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Evolution of an Ultimate Router Table

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Project by CampD posted 07-16-2019 09:08 PM 2330 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after many years (probably about 20) my Router Table is complete. This final version is a culmination of three previous versions, with the first being a Porter Cable Benchtop model. First I added extension wings to it and the first version of this fence.

The fence is fully adjustable in both height and width to accommodate most sizes of Bits (I use leftover Laminate for all my shop tabletops, and yes, none match. I did hang on to the missing laminate strip for years but wouldn’t you know it, I now cannot find it). Next, I replaced the Benchtop Table with a INCRA MasterLift, boy that’s a an upgrade in precision adjustments.

The size of the Tabletop was sized to fit the Fence and basically just used it on legs for some time, ok years!. At the same time, I upgraded the fence by strengthening and adding more adjustments. Time for dust collection

The Cabinet was built to a comfortable working height for me. Worked on and changed that for some time, also adding dust collection to the fence to what you see now.

Time for Drawers to hide all the router stuff! Of course, I only made the 4 uppers first, wouldn’t want to rush it!

And Finally this past weekend, the lower two drawers and center section. Originally I planned on just two Drawers alone, but given time to figure out what I had, I decided to add a center section for lesser used bases and add-ons. And last but not least, Drawer Fronts.


Shop speedbump for effect

This Table was needed and used a lot during this long build process, that contributed to the long time it took to complete. But this time allowed me to fully think and set it up just the way I wanted, my needs changed as time went by. I may even sand and paint it at some point, but I wouldn’t want to rush it!

-- Doug...





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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 07-16-2019 09:26 PM

Doug, the table looks great. However, it looks like you overworked your poor assistant and Speedbump is a curious name for your right hand.

-- Art

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pottz

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#2 posted 07-16-2019 10:07 PM

sounds like a long road but looks like youve now got a winner.too bad we cant just get that final version right from the beginning,but what fun would that be right.looks like the poor dog is worn out too-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 07-16-2019 10:17 PM

Good looking Router table Doug,with lots of details.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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CampD

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#4 posted 07-16-2019 10:24 PM

Thanks Guys!
The shop is the coolest place on these hot summer days, the second one is on the other side of the Bench. had to dance around them all afternoon.

-- Doug...

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Jerry

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#5 posted 07-16-2019 11:08 PM

20 years, not bad for a router table :-)

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#6 posted 07-16-2019 11:20 PM

WOW…i love it!

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

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#7 posted 07-16-2019 11:28 PM

Man that is truly a wonderful looking router table. You did an amazing job.

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GR8HUNTER

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#8 posted 07-16-2019 11:48 PM

i wish i had room for a beautiful table right like that … love your exhausted helper GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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oldrivers

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#9 posted 07-17-2019 02:52 AM

Your persistence has paid off big time. Beautiful Router Table Well designed great workmanship, congratulations on a job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 07-17-2019 10:16 AM

Nice job! 20 years?

-- Petey

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Ramma

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#11 posted 07-17-2019 02:14 PM

Very nice router table my friend! A router table is on my list for my shop as well, after my assembly table, and mter saw atation, and…..... haha!

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CampD

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#12 posted 07-17-2019 02:19 PM



Very nice router table my friend! A router table is on my list for my shop as well, after my assembly table, and mter saw atation, and…..... haha!

- Ramma

Haha, yeah my Mitersaw Station upgrade is going on 4 years now, and assembly table, thats the Tablesaw outfeed.

-- Doug...

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#13 posted 07-17-2019 05:57 PM

A nice assortment of features and adjustments, plenty to consider!

These things are never complete as you mention, they evolve as we do. Great attention to the small details Doug!

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#14 posted 07-18-2019 11:57 AM

Great job love the speed bump as well. Mine is same.

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

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CampD

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#15 posted 07-18-2019 01:07 PM


These things are never complete as you mention, they evolve as we do.

- splintergroup

True that!
Ideas of adding to the drawers are already going thru my head.

-- Doug...

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