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Project by DeLaMadera posted 01-25-2021 01:35 PM 837 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the course of several months last summer/fall, I built a new router table. I spent a lot of time designing before the build. Unfortunately, I only have one or two “in progress” photos. Most are of the finished table. In one the table is upside down, but you can see the inner webs which will provide support for drawers. You can also see the inner box for the router motor. I ended up using slides, so the webs were not strictly necessary for all the drawers, but they help keep the case square, and give me some nice dividers on the front between the drawers.

The carcass is mostly 3/4 plywood, edged with some clear pine. It has a water based poly finish.

Some of the table features:
  • 9 total drawers – lots of storage for jigs, wrenches, a handheld router, footswitch, etc.
  • 3 dedicated drawers for bits – one for 1/4” shank, 2 for 1/2” shank.
  • control box provides two utility outlets – one switched and one un-switched. (lower left inset in main photo)
  • height equal to the table saw, so it can be an outfeed table
  • removable back (just in case)
  • Adjustable louvers on the router compartment to control airflow through the box from the front to the rear dust port. The router lift has a slotted insert to also allow airflow from the top down. (lower right inset in main photo)

The dust collection in the table has turned what was the “dirtiest” tool in my shop into a very clean one. Dust control is very effective. After several months in use, there might be a few tablespoons of dust in the inner box.

The drawers are great – everything is right there – bits and wrenches. All the loose bits I had all over the shop are now in one place. The 1/4” shank drawer was drilled with a letter “F” drill, which is 0.257” – just a tiny bit larger than the shank – so the bits go in and out easier. The 1/2” drawers were drilled with a 15mm bit which at about 0.57” gives the same effect. If I was doing it over, I’d use a letter “G” for the 1/4”, to give a little looser fit.

-- Steve





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987Ron

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#1 posted 01-25-2021 02:42 PM

Wow when I first saw it I thought it was mine, same lift, same fence (mine is an older model) similar idea with the bit storage. However you have perfected it more than I did. Very nice. Good planning and workmanship.

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 01-25-2021 02:48 PM

Excellent

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Rich1955

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#3 posted 01-25-2021 02:52 PM

Nice router table, lots of storage. Well done!

-- Rich

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 01-25-2021 03:37 PM

I have the same fence (older model) and similar drawer setup. Only wish I had more space for bits, both the 1/4” and 1/2” drawers are full 8^)

A heavily used shop tool, good work!

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WillliamMSP

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#5 posted 01-25-2021 04:06 PM

Nice! I aspired to do something like this for my recently built table, but it was just too much of an outlay for me, starting from scratch. Maybe in a couple years I’ll re-build and it’ll be easier to justify the LS positioner, etc.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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Woodmaster1

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#6 posted 01-25-2021 04:26 PM

Awesome looking router cabinet. Yours has more features and looks better than the Incra one I am finishing up. I made my own table too cheap to buy one.

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BurlyBob

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#7 posted 01-25-2021 05:02 PM

Fantastic, from every angle.

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oldrivers

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#8 posted 01-25-2021 05:41 PM

Looks Great, well organized this is an inspiring build.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 01-25-2021 06:11 PM

Real nice work on that router station!!

Cheers, JIm

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

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#10 posted 01-25-2021 08:47 PM

Well thought out and well done.

-- Petey

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RDan

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#11 posted 01-25-2021 11:00 PM

Great looking set up. I really like the INCRA inserts for dust collection. I have the Rockler Version and the dust box with it. I am thinking of making a fold up wing in back for my original Incra Jig since I cannot afford the big set up at this time and already have the original. Dan

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#12 posted 01-26-2021 01:00 AM

Wow. Great job, I love the design.

-- AJ

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#13 posted 01-26-2021 03:31 AM

Fabulous router table, nice job.

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SuperCubber

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#14 posted 01-31-2021 05:08 AM

Very well thought out! Nice job!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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Calmudgeon

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#15 posted 02-02-2021 02:10 PM

Nice work. That should survive and earthquakes or bombs. The “over-drilling” is a great idea. When I built my first router table, I don’t remember it being an issue. But I recently re-built the unit in my table saw extension and for some reason the holes are all way too tight. I wish I could remember the recipe for the secret sauce I used the first go-round.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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