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I got a new router (Bosch 1617EVSPK) for Christmas so naturally, I needed to give it a good home.

I decided that a nice new router table would be the way to go. I quickly planned what I wanted and put the necessary parts on order. This included an Incra 25" joinery package, 27" x 43" top, and the Incra version of the Woodpecker PRL-V2 router lift. I ordered before the end of the year to get in on the Incra sale going on at that time. The parts came quickly and I drew up a rough plan in Sketchup.

The base cabinet is 3/4" MDF rabbited and dadoed to build the case. The face frame is made up of maple left over from my workbench project. The face frame was assembled with pocket hole joinery and attached to the cabinet the same way. I built lots of drawers and used a plexiglass door on the router compartment. I built a baffle in the back of the router compartment and drilled holes in the plexiglass door to funnel the airflow along the bottom. I connected the fence dust collection to the compartment dust collection with the connector on the back.

The top is attached to the cabinet with a layer of weatherstripping between the top and cabinet. I did this to both seal the dust collection compartment and to make sure I didn't pulll the top out of flat when attaching it.

The cabinet finish is the same as I have used on my other shop cabinets (Krylon spray paint) and the face frame is finished with General Finishes gel topcoat. I still need to build router bit holders for the drawers, and tool organizers for the various tools I use at the router table but I am extremely pleased with the results so far.

I want to thank Blake and purplev, because many of the ideas I used was inspired by their router table projects.

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Wonderful router table.
 

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Ted,

My edges came out pretty close to the faces. i tried something new for me when painting MDF on this router table. I sanded everything to 220 and then put on about 3 coats of shellac to seal the surfaces. I thought this might let me use fewer coats of spray paint since the MDF wouldn't soak up as much. It worked and as a side beneft helped the edges be more even as well.
 

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Wow….how did I miss this…...great job…....another item to add to my 'to do' list
 

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very nice table, i need to build one myself to home my new porter cable router and new incra fence.
 

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Very nice. Unfortunately i dont have the room for that. I incorporated my router table as a left side extension on my table saw. I has the LS postioner as my table saw fence and actually my Wonderfence rides along the rails instead of the LS positioners arm. I use the top T-slot of the rails to connect the wonderfence.
 

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Gorgeous table. That Incra fence is incredible
 

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Great job! And you gotta love the hardware.

Thanks for sharing.
 
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