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I've been needing a router table. I've been torn between buying and making one. I recently came across a lot of scraps from a friend's move. Then the making juices started swirling.

As a lot of us probably do, I went to Youtube from some ideas. I looked a Jay Bates most Recent router video and though I really like it. I didn't feel it needed to be that fancy. I don't think I need it that much. I wanted simpler. So I kept looking and saw Wordsnwood (Art Mulder) on youtube's video about very basic router table. I don't think it was his original idea either. Its just a board with a router attached. No fine adjustments needed and I can make it ASAP.

The build is pretty self explanatory from the pictures. It's 1/2" ply with 3/4" scrap oak glued and screwed to the underside for added rigidity. There is a fixed base router base screwed to the bottom ready for the router motor. The dust collection is also a 1 5/8" hole drilled into a 2x material. A slight round over added then a hose adapter pounded in which fits my dust cyclone setup. Not in the picture, I added a small cut in the bottom of the fence to improve the collection. Some dust was collecting at the bottom. I'm sure this would have been done sooner or later to fit a round over or ogee bit considering I use those a lot.

It attaches using some clamps to the table and some more clamps for the fence if needed. This helps with the limited space I currently have.

Works really well for being close to zero dollars and about an hour of time. For someone who has put the router table project off about 2 years to long. I am looking forward to working with this jig for a while. Plus I can't beat the price.

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Looks good. WordsnWood is one of my favorite YouTube channels. Art does a lot in his small shop and he seems like a great guy. I hope you enjoy your router table. Looks like it will work well.
 

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Looks good. WordsnWood is one of my favorite YouTube channels. Art does a lot in his small shop and he seems like a great guy. I hope you enjoy your router table. Looks like it will work well.

- Kelster58
Thanks Kelster58!!!

I just found his channel this week. Looks like a lot of catching up to do. He seems to be woodworking at my skill level and have a similar budget friendly financial situation. I am working out of a roughly 10' x 10' shed. Slightly smaller than a single car garage. Anything that saves space is very important and this seems to be the ticket.
 

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Nice job Travis!

I have been kicking around building a router table/shaper. I lack motivation to get into the shop. Seeing yours does reignite the fire some! I look forward to seeing your next project that uses this!
 

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Nice job Travis!

I have been kicking around building a router table/shaper. I lack motivation to get into the shop. Seeing yours does reignite the fire some! I look forward to seeing your next project that uses this!

- Scooter McClain
Thanks man!!! I make some plaques for a buddy and been meaning to make a router table to speed up the process. I'm really excited to see how it goes.
 

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Few moving parts, simple, and very useful. Nicely done Travis!!
 

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Thanks luv2learn!!! Should help out in the chair build. Going to try it on the plaques I make and work out the kinks.
 
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