newTim's OverTheTop Router-KregJig-Crosscut-Assembly Table

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Project by newTim posted 05-11-2012 04:25 AM 20455 views 87 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the table Kreg should make. Not long ago I called them to ask if they made a combination router and KregJig table. While I wasn’t surprised at the answer, no, I did note a bit of sarcasm. It was like the person was saying “why would we do a dumb thing like that”? Why indeed?

This table is designed as a multi function table to work in a small space and to replace my previous assembly table (4,400 views) that I’m now using as an infeed table for my tablesaw.

I bought a Rousseau Workbench System with locking wheels at Woodcraft for less than $100. It was a bit unstable (twisting and racking), but that was without a top screwed down. Since these tops are very heavy (two 3/4 MDF w/ laminate, router, Kreg clamp plate, etc.) I beefed up the frame with plywood sides and with the top screwed down to a wooden frame it is very solid, but also mobile.

My biggest hassle and most time consuming operation is simply to crosscut plywood or MDF sheets. In the past I’ve used foam insulation, a pair of 2×3 rails, or just bridged the sheet between a table and the tablesaw. All of these worked, but they required some storage and it was time consuming and hard to dance around a small shop with heavy sheets. To solve this problem I made two table tops with the router on one end and the Kreg clamps on the other with a space in between. I added a plywood spacer with a dust port to help keep the dust down and it works great. I’m sure I’ll use it for cleanup and other things later on.

I used the big 3 1/4 HP Triton Router because of an article in Fine Woodworking. The router has a built in height adjustment and the dust collection is really good. One problem I encountered, however, that was not mentioned in the article is because of the thickness of these tops I did not have enough clearence for the dust hose. To solve the problem I routed out two large grooves in the table bottom so I can rotate the router 180 degrees if I need to.

Eventually I plan to add some 3/4” holes and a couple of the smaller Kreg clamp plates and a slide out tray on the bottom. So far so good.
I also want to give a shout out to Kevin Coombs who did a real nice Kreg table.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 04:53 AM

I think you have started something here. This do-all table is what a whole lot of hobby woodworkers need and want. Very good job thinking this all out and putting it all together.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 05:11 AM

That is a great setup. Way to go.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#3 posted 05-11-2012 05:52 AM

That is over the top…..well done.

-- Vince

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#4 posted 05-11-2012 08:11 AM

Out of necessity, comes Genius. I have considered a combo before, but not a triple play as you have designed. Thank you for the share. Stuff like this, is what makes LJ’s so intoxicating.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#5 posted 05-11-2012 01:00 PM

Wow what a great table and set up you have designed.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#6 posted 05-11-2012 01:02 PM

Ah, meat and potatoes. This is what we wood-a-holics crave. An excellent build that solves multi-functional needs as well as space and layout. Thank you Tim and Kevin for the direction that these builds are going. You have stirred the creative pot.

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

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#7 posted 05-11-2012 01:39 PM

Very nice. Very versatile. Now, because of Bradford, I’m hungry

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 05-11-2012 02:13 PM

Awe. Some.

-- Kevin

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#9 posted 05-11-2012 03:03 PM

Added to favorites! :DDD

I don’t do cabinet work these days, as my work space is too limited. But that my change some day and, when it does, I definitely want a table like this one. Thanks for sharing!

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#10 posted 05-11-2012 03:39 PM

Great idea and execution. If Kreg comes out with this now, lawyer up! ;)

Looks fun.

-- Comfortably covered in dust

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Grant Davis

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#11 posted 05-11-2012 04:00 PM

This things need to have a feature story done about it in EVERY woodworking magazine on the news media shelves. What a great idea that is definitely going in my today file.

Great job OP.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#12 posted 05-11-2012 04:45 PM

great design…

looks very functional.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#13 posted 05-11-2012 04:50 PM

That is a great table. You got me trying to figure out how to fit something that size into my shop(312sqft). Thanks for including details of how it was built. This is now on my todo list. :D

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

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#14 posted 05-11-2012 04:51 PM


As Bradford said you stirred a lot of creative juices with this build. I have confined space and now thinking of doing this as removable out feed to my Jet Hybrid TS. I also have that router but in a table that just doesn’t do the trick for me. This will solve all my needs. Its really a great design and build! Thank you for sharing!

Danestar – aka Tim

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#15 posted 05-11-2012 09:55 PM

Tim, tener envidia sana alguna vez no mata. Felisitaciones muy completa tu mesa

-- Hernan, Argentina

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