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Project by SteveL posted 04-15-2008 04:53 PM 3473 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple weeks ago I started a forum thread to get advice on how to build a new router table. Thanks everyone for all your great advice. Here is the completed result. The top is commercial, bought from Woodpeckers as their “LE Fence package” with their aluminum plate insert. I was going to use a lift, but since I already had a Triton 2-1/4 HP router, I decided to use that since it’s got a built-in, above-table lift mechanism. This saved a few hundred $, which is good, cause I owed Uncle Sam a fair bit more than that today. (Yes it’s April 15th, so get out of your shop and get your taxes done!)

The base consists of a torsion box of 18mm baltic birch which is 6” high. Inside this basic open box are two cross braces that span the box from front-to-back either side of the router plate. The legs are 3/4” poplar, 36” high, based on the article in this year’s FW Tools and Shops (“Build a Rock Solid Router Table”.) I added a shelf to stow my router case and my plate joiner. The legs are about 5-3/4” wide at the top, and taper down to about 4” at the feet. Each foot has a leveling mechanism which is based on a suggestion in this month’s FW. I followed their recommendation and used crutch tips over 3/4” dowels as the “feet”. Unfortunately, if you need to put all four feet down, the rubber crutch tips are too springy and you get some vibration. I fixed it the way I would have done without the levelers—wooden shims. Anyway, now I’ll be able to do some serious pattern routing!

-- SteveL





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#1 posted 04-15-2008 05:09 PM

Looks great, that should get the job done!

-- Bill, Florida

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#2 posted 04-15-2008 06:01 PM

Nce looking table, Steve.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 04-15-2008 06:21 PM

VERY nice looking table- nice job.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#4 posted 04-15-2008 07:06 PM

Great looking table. I see that you got a great lift also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 04-15-2008 07:10 PM

great job.. good luck with it

-- making sawdust....

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ratchet

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#6 posted 04-15-2008 07:42 PM

you are so cruel to even mention taxes today! Nice table though…good work.

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Bill Akins

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#7 posted 04-15-2008 07:45 PM

Hey, nice table. I’ve been wanting to take my short legs off my router table and do the same thing. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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SteveL

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#8 posted 04-15-2008 10:51 PM

Thanks for all the atta-boyz guys. BTW Gary—actually I decided against the lift, using the built-in lift mechanism that was in the Triton 2-1/4 HP router that I already had, having been convinced by my friends in our local woodworking club to give that a try before I spend my cash on a fancy lift and a new router.

-- SteveL

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#9 posted 04-15-2008 11:32 PM

Hi Steve,

This is a nice router table. I am considering revamping my tables. This post has certainly been an inspiration and given me some ideas.

Thanks for sharing this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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DaveH

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#10 posted 04-16-2008 01:14 AM

Good looking table. Should do the job.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#11 posted 04-16-2008 03:31 AM

That is a very precise looking table! You will really enjoy using it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 04-16-2008 07:15 PM

Nice work Steve! Router tables are SO nice… Hey – I’m in the process of designing a new table saw workstation and need advice on a good router insert. My current one is a VERY old Woodhaven acrylic and served me well but I want to upgrade. I’m thinking aluminum too and a plate without a lift-kit; the router I’m using is a PC 690 and easy enough to pop out of the base. I’m not a production shop so I don’t mind that. Woodpeckers makes good stuff? I’ve seen them mentioned in another thread I was reading but haven’t researched yet. Thanks!

-- God bless and all the best! Freddo (Northern - NJ)

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SteveL

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#13 posted 04-16-2008 07:41 PM

Thanks Freddo,
I had an issue with Woodpecker’s MDF parts for the LE subfence, (holes were not drilled at the right location, but easily fixed with my drill press), but the metal parts are all top notch. Their quicklift plate fits the PC690. OTOH, I did consider the Benchdog wing for my table saw, but ultimately decided that since I have the space, I’d keep the two functions separate. Post me at [email protected] if you want to discuss further.

-- SteveL

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