non-existant when using this configuration, making a cleanup added work.

I finally took the time to build a new table using a Jessem Mast-R-Fence II and an Incra Clean Sweep for dust collection. I’m happy with the results and have already used it to complete this project as well as the table for my drill press, the second project.

The cabinet is made of 1/2” birch ply from the box store and trimmed with maple edging. The table top is three laminated layers – 3/4” plywood, 3/4” MDF and topped with 1/4” hardboard. It’s 25”x38” in dimension. The six drawers store bits, jigs and routers. I’m very happy with how this turned out and look forward to using it LOL

The side project, a base cabinet and table for my Craftsman alien, is also made of 1/2” birch ply. I purchased the press last Summer and it has sat on the floor since, with no other place for it in the shop off of the floor. I’ve used it that way, but it wasn’t fun. My knees really appreciate this new location :)

I think I’m done with building shop fixtures for now. Need to move on to some creative projects.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 02-27-2017 08:07 PM

looks nice and convenient!

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#2 posted 02-27-2017 08:14 PM

Wow, that’s really nice. I love the pullout holders for the bits. Can I ask why you laminated the ply with mdf for the top? As opposed to two layers of one? Just curious if there’s a structural reason or if that’s just because that’s what you had.

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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#3 posted 02-27-2017 09:14 PM

There are a few reasons for the construction methods – one being material on hand :) I had 3×3 piece of 3/4” ply remaing from another project and a 2×4 piece of the 3/4” MDF. I also think the MDF makes for a better/truer surface than the plywood. Wanting a thick top, this seemed to work well. Also, the way it’s constructed. MDF isn’t the best material in terms of structure, but it does make for a solid, flat surface. The plywood handled the structural aspect and the MDF the latter.

I made a blog of the build that shows the hows and whys I think :)

Wow, that s really nice. I love the pullout holders for the bits. Can I ask why you laminated the ply with mdf for the top? As opposed to two layers of one? Just curious if there s a structural reason or if that s just because that s what you had.

- quasarwutwut

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 02-27-2017 11:49 PM

Stellar job on the new projects….I like both….You did a great job…Neat and clean…that’s jut the way I like ‘em..

They should do a go job for you for many years to come…...

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#5 posted 02-28-2017 12:15 AM

Nice router cabinet.. I know you have to be enjoying it mucch more than a workmate table.
I have the Incra Clean Sweep on one of my router tables and notived that dust always piled up on the inside back of the metal cabinet. I cut 2” hole in the back and added a dust port and it took care of the problem.
I called Incra and mentioned this design inprovement to them.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself" Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does

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#6 posted 02-28-2017 05:35 AM

Nice set up upgrades!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 02-28-2017 03:18 PM

Nice router table and fully stocked with all those accessories it should be ready for some projects and yes the DP table will come in handy soon .
You are spoiled with all that space and equipment. LOL


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 02-28-2017 04:26 PM

Super sweet router table and just a ton of storage. So nicely done.

-- Thom CT.

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#9 posted 02-28-2017 05:18 PM

This is a wonderful router table and so nicely done. It will be a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 02-28-2017 07:37 PM

Thanks everyone. Other than working in a community shop a few years back, this is the first opportunity I’ve had to work in a fixed environment vs a job site where the staging and on site fabrication often times moves as the job progresses. You adapt to the space provided.

Having a shop is a true luxury. Making it fit the way we work is the real benefit to more efficient and better production. It doesn’t make sense to have to adapt to things in your own shop unless they cannot be overcome due to physical constraints of some sort. I know I’ll appreciate working with these two tools much more. But there was one other that I also avoided. My bandsaw.

After watching the Alex Snodgrass video many times over, I was perplexed as to why it was so easy for him to remove and install blades on the bandsaw he used for his presentation. It hit me that it was the quick release that he had and I did not have on my CL purchased Grizzly. There were many times I wanted to use the BS for something only to realize I had the wrong blade installed. I hated messing with changing blades. I had to release the tension and the tilt in order to get a blade off and to put another on. So this morning I installed a Carter QL and can say it works as advertised. It took about an hour from start to finish. I also wired in the sewing machine lamp so I can actually see where the line is.

I’m a happy camper, err, woodworker and will enjoy my shop that much more now that I don’t have to adapt :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 02-28-2017 08:09 PM

Looks like a great router table—I’m sure you’ll get lots of good use out of it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 03-01-2017 01:27 AM

Very nice. Mine could use some reconstruction.


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#13 posted 03-02-2017 12:37 AM


-- What this world needs is a little more sawdust on the floor.

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#14 posted 03-02-2017 06:33 PM

It’s a real beauty!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 03-06-2017 01:22 PM

very nice, thanks for sharing

-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil

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