10 min ugly router table

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Project by Gaslight posted 01-07-2012 11:21 PM 2163 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have been needing a router table for some time. Two problems one I have very little space and two if I went out an just spent $100 on one with a baby on the way my wife might not be to happy with me. So after watching some of Steve Ramseys videos I figured I could just build one cheap. Well the space was still a problem so I decided to see if this idea would work and for what it is I could not have asked it to work better. One side has legs and the other side I can clamp to my current work bench. When I am done just pop off the clamps and put it out the way. I still need a fence for it and would like it to look a little better but for now it will get the job done.

-- Mike "Gaslight"

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#1 posted 01-07-2012 11:25 PM

Looks a lot like mine! I needed to slap something together to work as a router table. I spent a couple hours on it and it manages to do the job – even if it is ugly as can be.

After all it was a temporary set up and I planned on making a nice one later.

That was 28 years ago! I still use it.

And I still plan on making a nice one later…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 11:56 PM

My theory does it work… then it doesn’t have to be pretty… My router jig

Well done

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 01:15 AM

Looks schmooks. for a fence a straight piece of lumber with a couple of clamps and you are good to go.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 01-08-2012 03:30 AM

It’s no uglier than mine. I threw one together from scrap plywood and salvaged laminated shelving, like Steve posted above, it was only meant for one project then I was going to build a nice one… that was at least 5 years ago and I’m still using it.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 05:32 AM

If it works than it’s good.


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#6 posted 01-08-2012 05:51 AM

Your descriptive powers are amazingly accurate. That router table is immensely better than none at all (if it works).

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#7 posted 01-08-2012 03:32 PM

Looks like a great solution to a problem.


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

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#8 posted 01-08-2012 03:50 PM

My first table saw, over 40 years ago, was a portable circular saw, fastened to the underside of a piece of plywood setting on a couple of saw horses and a board with two clamps for the fence. Set up took some time but I made a lot of stuff I needed for my young family back then. I did the same thing with my first router table when I was in a jam and needed one. I use a sink cut out scrounged from a scrap pile. “Pretty is as pretty does”, my MOM used to say.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 01-08-2012 08:09 PM

We all have to start somewhere . Good for you : )

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

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#10 posted 01-08-2012 08:46 PM

Looks great and I’m sure it works fine too.

For a fence you need nothing more than a flat edged board. If you don’t have a jointer you can simply use double stick tape or nails to attach a known straight edge to the fence and rout the edge true with a flush trim bit.

If you want to make the top a bit more durable, sand and spray on a couple coats of clear finish.

And it looks great.
Much nicer than the formica on my router table, which can only be described as “vomit orgy”, but hey, it was a $12 “damaged” sheet.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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