Router TableBase

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Project by sawdustroad posted 01-19-2008 01:45 AM 6750 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wound up with a router table top for christmas and am getting ready to build the base.

I’ll start with sketchup and post its progress as I go.

The router table top is from Woodpecker and it seems nice. Given a good support stand it should be a great addition.

Stage2: Ok, here is my first concept plan. Any thoughts or first impressions?

Design goals: Movable, sag prevention and storage for all my router accessories.

Router house height: Right now, I have chosen 12 inches for the height of the router housing. I’m not sure that will be deep enough. Measuring my plunge attachment for the 690 router, it maxes out at 11”. Not sure I’ll use this router for ever, but I’m sure it won’t be upgraded for many years.

Dust: I’m planning on putting in an acrylic door to cover the Router House and a 4” port out the back to connect to my dust collector. Before attaching the 4 inch line, I’m planning on having a tee for topside dust collection using a dedicated 4-6’ piece of 2” hose.

You can get the sketchup plans at

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#1 posted 01-19-2008 01:53 AM

Good luck on your project.
You will need to decide if you will go with a home made fence or buy one like the Incra.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-19-2008 11:46 AM

It doesn’t show here, what provisions have you made for dust collection?

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#3 posted 01-19-2008 07:30 PM

I did add in a 4” dust port to the base of the “router house”. I’ll most likely control incoming air volume using a stopgate or flue <sp> where it enters the base. I also want to add a dedicated 2” utility hose off of a tee at the input for use above the top surface.

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#4 posted 01-20-2008 03:04 PM

Oh man! I love the vertical drawers for router bit storage. I’ve already got the left side drawers built on my router table project, can anyone guess what’s going in the right side?

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#5 posted 01-26-2008 08:38 AM

Well, I’ve decided my first concept was too much. The new design is heavily leveraged from a video I saw from Kreg on router tables. Though I liked the first design, I didn’t like some stength points, and found that I like the idea of pulling dust out of a port under the router. Adding a tilt table will make the very deep set router plate section much more manageable. Ok, enough messing around, time to build this thing.

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#6 posted 02-27-2008 07:17 AM

Well, Chalk up the first project of the new year. Christmas present is “almost” (no fence, no power switch) complete. I like it, and it also reminded me that even cool tools like sketchup can bite you if you aren’t careful. I blindly accepted its measurements as gospel, and low and behold it lied to me! the drawer, inside face was off by 1/8th an inch. I guess I should have questioned it, but that was after the cut was already made…

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#7 posted 02-27-2008 08:56 AM

I went with the New Yankee dust collection design. I decided against the bottom extraction because I was worried that I might drop some when changing out a bit and then have to fish it out of the dust collection system.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#8 posted 03-02-2010 04:02 PM

I really like what youve done here. Sorry to here about the 1/8 error on one of your drawers. I have the pinnacle router table/stand. Ive been thinking about enclosing the stand part in a cabinet system and like your ideas. I hope you dont mind if I “borrow” some. Also thanks for your sketch up knowledge as well.

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina,

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