Over under router table

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Project by sansoo22 posted 05-27-2020 05:44 AM 2232 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my router table. I’m not exactly sure what to call it so I refer to it as my over/under router table. It started as a Shopsmith over arm pin router that I picked up in a combo with a Milwaukee 5616-20 router for what I’m told was one heck of a nice deal. Since then this router has morphed in to something else. The idea for dual routers came about when I was trying to find a plunge base for the the Milwaukee. The base alone was $100 but at the same time i found a sweet deal on the 5616-24 that came with 2 bases and another matching router. I pulled the trigger on the kit and thus decided they should both be in the router table.

Now it has been outfitted with both top mounted pin router as well as an under table router. To finish the outfitting I have the Jess’em Master Fence II, a couple Jess’em feather boards, and the Jess’em power switch. I liked the red and black scheme a bit too much.

This didn’t quite turn out as well as I wanted but it was my first time with a drawers and cabinet doors. The hardest part was making sure the whole top assembly could be removed if I ever wanted to get the pin router steel frame back out for any reason. Secondary goal was to make sure I could fit the big Milwaukee case as well as have a second drawer for accessories and bits.

One fun part was getting the fence to fit. I wasn’t 100% sure I was buying a fence vs building one but got budget approval for the Jess’em and ordered it mid build. Turns out the two piece brackets werent going to work. So I had to figure out how to mill my own rail that accepted the outer bracket.

Another fun challenge to my primary goal of making everything removable was building a shroud for the back half of the table. The lip at the back keeps bits from rolling off and the dust port from ramming into the chrome pole if i push the fence to far back

And finally I included a big dust port as well as a hole for cable management. I don’t even have a big dust collector yet but figured why not plan ahead.

I think the biggest thing I learned on this build was if I’m going to build cabinets I need more than 2 big parallel clamps. A few mistakes in the carcass led to the draws not aligning as nicely as I wanted. Its shop furniture and a learning experience so Im not to upset about the fit and finish. At the end of the day its a pretty darn nice router table.

Edit: Here is the original Shopsmith setup if anyone is interested in how this whole thing came about.

Just under the table you can see the C-channel steel frame. That piece is in a U shape and is what I had to build the new setup around.

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#1 posted 05-27-2020 09:13 PM

That’s pretty neat, you made an overhead pin router as well. Just put a bearing on the bottom router

and run templates all day long. Good job!

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 05-27-2020 11:50 PM

Quite unique…...Hope it works good for you…….!!

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

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#3 posted 05-28-2020 02:40 AM

Thanks Waho and Rick. I will agree its a strange setup but so far I really like it. The top router can plunge up and down so I find it a breeze to get the proper depth with the plunge mechanism. Round overs are brain dead simple. Bring the arm down until the bit touches your piece, turn the handle to lock it in place, and make your cuts.

I need to pick up a good template bearing set and then I’m going to play around a bit and see how that works out.

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