My $2.00 Router table

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Project by Pete_Jud posted 02-21-2008 06:42 AM 2962 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed another router table to just do a 1/8th inch grove notch in the product that I make, so I found some old cutting board, and made this table using reclamed western red alder that I resawed to 3/4 inch x 3 inch boards and dadoed the corners. The router was free from the local pawn shop because the stop lock was broken. I set up the top supports to hold the top for changing the router bits. I figure I have less than two bucks of glue and materials into this project.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#1 posted 02-21-2008 08:11 AM

now that’s what i call a deal!!! great looking router table.

-- Earl

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#2 posted 02-21-2008 10:31 AM

I can’t wait to see what you make on it. “necessity is the mother of all inventions, but only a lumberjock can make a $2 router table” Nice Job there Pete.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 02-21-2008 11:04 AM

Now that’s stretching a dollar. Try not to spend so much on your next project :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 02-21-2008 11:15 AM

i made my first router table out of a floor model tv someone gave me. it worked great until i needed more precision. i love reclaiming discarded stuff and making it useful. awesome table dude, way better than mine.

-- @jonboon81

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#5 posted 02-21-2008 01:02 PM

Very nice “find” with the router. Nice table too.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-21-2008 04:28 PM

Wow, I think this wins the prize in the “thrifty projects” category!

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

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#7 posted 02-21-2008 04:29 PM

Can you say frugal!

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

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#8 posted 02-21-2008 04:45 PM

When I first read the sentence “The router was free from the local pawn shop because the stop lock was broken.”, I read it as “because the SHOP lock was broken.” I thought you walked in the pawn shop at night and stole the router. I was amazed that somebody would post something like that. Glad to see you didn’t have to resort to that. Great table for that price. I’m not sure anybody could beat that.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#9 posted 02-21-2008 06:20 PM

Pretty extravagant for 2 bucks! Nice work.

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#10 posted 02-21-2008 08:51 PM

That’s awesome. I’m actually in the market for my first router and based on other suggestions have one picked out (2-1/4hp Triton for around $200) – and I was looking at the Bench Dog Benchtop router table for another $200 – but thinking I might take some inspiration from you, sir, and build myself something.

I know there’s no shortage of “build a router table” plans all over the place, but this has inspired me to think that I can do it with just the stuff I have around the house – and not have to worry about going out and spending $200+ on materials.
Thanks for this.

-- - living vicariously through lumberjocks

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#11 posted 02-21-2008 10:04 PM

Nice table – the best things are often under our noses just waiting to be discovered.

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#12 posted 02-22-2008 04:13 AM

Pete, Welcome to Lumber Jocks. That is one way to cut the costs of this hobby down, great job on the recyle.
Can’t wait to see some of the other stuff you have done or are working on.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 03-29-2008 07:50 AM

right up my alley, good job saving the cash… that looks like it will work perfectly

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 03-12-2012 07:45 PM

Can’t get better than free, nice router table too!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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