Tall mans router table

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Project by Mike Merzke posted 02-05-2014 03:13 AM 7082 views 23 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first router table was a benchtop model. Then I moved up to a table saw extension wing router table. At 6’5” I just could seem to get it at the right height to allow me to get some work done without killing my back. I decided to take matters into my own hands. I modified a couple different ideas I found here on Lumberjocks and elsewhere online and here is what I came up with. Rockler was also offering 20% off one item which allowed me to purchase their router table/fence/lift combo at a decent price. The table top sits right at 43 inches which is a comfortable height for me to work at. This also allowed me to have plenty of additional storage. Dust is collected both at the fence and the back of the cabinet.

-- Mike Merzke,

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 03:43 AM

This looks really good Mike. A little modification like that takes it from an endurance test to a pleasure. I never thought about being vertically challenged in that direction could be a handicap. you solved it, well done.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 04:50 AM

I think this is my next project. I’m 6’6”, so I’m in the same boat as you. Great work, and thanks for the idea of makingit a lot taller than average. Have you thought of raising your table saw? I’m looking at that as well.

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 06:18 AM

Awesome! I just put together my shop with some tables that none of my short friends can use since I am 6’8”

-- Sven Gasser

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 09:14 AM

Nice work there Mike. I’m 6’4” and mine is built at exactly the same height as yours. Works just fine for me as well. Only major difference I can see is my top is a Bench Dog flavor.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 02-05-2014 11:17 AM

Thanks everyone. I didn’t realize there were so many of us tall woodworkers. I really don’t have an issue at the table saw. I guess I stand more upright as I push stock through. I was just having issues using the router. Also having a dedicated router table means I can leave a setup on one machine as I transition to the other.

-- Mike Merzke,

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#7 posted 02-05-2014 12:16 PM

Im 6’1” with severe back problems, and 42” is my sweet spot. Among other things, I have my router table and mini table saw at this height. If I could get my R4510 up to 42”, and still be able to move it around, Id be all over that.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#8 posted 02-05-2014 12:21 PM

Well done, should serve you well. Enjoy!

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

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 02:35 PM

Where did you get that paddle switch and what make/brand is it? I can’t seem to find a paddle switch that is not designed to mount on a leg. Nice work on the router table, it is my next project, held up only by trying to decide between a bought top or making my own :)

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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#10 posted 02-05-2014 04:44 PM

The table looks great! Trouble is, every time us tall guys stand up straighter we hit our heads on things other people miss.

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#11 posted 02-05-2014 06:31 PM

I bought the paddle switch from Grizzly Tools. The have several different options to include 110v and 220v.

-- Mike Merzke,

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#12 posted 02-05-2014 07:06 PM

Man if I was around when that thing threw anything it would get me right in the teeth just about. I’ve almost never had problems with things being too short for me, except for maybe in the children’s section of the library… Glad to see that things aren’t perfect on the other side of the height bell curve either. :) The router table looks great.

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#13 posted 02-05-2014 10:04 PM

Dust collection from the cabinet is a bad idea.
The motor sends air from its top to the collet area. What you want to do is suck the air from the collet area, not the motor’s head. I re-did mine to protect the router. Works great. I also eliminated my door to help the router breathe.

-- Jeff NJ

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#14 posted 02-06-2014 03:16 AM

Very Well done

-- Be yourself everyone else is already taken.

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#15 posted 02-06-2014 09:05 PM

I wish I would have made mine a little taller. Great job. Popular design.

-- Vieth Custom Furniture,

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