Router Table

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Project by DonnBialik posted 03-16-2011 04:11 PM 4798 views 19 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this router table from Russian birch ply for the carcass, 1 1/2” MDF with white laminate on top and a special skin on bottom (yes, MDF can warp). I used a Woodpecker Quicklift with a PC 7518. I wired it so it has a switch on the front, plug inside the router compartment, and a 2 gang outlet on the side (1 gang wired with the switch for dust collection and one extra). I used a template to route out the rabbet for the lift plate, edge banded the top with hard maple, routed slots in the front door for a hopper ramp (yet to be built).

The fence which is still being completed is made from extruded aluminum with a melamine face.

The drawers are huge: the far top right drawer holds plunge routers, and the rest hold absolutely all extra router “stuff.”

I made a special set of runners later (after these photos) with 2 fixed casters and two legs so it’s stable yet can be moved if needed.

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 04:17 PM

Love the drawers! You have very nice designs.

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David Drummond

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 04:18 PM

Very nice! How did you make the scalloped recess for the drawer handles?

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 04:20 PM

i was wondering how you were going to add an interesting twist to this utilitarian piece, but there you have it. how DID you make those scallops?

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 04:21 PM

I used a tilted sled on the spindle sander and just advanced it slowly.

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 04:22 PM

I can’t take credit for the drawer details. I toured Paul Breskin’s shop and he had used this detail on his router table drawers.

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 04:26 PM

Beautiful! The scalloped drawer fronts are a great design addition to a very functional router table.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 04:27 PM

Very nice table would look great in my shop.

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#8 posted 03-16-2011 04:37 PM

Great twist on an old design. Thanks!

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#9 posted 03-16-2011 04:38 PM

Well done, just what I am dreaming about for my work shop. Back to sleep now,Cheers

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#10 posted 03-16-2011 04:57 PM

Nice router table. Love the drawer pulls.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 03-16-2011 05:21 PM

beautiful design!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#12 posted 03-16-2011 06:28 PM

great table, enjoy using it now!!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#13 posted 03-16-2011 06:35 PM

Great job Don
Those drawer scallops are cool looking & that finish on the plywood has a nice luster.
All that drawer storage is nice to have too.
Hope you get a lot of fun use out of it.

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#14 posted 03-16-2011 10:09 PM

Outstanting router table. I love the drawer handles. I wish my rt looked this good. 2 questions. What are you doing for the fence, and what are you going to mount in that lift?

-- Glen

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#15 posted 03-17-2011 05:32 AM

nice! you’re happy.well built

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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