New Router Table

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Project by s_grifter posted 01-17-2012 03:09 AM 3997 views 10 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally, I have my my new router table done enough that I felt comfortable adding photos of it. I was unhappy with the last router table I built so I have redesigned it. I kept some things the same, the big difference is the the size. The new router is wider, taller, and deeper than my last one. I have also added a commercial top. I made the last top from laminating two pieces of 3/4” Mdf and banded it with 1” thick oak. I had it supported very well, or so I thought, but it still sagged. The new router table has much more support under the top, especially around the router lift. I spent a lot more time setting up the dust collection for the cabinet and the fence. The old table only had a fence collector. The biggest thing that I like is the added drawer space, the old one had full highth drawers, the new one has shallow drawers, that allow wider bits, like panel raising bits, to hang over the edge. Even though the drawers are not much larger, this give me a lot more room. Anyhow, I hope you guys like it.
The front of the cabinet is White Oak Burl with a black costello inlay and rift white oak boarders. All done in the vacum press.

front of the cabinet

side of the cabinet. The other side is a mirrow image, if I want to move the shop around I can power a dedicated shop vac from either side and yes, both outlets are controlled by the main power switch so that the shop vac turn on and off with the router.

front with drawers extended

side with drawers open.
Thanks for looking, and thanks for all the ideas that I got from everyone.

Inside the cabinet

a closet look at the inside

Here is the new top, a woodpeker solid phenolic top. Found it on e-bay for I price I could not walk away from, it is exactly what I wanted.

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 03:18 AM

Another project to add to my to-do list <sigh>. Very nice, I like the design and especially all of the large drawers you have below the table.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 03:19 AM

That is a sweet set up. Thanks for all the pics!

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 03:21 AM

For some reason the pics in the description are super big, so I added some of them as thumbnails so you can see the whole thing.

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 03:40 AM

Very nice table!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 01-17-2012 03:48 AM

I guess it would put it into better context if I would have remembered to upload a photo of the old router table.

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#6 posted 01-17-2012 04:00 AM

When I first saw this post I thought it was a joke who would place such beautiful wood on a router table. But I think this is a outstanding router table ,beautiful too, so beautiful it could be placed in a home.


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#7 posted 01-17-2012 05:46 AM

Coming from a handtools only guy….bravo! Awesome table and nice handlplanes to drool at… Thanks for the post, well done job on this!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#8 posted 01-17-2012 06:53 AM

nice setup..was just looking into a jessem table, Soo the 3/4 phenolic feels a lot stiffer than the previous 1 1/2” mdf ?

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#9 posted 01-17-2012 01:03 PM

good job. I like it. :)

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#10 posted 01-17-2012 01:50 PM

wow! now this is a special router table. Who would not lust over this? the drawers are so eye-popping & all the drawers are fantastic…very very, seriously cool!

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#11 posted 01-17-2012 02:59 PM

Very nice!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 01-17-2012 04:50 PM

WOW- Is that a shop fixture or fine furniture?

Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#13 posted 01-17-2012 06:08 PM

Gerat Job! Beautiful piece!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#14 posted 01-17-2012 06:35 PM

I love this router table. Beautiful work. Personally I can’t get into the “tools as furniture” mentality. While I take care in building stuff for my work shop to make sure it is durable and functional I just don’t put much effort into making it pretty. One big reason is my benches and tables and shelves tend to get beat on and banged up and I’d hate to have nicely finished furniture quality wood get ruined.

But more power to those who like to do this sort of work for their shop. That is one nice looking router table.

-- Bill--Genuine, verified, certified, card carrying amateur at just about everything.

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#15 posted 01-17-2012 07:18 PM

Thanks everyone. The main reason that I veneered the drawer fronts is because I wanted to get more experience at doing it by hand, I havent had many projects come along where people are wanting to have a veneered piece like this. I have done a few other pieces with veneered panels, but they were just to match existing pieces and werent that flashy. Besides getting more experience, it also lets me show people a little more of what I can do. But everyone is right, it is a very “fancy” piece just to have in the shop. It was a fun project and I really couldnt think of anything else to do that sounded as fun to build and I just didnt like the look of my old router table, it was just too bland. But, thanks again everyone.

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