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This is a router table I finished two weeks ago. I got the idea from the new yankee dude. He had too many drawers for me so I thought I would modify it and combine some things I liked from other tables I've seen and this is what I came up with. The carcus is made of birch plywood with cherry trim. The doors and drawers are also made of cherry. The top is made of two layers of MDF and stained with red oak and six coats of polyurtherthane on both sides. The router plate came from woodpeckers (highly recommended, alittle pricey, but well worth it). The fence is made of MDF and a couple pieces of melamine. The table height is 40 1/2". It is taller than most tables but I like it high so I can see what I 'm doing better.

I use the router alot and I wanted a more funtional table more than anything. I came across 500 Board foot of Cherry at an auction so I use it for trimming out projects. The wood wasn't taken great care of but it is good for some things like trim. This was a something my shop needed an upgrade in and it turned out to be just what I wanted and was rather fun to build.

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This is one GREAT router table!!

The fence looks to have everything you would need to assure safety and serviceability.

I am like you, I like to have my table tops and machines a bit higher than "normal". It's easier to see and my back doesn't hurt as much after a day in the shop.

Lew
 

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Wow! A fine piece of furniture for the shop! And functional too! A router table upgrade has been on my todo list for some time.
 

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Very attractive, and very serviceable. I'm also someone who likes surfaces a bit higher, although that's an apparent contradiction to my reputation for dragging the backs of my hands when I walk…

Well done!
 

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The router tables around here just get better and better. This version is GREAT!
 

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Outstanding work! I can see you put a lot of thought into the details.
 

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Nice table! I like mine tall too. I don't worry about pushing down on the workpiece as much because I use hold down feather boards. So it's more like pushing the workpiece through the table.
 

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Sweet! Great looking shop furniture. I need a router table! I have the plans for the NY, one of these days I'll have to get to it. I have a Freud fence system sitting in a tool box drawer just itching for a table to put it on…:)
 

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Nice looking router table. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Great looking router table!
 

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Of all the router tables based on Norm's design I have to say this is the best one I have seen. Your table is beautiful.
 

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Great router table!

Thanks for the post

Callum
 

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Crap, I don't have a router table that nice!

I think Norm has influenced the router table more than anybody else.

It is a nice looking table and I know that it has to be a pleasure to use. It is always deeply gratifying to make a project and then be able to further your production and abilities because of that project.
 

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IT IS COMMPLEATE AND PROFISHINAL.
 

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Thanks for all the nice comments. This was a very rewarding project and much nicer than I had before.
 

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Beautiful piece of craftsmanship Bigdog. wow.
 

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I had posted a router table in my table saw wing a few days ago. Should've distanced it from this post. Wow. Fine work for the shop. The cherry score at auction obviously has made your shop prettier than most. Alas, it's MDF and plywood for me in the shop. I'll have to keep my eye open for some slightly abused hardwood. Very nice post.
 

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Bigdogs,

You can bark loudly and proudly on this one; a classy workshop speaks alot about the owner/operator.
 

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that top just looks awesome….
 
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