A bigger router table

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Project by mreza posted 05-08-2012 03:19 PM 48511 views 46 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After more than two years I finally got to build a new project: a new and bigger router table. Had bought a PRL router lift about 2 years ago and a Milwaukee 3.25HP to use with it but have not had the chance to build a new table until new. And even now it took a lot longer as shop time is lot more limited these days.

Nothing particularly new as it is very similar to 1000’s of other router tables out there most based on Norm’s design. The top is 38” x 28” made out of two layers of 3/4” MDF glued and then laminated on top. The cabinet is from BB ply all around (including the drawers and drawer fronts). The edges are all walnut (all from scraps I had). I used my Jessem doweling jig for the first time (that too after about 2 years buying it!) to build the cabinet. The base has 4 casters and 4 leveling feet that can be retracted when moving this is needed.
I might have gone a little over the board and added 4 beams (out of BB ply) under the base and also two 1.5”x3” hard maple between the lower and upper bank of drawers to get a very ridgid base that would support the top.

It has 2.5” + 5” dust ports. The location of switch is such that I can turn it off with my leg/hip when needed. The T-tracks are added for using hold downs/feather boards.

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 03:25 PM

I had to get some tissues
Beautiful work

-- The price of the project can be found in the smiles of those who receive it. Some things are priceless.

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 03:37 PM

Wow this looks more like fine furniture a fantastic router tabel


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#3 posted 05-08-2012 03:48 PM

Amazing. I would display that in my living room so everyone who came by could see it. It would drive my wife and kids crazy when I used it since I don’t have a dust collector in that part of the house but it would be worth it. Beautiful work.

-- Kayvon

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 03:52 PM

I think my wife would let me put that in her kitchen or even the living room. Nice!

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 03:55 PM

Do you ever use your D-handle base on the Dewalt router. I thought I would use mine a lot more, but I reach for the plunge or standard fixed base more.
Great work on the router table. Looks good!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 04:05 PM

great looking router table …...........we all have that problum buying something and taking awile to put it to use

-- If your not supposed to have hair on your face......why does it grow their

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 04:16 PM

Stunning! Great job. I really need to do the same myself.

-- Paul Lyons

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 04:28 PM

That will definitely do the job and pretty to look at to boot! I have some tools that have yet to be used, but someday it will come in handy! You done did good!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 04:38 PM

Most excellent MReza!

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 06:21 PM

You don’t normally see “router table” and “pretty” in the same sentence. But wow. The bar’s been raised.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#11 posted 05-08-2012 06:27 PM

BEE-U-TI-FULL!!!! This is crazy nice! The company that made your router would pay to have this as a display piece.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 05-08-2012 06:27 PM

That is a most exellent router table. Great job.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#13 posted 05-08-2012 07:04 PM

Think it can stand up to this? Just kidding, what a fantastic piece! Almost looks too nice to cover in saw dust.

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#14 posted 05-08-2012 08:21 PM

Thanks for the comments.

As for the Dewalt D-handle: I use it for hand-held edge routing mostly.

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#15 posted 05-08-2012 08:38 PM

Great looking table. I hope to be able to make something like this one day.

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