Router Table

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Project by lrob posted 02-09-2011 02:02 AM 3015 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This router table was started with the intent of using recycled lumber from and old piano. The top was gotten at the local lumber yard and cut to size. the top is 24” x 32” and trimmed in local cherry, as is the front. The slides on the top are from Rockler. I made the t-nuts and had the handles in the shop. The fence is chestnut . The drawer fronts and doors are pine and chestnut from piano. The frame is recycled scrap 2×4’s that was around the shop. The sides and back are all local pine we cut down about 6 years ago. The unit is 34” from floor with locking casters. the side drawers are 6”x 6” and the small bottom doors are 6”x 10”. The bottom center drawer is 10” x 12”. The center lexan door is 1/2” x 12” x 14”, which was salvaged from a project I was doing at work. The handles are composites, the knobs came off and old cabinet I got at an auction. The handle on the Lexan door came off a molding machine I scrapped at work. The router lift is a Jessum which the kids got me for my birthday. The router is a 3HP Dewalt with both 1/4” and 1/2”. I have been using the unit and works great. The only thing I have to do is put the Lexan door on when I get self closing hinges and finish the prints. At lot of work but well worth the effort.

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 02:09 AM

Nice work, you’ll get good use out of our new table!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 02:22 AM

A chestnut fence! Now that’s routing in style!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 03:41 AM

I love the way you put the carcase together – somehow it’s a lot nicer to me than plywood. I also like that it’s mostly recycled.

I’m not crazy about the fence, but if you’re happy I’m happy. Personally I like to be able to reduce the opening around the bit, and yours looks big enough to be a problem for something short, say the end grain of a 4” by 10” drawer front that you’re profiling or something similar. Anyway, if it works for you that’s great.

What I really want to know about, however, is the gorgeous piece of lumber in the background of picture 5. It looks like 12/4×10 x really long of some really sweet exotic, but it’s tough to tell in the photo.

All in all, a great router table (the hole for the plate looks pretty good, by the way, slight overshoot in the upper left but nothing nasty).

Thanks a bunch for posting.

-- Chris

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 04:33 AM

Very nice table. Not crazy about that style of fence because it doesn’t work for me, but great looking.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 05:45 AM

Hi LJ neighbor… yes very nice table (almost to nice for the workshop). I love your re-cycle work. I bought a table top from Rockler down in Salem and a Jessum lift (great tool) and put those on a plywood 3 piece cabinet. My shop can get a tad damp from our spring NH season, so plywood was my choice. With the price of cherry, I can’t put it in my shop, so I built my cabinet drawers from pine and used extra left over paint. I do have to agree with Chris and Steliart about the fence… I like flexibility. But very nice job!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#6 posted 02-09-2011 06:53 AM

Any advice on how to make your own T-nuts? I have to buy mine at the store.

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#7 posted 02-09-2011 12:07 PM

Nice all the weay around on this. Well done

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

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