Simple Router Table

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Project by Denappy posted 09-07-2008 05:34 PM 4296 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed Router Table. I wanted to attempt some basic hand-cut joinery so thought I would attempt to create this very basic and simple router table. I was very impressed with how strong these joints are when completed, even though my skill in creating them was not! Regardless, I had lots of fun, learned a lot and am pleased with the results!

-- -=Den

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#1 posted 09-07-2008 05:39 PM

Looks very nice- and strong!

Even though it will collect dust and shavings, I would add a shelf on the stretchers. You can never have too much storage space!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-07-2008 05:43 PM

Great attempt.
I beleive mortise & tenon is the strongest joint in relation to the size of the woodpiece to be joined. Looking at it, this RT is ready to take beating, years after years.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 09-07-2008 06:02 PM

If the idea of a shelf is not to your liking how about a dowel grill, allows dust and shavings to fall or be be brushed easily through while still providing storage.


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#4 posted 09-07-2008 09:07 PM

Great suggestions! At some point would like to enclose the base to reduce sound and to provide additional storage, love the suggestions!

-- -=Den

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#5 posted 09-08-2008 02:44 AM

I have the same router tabletop always wanted to build a base for it, got tired of screwing it to the bench and finally broke down and bought the legset for it… You are apparently a bit more ambitious.

-- Robby Myer, Walnut Creek, CA

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#6 posted 09-08-2008 10:09 AM

looks very stout, nice job!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#7 posted 09-08-2008 07:55 PM

Simplicity at its best and well designed hand-cut joinery.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#8 posted 09-09-2008 03:11 AM

Wow, this is very nice. I am actually in the process of trying to do the same thing, using some 2×4’s to make a router table with a Rockler top. I have pretty much settled on using pocket screws to mount the top, but was worried that might not do the job. However, looks like you used those, too, so thanks for inadvertently helping me out!!

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#9 posted 04-19-2009 07:59 PM

Great job…..sturdy foundation indeed : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 01-20-2011 09:58 PM

Nice base for router table. I need to get around to making one of these.

-- Addition by subtraction

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