Horizontal Router Table

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Project by CanadianWoodChuck posted 08-06-2012 03:40 PM 13745 views 17 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Lately I’ve started to make my own molding and baseboards. With the high cost of finished moldings and the poor selection of materials available, I’m finding it much more convenient to produce my own. Yes you can mill these on a regular router table however the horizontal version is so much safer and easier to use. For $20 -30 dollars for material and hardware you can build your own in a weekend. Keep in mind the workpiece feeds in the opposite direction to a normal router table.
The picture shown was my proto-type made from spruce and mdf. It has worked so well I’ve nevr got around to making the original version.

Thanks for viewing

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 03:54 PM

Nice looking horizontal router table. Looks like a great value on the plans too. I’m impressed.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 04:05 PM

you did a fine job on that and it looks like it would work really well. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 08-06-2012 04:44 PM

Looks like a useful table !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 08-06-2012 04:52 PM

Very nice. do you have any pictures that shows how your lift mechanism works?

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

View CanadianWoodChuck's profile


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#5 posted 08-06-2012 08:47 PM

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments

@eruby sorry I don’t really have any pictures that show the lift in action. The determining factor is the type of thread you use. The 3/8” threaded rod I got at Home Depot. One complete turn lifts the router and router plate approximately 1/16”. The router plate is secured directly to the riser block which is attached to the threaded rod. I hope I have explained that clearly enough.


-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 12:42 AM

Looks like a really well made table. I like the edge treatment! Could you explain why this is safer than conventional routing with a vertical spindle? To me, this is backwards compared to the usual way we push wood through tools like jointers and tablesaws, and would be awkward for me. I can see an advantage in having the width of your stock against the table instead of the fence, though, but that’s not significant enough to make me want to switch, if that’s the only reason.

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 01:05 AM

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#8 posted 08-07-2012 01:13 AM

@MattinCincy you are absolutley right it is wierd to feed the stock in that direction, but you have no choice because of bit rotation. Personally I find it much easier to keep constant pressue on the workpiece when it lying on the flat. I guess it is still a matter of persoanl choice. Happy woodworking!

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#9 posted 08-07-2012 09:40 AM

Well done, a cool web site you have made. I’ll have to look it over more closely a little later. Nice project!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 08-07-2012 11:33 AM

Thanks everyone
@Ken I’m glad you liked the website. I’m just learning about website design, it has been quite a challenge but fun!

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#11 posted 08-07-2012 02:17 PM

Looks good. I think the height adjustment on a horizontal router table is much cheaper and easier than a vertical router lift. The vertical router lifts are much too expensive in my opinion. This is a very cost effective solution.

-- Julian

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#12 posted 08-07-2012 03:03 PM

Thanks Julian. I do have a plan for a shop made router lift that works quite well and can be built at very little cost if your interested.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#13 posted 08-08-2012 12:09 AM

Great idea, appears you have done a very good job on the initial one to have not built another. I have seen these in operation and they are a great tool for working on the face of material

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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