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Forum topic by buckbuster31 posted 04-11-2017 06:49 PM 1107 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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buckbuster31

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04-11-2017 06:49 PM

Does anyone have any good plans for a router table. It is time to make a permanent fixture in my shop and I want a nice one with out breaking the bank.


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Redoak49

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#1 posted 04-11-2017 07:37 PM

The projects section and blogs are full of examples….just do a search

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#2 posted 04-11-2017 08:20 PM

Here’s plans and tutorial for a Norm Abrams style table. Plans are free from Dan Phalen.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 04-11-2017 08:35 PM

Is the table saw extension not an option for you? Saves space and easily accessible.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 04-11-2017 09:23 PM

Make sure you use quality miter slides for it. My friend made his top out of melamine and it works super well and is perfectly flat.

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#5 posted 04-12-2017 02:41 AM



Here s plans and tutorial for a Norm Abrams style table. Plans are free from Dan Phalen.

- HokieKen

That’s a really nice table

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 04-12-2017 01:41 PM

table saw extension would be best option, but not sure how to go about it.

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#7 posted 04-12-2017 01:56 PM

I thought about using one in my TS but realized that sometimes I’ll need both during a process, which would then require resetting of the fence and moving things about. If you have the space, a dedicated table is much nicer.

Here’s a link to the blog I did on making a dedicated table. I don’t have plans. Just built it as I went :) It’s pretty basic cabinetry.

I’ve really been enjoy using it. The large surface area is nice and the dust collection is appreciated. I like the Jessem fence. It took a little tweaking to get the two sliding fence faces plumb to the top and flush with the top of the fence where the T track is for their accessories. The T track was proud of the fence face, effecting the cut on taller pieces. But overall, it’s a quality fence.

Router Table

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 04-12-2017 02:48 PM


Here s plans and tutorial for a Norm Abrams style table. Plans are free from Dan Phalen.

- HokieKen

That s a really nice table

- Rick M

I built this one and it’s very nice. I bought the table top and fence package from Rockler and put it on that cabinet. Also put mine on wheels, but if you do that I’d suggest altering the plans a bit and eliminate the toe kick cutout. It will be much more stable.

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#9 posted 04-12-2017 03:54 PM


table saw extension would be best option, but not sure how to go about it.

The simplest way to do it is to buy a Triton TRA001 router, drill a few holes in your table saw extension and call it done (for now):

No router lift required with the Triton.

The set-up needs dust collection and a better fence, and I am working on that. In fact, I’m going to replace the table with a much stronger one; but in the meantime I have been using the table saw fence with sacrificial facings and getting work done on the table.

-- Nunc est bibendum.

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#10 posted 04-12-2017 11:32 PM

I have cast iron Benchdog table saw extension router table!

I like it because I have the utility of the table saw surface and many of the attachments!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#11 posted 04-14-2017 03:57 AM

Concure totally. and it don’t ever sag!!

Eric

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#12 posted 04-14-2017 10:28 PM

I built one from these plans:

http://www.woodsmithshop.com/media/pdf/303/routertable.pdf

I am pretty happy with it, but if I had it do over would probably just buy a steel stand.
Not as bulky, easier to clean. Mine doubles as an out feed table for my TS.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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