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Project by JimAtLumberjocks posted 01-13-2019 01:36 PM 1516 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my router table as opposed to buying one for three reasons. First was cost. I built this table from scrap wood and purchased the router in an estate sale to save money. Secondly, the router tables I could buy did not have the features I wanted. Lastly the router tables I could buy were mostly light weight. For a very stable platform I wanted my table to be heavy.

This router table features a 3-hp Milwaukee router, Incra Masterlift II lift, fully adjustable fence position and fence faces, upper and lower dust collection, t-track in the fence face and on the router table surface to accommodate stops and featherboards, rubber feet to minimize vibration and the router air intake is piped out to a breathing port on the side of the cabinet. Also, the cabinet has a small door in the front that allows quick access to the router speed control. In addition, I used a commercial type external power switch with paddle off-button positioned so that the router can be shut off with a knee if necessary.

The router table top is made from two layers of 3/4” particle board with countertop laminate applied to top and bottom.

To install the incra master lift II, I used an incra router plate template and my hand-held router with a 1/2” pattern bit installed.

-- "Are you kidding me?"





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Ivan

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#1 posted 01-13-2019 01:44 PM

Real beauty!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-13-2019 01:58 PM

Thank you Ivan!

-- "Are you kidding me?"

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#3 posted 01-13-2019 02:05 PM

Nicely done and will be a great help in the shop.

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#4 posted 01-13-2019 03:03 PM

nice looking router table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 01-13-2019 03:18 PM

Well done looks solid

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

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#6 posted 01-13-2019 05:17 PM

Great job

-- Floyd - Harrison Arkansas

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 01-13-2019 08:34 PM

Stellar job on building the router table, top, and fence…..How do you like the Incra Masterlift 11 lift.? I’ve been thinking about getting on for my router table I built several years ago (it’s the Norm Abrams router table), but would prolly need to build a new top for the plate, etc. to fit in…That’s not a problem….Here’s a pix of my router setup…I have a 4” dust collection hose ran to the fence, and a 4” hose to the box….all hooked up with a “Y” and blast gates hooked to my dust collector…..!! My router is an Hitachi M12V 3 1/4” hp., and it works great…!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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#8 posted 01-13-2019 10:24 PM

I built mine as well. Nice job. I did add a micro adjustable fence and love it.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 01-14-2019 12:39 AM

Scraptastic!
Nice router table for being built out of scrap stuff. I’m kinda envious.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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Tom

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#10 posted 01-14-2019 01:54 AM

Nice project. Now you just need t post a plan so I can build one!

-- Tom

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#11 posted 01-14-2019 04:32 AM

It came out very nicely, lots of options for jigs

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#12 posted 01-14-2019 05:52 AM

NICE, working on one myself for many of the same reasons

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

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#13 posted 01-14-2019 07:26 AM

I’m with ya on saving money by rolling your own, and at the same time being able to put in all the features you wanted to have.

Great build, thanks for sharing, and congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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JimAtLumberjocks

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#14 posted 01-18-2019 05:27 AM

Thank you Rick! The masterlift ii works great. Nice router table!

Stellar job on building the router table, top, and fence…..How do you like the Incra Masterlift 11 lift.? I ve been thinking about getting on for my router table I built several years ago (it s the Norm Abrams router table), but would prolly need to build a new top for the plate, etc. to fit in…That s not a problem….Here s a pix of my router setup…I have a 4” dust collection hose ran to the fence, and a 4” hose to the box….all hooked up with a “Y” and blast gates hooked to my dust collector…..!! My router is an Hitachi M12V 3 1/4” hp., and it works great…!

- Rick Dennington


-- "Are you kidding me?"

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