Router Table

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Project by linjay posted 12-18-2011 07:01 PM 3016 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes it is complete—for now. I’m calling it Phase 1. Someday phase 2 will be adding a few more drawers and electrifying it so I can turn router and vacuum on with one switch. I need to build a lot of other things before even thinking about phase 2.
I’d like to thank many who have posted router tables and were the basis of this one customized to my needs.
I’ve had the basic purchased router table for about 4 years—sitting on a couple of work mates—which were at least portable and took up a lot of room. My router bits were 10’ away so I was really looking forward to have everything I needed in one place. I added slots to ends of purchased router table to allow clamping a guide rail or something else which is sometimes helpful.
This was made from birch plywood. Drawer sides (oak) dado’d into fronts. Buying 12” slides for this many drawers was going to cost more than I wanted to spend so drawer sides are dado’d and birch guides on inside walls. Slides were attached to side wall before final assemblyso accurate location of mating left and right slides was key to functionalityl. All the drawers had to be exactly the same width so I used a jig to locate dado recesses in fronts to ensure they’d be right. I waxed the drawer side dado’s and the drawers slide really nicely. I also didn’t want to have drawer pulls that could catch clothing and I didn’t want to spend money on them either. I recessed drawer fronts with radiused bowl and tray router bit then added 1/4” thick walnut facing as the pull (bottom edge below upper edge of recess. First time I’d done this and I really like the way it turned out. Drawer faces were made with a little extra material on the bottom edge to allow aome final fitting and perfect gap between drawers. Just installed bottom drawer 1st then determined how much to take off the bottom of the next drwer face.
I used 2.5” casters – 3 have brakes. Phenolic wheels don’t have a lot of grip on a painted, dusty concrete floor—which forced me to 3 instead of the normal 2 which were a bit marginal. Next time I’d go urethane rubber wheels.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 12-18-2011 08:12 PM

excellent router table. \the drawers are very well done and look great. Lots of storage. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 12-18-2011 08:19 PM

Wow that’s a cool router table ,well done.


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#3 posted 12-18-2011 08:26 PM

Very nice! great job and look fwd to seeing phase two. I have the same Triton Router which I love! Enjoy!

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

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#4 posted 12-18-2011 09:06 PM

No wasted space here !! Nice project : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 12-18-2011 11:06 PM

Yes I’m superimpressed with the Triton Router and price was very reasonable. Tremendous value. Easy to make adjustments from the top.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 02:05 AM

Very nice drawer design! Looks like a great setup.

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#7 posted 12-19-2011 08:24 AM

Very nice. I am going to be building something similar very soon as I have been using a small portable router table for a couple of years now and would like to build something bigger with good dust collection. I will probably do the same thing with the dado’d drawers and wooden slides to save money. Hopefully mine will turn out as nice as yours did.

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#8 posted 12-19-2011 10:16 AM

That’s a great router table with a lot of storage areas.

I like your thinking about the handles.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 12-19-2011 04:12 PM

Plenty to like about this set up, it mobile, plenty of storage and it large work surface. Enjoy using it and stay safe my good man…BC

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 12-19-2011 04:32 PM

That is a great router table. You will love using it!!
That is a real nice dovetail fixture you once stored in there. What about a shelf on the back to keep all the router related stuff together? Just a thought for the future!.............Jim

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

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#11 posted 12-21-2011 06:15 AM

Well done. Anxiously awaiting step two.

-- --bch

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#12 posted 12-02-2012 08:57 PM

Very classy drawer design – And overall a practical design.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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