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Dust Free Router Table with a Free Lift

Been asked again about my Router Table which also an extension of my Table Saw, so I decided to make a post for it.

The table is basically made out of melamine sheet with an exception of the top that is two ¾ sheets of MDF glued together and laminated with Formica as it is much stronger and almost scratch proof than melamine.

The Router Fence is made like the top but out of a single ¾ MDF sheet. It's fully adjustable and it mounts with two clamps on my Table Saw Fence.

When I was building this table Dust Extraction was something that puzzled me a lot, as I wanted it to be as dust free as possible. The idea was to extract the dust directly from the source and that's from under and over the router bit.
Over the bit it was easy and a standard procedure as you can see from the image.
Under the bit my approach was to fit on the router its dust collection accessory and hook that to my outlet from inside/under the table.
I never expected it to be so efficient… I can say it is almost completely dust free, and what escapes is some minor dust underneath it and very little on the top. I would recommend this solution to anyone building a new router table.
Though I will point out that the routers dust extraction accessory limits your bit height so an extension collar is a cheap solution to that.

Then I had the issue with the router lift. My router as you can see is the powerful DeWalt DW625EK plunge Router - 240V and it's quite heavy to lift by hand. The micro adjustment worked fine (such a slow procedure) but you still needed to lift it up to approximate height before adjusting it.
My solution was either to get a plunge router lift which is not available here, had to import it and it cost so much (shipping it's a killer) that I didn't want to spend all that money or find a way around the problem. So I ended up with a cost free solution from my router lift as you can see in the photos. A quick lift with a lever idea and a Fine adjustment with simple bolt and knob… it works like a charm.

So here you have it a dust free router table with a zero cost router lift.
Not fancy but efficient.

Thank you
Stelios (AKA Steliart)

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Very clever set up. Great idea using the Formica rather the melamine. I trashed two melamine tops in a year since that was material I had. The Formica one has been on for 2 years now and still looks new.
 

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Very clever set up. Great idea using the Formica rather the melamine. I trashed two melamine tops in a year since that was material I had. The Formica one has been on for 2 years now and still looks new.

- doubleDD
doubleDD thanks buddy !!!

I had tried formica on my first multi-tool bench and it lasted for ever so I did use it again and I can say I am also happy with it… you can scrape it, wash it… whatever you want !!! :) :) :)
 

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That looks like it works well for you .
 

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That looks like it works well for you .

- kiefer
Hey Kiefer Thanks… for now it works fine and I can do what's needed to be done… in the future there is always place for improvement :)
 

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Great set up! I to use Formica for my router table top. It's the best material and it will last a long time!
 

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Just to clarify that by using the bolt and push knob the router's fine adjustment was no longer needed so I removed it !!!
 

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Great set up! I to use Formica for my router table top. It s the best material and it will last a long time!

- woodshaver (Tony)
woodshaver (Tony) thank you my friend I 100% agree with you :)
 

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You did a really nice job on this. It looks like a great router table.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Hey Charles
Thank you my friend, I'm quite pleased with the table, one thing I haven;t done yet is to decide what to put on it a t-track or a simple track … will see :)
 

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great looking router table,you cant beat using the saw fence,two for the price of one.your very clever in your designs,nice job buddy.
 

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great looking router table,you cant beat using the saw fence,two for the price of one.your very clever in your designs,nice job buddy.

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pottz thank you buddy :) !!!
 

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Efficient on many levels
 

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have a look at the RouterRaizer, it replaces the fine height adjustment with a lead screw and gives a great fine adjuster usable in the hand and from under the table. Mine cost ~£67 6 years ago and has been flawless. I use a DW625 too.
 

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have a look at the RouterRaizer, it replaces the fine height adjustment with a lead screw and gives a great fine adjuster usable in the hand and from under the table. Mine cost ~£67 6 years ago and has been flawless. I use a DW625 too.

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Mickleblade thanks for the tip !!!
 

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Good idea to use the routers integral dust collection port. The plastic accessory that came with my Freud router wouldn't work in a router table. I got a Milescraft DC kit for my router table, which is another over/under collection approach.

The Milescraft uses a flexible rubber boot under the table, so it doesn't interfere with normal operation. It's like it's not even there.

Looks like yours is good to go, but the Milescraft is a good solution that may help others.
Here's my review of the Milescraft Dust Router for those interested…
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/9681

Thanks for posting.
 

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Very nicely done Steli. You have a beast of a router in there also. That should eat anything up.
 

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Good idea to use the routers integral dust collection port. The plastic accessory that came with my Freud router wouldn t work in a router table. I got a Milescraft DC kit for my router table, which is another over/under collection approach.

The Milescraft uses a flexible rubber boot under the table, so it doesn t interfere with normal operation. It s like it s not even there.

Looks like yours is good to go, but the Milescraft is a good solution that may help others.
Here s my review of the Milescraft Dust Router for those interested…
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/9681

Thanks for posting.

- pintodeluxe
pintodeluxe thank you so much for visiting and for your info :) !!!
 

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Very nicely done Steli. You have a beast of a router in there also. That should eat anything up.

- Roger
Thanx Roger… yes i like the power of that router and I dedicated it only for my table. !
 

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Although I made myself router table also, I always like to see someone else's ideas and solutions. Very nice and proffessional built, with very interesting and very well made accessories and features.
 
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