Bench Top Router Table

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Project by DBuonomano posted 02-06-2013 05:28 PM 3939 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bench top router table a couple of years ago when i was just starting to get into wood working. I made it out of necessity for the project I was working on at the time; so it’s made mostly with scrap that I had laying around the shop. The base, sub table and drawers are all left over MDO plywood, and the top is 1/4” MDF which supports the router. The fence is MDF with adjustable MDO facing so i can adjust for wider bits, and I have a hookup for my small shop vac which actually works really well for dust control.

My initial plan was to use this for a little while until I had the space for a dedicated router table, but this little bench top version has served me well for over two years now. The biggest deficiency is the bit storage space. I made it to accommodate up to 26 router bits (1/4” & 1/2” shanks), which at the time was a lot… As you can see I’ve filled it up and now am using another cabinet to store the new bits I’ve acquired.

Starting to plan for that dedicated router table, but this one is too useful to ever get rid of… I’ll just have to have two!

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 08:18 PM

A mighty nice temporary table, that has & will serve well into the future!!!

I can see a second router table being real handy. I hate having to change set ups and then reset them. I never seem to get that second setup quite exact!
I need to build a dedicated router table. However, since my “down & dirty” table is available, a new table is not as high on the priority list as other shop essentials. Someday….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 11:11 PM

this is a great table! way better than either of the two store bought benchtop tables I’ve been given over the last year.

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 11:54 PM

I really like that design! Its almost small enough to build more than one and set them up for different things in a production setting.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 04:40 PM

Looks good and very functional with extra storage. Innovative design and great use of scraps.

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