Norm's router station with phenolic plywood top

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Project by goggy posted 04-29-2010 06:10 AM 6263 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The jury is still out on this phenolic plywood top. I don’t anticipate any issues as it has worked well in other shop applications. I did add an incra fence guide system which works very well and the Triton 3hp router (Woodcraft $269)
is awesome! I’m also very pleased with the Pinnacle insert. Assembled, this became a very sturdy and welcomed addition to my shop. I am currently building my version of his miter station with a few additions as well.

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 06:28 AM

Very nice job.

I’ve always liked Norm’s router station.

Good luck with the miter station, too !!

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 07:21 AM

Question. What is “Phenolic Plywood”? Plywood made from wood and phenolic resin?

“Phenolic”, as I know it, is a material made of layers of paper impregnated with phenolic resin and pressed to a thickness. The only wood in it is the paper. Richlite is a name that comes to mind. they make a phenolic countertop material in several colors and thicknesses. They also use a percentage of recycled material to be “green”. It would make a great router table top.

Is your top a solid piece of material (phenolic) or is it made up of discernable layers?

Regardless of that, you built a very nice router table. Love the drawers. I wish I was that organized.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#3 posted 04-29-2010 08:12 AM

Nice looking table! The Incra guide fence looks really nice and seems more accurate and should hold up better than the Rockler fence system which I have.

@MIchael Phenolic plywood has the Phenolic resin fused into the surface layer to give it a smooth surface. See the link to Rockler:

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 04-29-2010 10:15 AM

Great looking table, Nice shop as well.

I see we have the same Band Saw and planner as well. I bought the smaller Triton being I read that you can’t raise the 3 hp from the the top of the table unless you have a lift system. Iis this true? I like that the 2 1/4 hp needs no lift and you can change the bits from the top. Saved a cpl hundred bucks not buying a decent lift.
Have fun.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 04-29-2010 01:40 PM

nice work… this table looks well put together… norms router station has been copied so many times but with different results everytime…

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

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#6 posted 04-29-2010 02:19 PM

looks very nice. Should be a joy to use.

Where do you get the phenolic plywood? I’ve only checked at homedepot and lowes and they don’t have it. I can order it but I don’t want to pay for the big shipping costs for that.

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#7 posted 04-29-2010 02:35 PM

I really like this router table. Good Job.

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#8 posted 04-29-2010 03:08 PM

Nice! It looks great in your shop. I love mine too.

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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#9 posted 04-29-2010 03:17 PM

I think your going to be happy with the phenolic top, just keep a good coat of wax on it and everything will slide quit smoothly thought each cut. Great looking unit you posted have fun using…Blkcherry

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#10 posted 04-29-2010 03:25 PM

Nice router table.

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#11 posted 04-29-2010 03:57 PM

Boy O Boy, that’s an A-1 style Router Table!
Norm would be proud !

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#12 posted 04-29-2010 04:00 PM

I forgot to ask. Was it just as easy as Norm makes it look? Everything probably fit together perfectly the very first time. Probably didn’t have to recut anything and it took you about a day and a half right? ;-)

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#13 posted 04-29-2010 04:20 PM

your router table came very nice. I know you will get a tremendous amount of enjoyment out of it. The phenolic should hold up better than any laminate. One of my router tables has a solid 3/4” phenolic top and it is holding up great after almost 5 years of use.
Adding the Incra system is the best choice for a fence you could make. Incra products are excellent quality and provide tremendous precision and accuracy.

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#14 posted 04-29-2010 04:57 PM

The only thing that could make it look better is if it were in my shop.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#15 posted 04-29-2010 07:14 PM

Great job!! This is one of my next projects.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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