Router Table

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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 04-16-2013 07:39 PM 2334 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Router table built from Norm’s plans. Never realized just how valuable it would be, and what a pleasure it would be to use

A comment about Norm’s plans: the cut sheet was outstanding, it makes for very economical use of the plywood. Every piece came out exactly the right size and everything fit perfectly. I design just about everything I build and having a plan and cut sheet where everything fit perfectly the first try was a real luxury.

Due to my shop space limitations, I needed the table to fit as closely to the wall as possible. Norm’s design has the “Y” for the dust collection hose sticking straight out from the back, making it impossible to have the table less than about 14” from the wall. I changed the design, using an “L” (note that this is called a “street L” in the plumbing department, as it has a more gentle bend than the standard elbow). This allows the table to fit to within about 6” of the wall.

The joint where the PVC pipe joins the back of the cabinet is not glued, nor is the joint where the “Y” fitting joins the line at the wood bracket. This allows me to rotate the entire assembly to exhaust either right or left. The wood clamp holds everything in place.

Someone asked about the cost, and I just don’t recall. I can say that it was far less than a purchased table, and has a lot of features they lack. The most expensive single items, as I recall, were the drawer slides and the Formica for the top (and the guy at the cabinet shop ripped me on that one).

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#1 posted 04-16-2013 11:09 PM

I built one of these based on Norm’s plans too. I have really enjoyed having and using it. I’m sure you will too.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 04-17-2013 12:24 AM

That looks good. It’s on my list of projects also.

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#3 posted 04-17-2013 12:39 AM

Very cool. About how much do you think it cost?

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 12:52 AM

Very nice. I built my first router table from Norm’s plans a couple of months ago, don’t know what I did without it.

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#5 posted 04-17-2013 01:31 AM

Good lookin setup you got there!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#6 posted 04-17-2013 03:05 AM

Nice job the dust bucket is a must I finally designed a router cabinet with one it is great.

-- Be yourself everyone else is already taken.

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#7 posted 04-17-2013 04:41 AM

I built Nahm’s plan a couple of years ago and I do love it. Except for the dust extraction that is. It does mostly an OK job of keeping chips out of the dust bucket, but I really wish it was better. I’m considering changing the 2 inch port for the dust bucket to a 4 inch connection.

Has anyone done this or have thoughts on it?

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#8 posted 04-17-2013 11:54 AM

I love the look

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 04:43 PM

Good looking and well built router table! Like the design, set up and the paint job. Sure will get lots of use. Great job!

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