Router Table for Festool EQ

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Project by Woodketeer posted 10-15-2018 04:36 AM 1121 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I guess I wasn’t surprised, but I was a little disappointed to find out that my Festool router wouldn’t fit any of the affordable aftermarket router tables. Thus began an adventure.

Festool does make a proprietary router table. After looking at it I really didn’t want to spend that kind of money. I knew the functions I wanted and found my initial inspiration in the recent article on router tables in Finee Woodworking (FWW).

I used a small box that was a portable bench as my base and added a larger 1 in melamine MDF surface on top of which is a 1/4 inch tempered hardboard layer. The 1 inch plate attaches to the Box and holds the T nuts that the hard board secures to. There is a hole in the one inch MDF that matches the footprint of the router. The hard board serves like an extended base plate, in addition to being secured to the MDF it is screwed through into the metric holes on the base of the router.

Not pictured, though exceptionally cool, is the laboratory lift that I use underneath the router. By epoxying a 1-1/8” nut to the handle I can elevate the router easily, using the router’s own locking mechanism. One of the many beauties of the Festool is it’s single wrench ratcheting collet system. This makes inserting and removing bits quite easy.

On the back of the box I put a 4in vacuum port with blast gate. Once I’ve adjusted the router and bit I have a panel over the front of the box that attaches via two magnets. Once the dust collector is turned on there’s no getting that front panel off and the amount of suction is amazing.

The primary fence is attached using a t nut in the bottom and a bolt through the top. This creates a pivot point on one end and the fence is long enough that I simply clamp the other end to the router table top. I can orient the primary fence on the high side or on its other side where it has only three quarter inch fence. Also, to accommodate pattern routing, I have a short block of cherry that is secured with t nuts and two bolts perpendicular to the router bit, as Illustrated in the FWW article. I’ve also added a bolt & T nut that I can pivot on for starting freehand routing.

My first project using this router table involves a lock miter bit and a lot of accuracy. So far all the misfits are due to operator error and not equipment failure :-)

-- Glenn Simpson, Chico CA

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#1 posted 10-15-2018 04:09 PM

Nice router can always buy tools, but you appreciated it more if you make it yourself!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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