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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 05-19-2020 01:17 PM 905 views 1 time favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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05-19-2020 01:17 PM

Some people make shop furniture to the same standard they make fine furniture. I am amazed by some of the workbenches and such on here. I try to reserve as much shop time for making things that I love, so I do my shop furniture down and dirty. I made a router table 12 years ago or so, and it has been a disappointment ever since. I just didn’t want to take a month to build one.

I happened across a plan that made me roll my eyes a bit (BORG dimensioned lumber and pocket screws!), but it was just right for me. After making a new top out of 3 layers of 1/2’ plywood I had laying around, I made the cabinet with Patrick’s plan on Ana White’s site (https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/patricks-router-table-plans) I made the basic box in 2 hours. took another day to make the face frame, drawers, hinged covers, etc. I did not put in the built-in bit holder as it seemed like not that much function for a lot of work. I added the Peachtree Supreme Fence and reused my Rousseau plate.

I bought one sheet of 3/4” plywood, 2 1×2, 1 1×3, and 1 1×8, 1 2×4 piece of 1/4” plywood, drawer slides and pulls. I already had the wheels.

I’m pretty happy and I finished it in a week mostly in the evenings.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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#1 posted 05-19-2020 01:31 PM

Nice work Charles. That looks nice and obviously functional too! I went quick and dirty on my router table when I built it and used an old cabinet for the base. It ain’t pretty but it’s been going strong for several years now. Yours is much nicer!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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CharlesA

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#2 posted 05-19-2020 01:37 PM

You can see my old one in the background of this picture!

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 05-19-2020 01:47 PM

that looks great! any idea what your all-in cost was?

-- New woodworker, excited to learn!

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#4 posted 05-19-2020 02:17 PM

Turned out nice. There’s is so much to do on a router table , never ending….enjoy…

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CharlesA

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#5 posted 05-19-2020 02:33 PM

I reused the insert. $0 ($40)
New fence: $115
Had t Track lying around: $0 ($20)
new miter/t track: $30
Plywood for top: $0 ($40)
Laminate for top: $50 (have enough for another left over)
new lumber for cabinet: $50
Drawer slides: $10
Drawer pulls: $7.50
Hinges: $5
Re-used switch: $0 ($40)
Wheels I had on hand: $0 ($17)


that looks great? any idea what your all-in cost was?

- BlackEdition


-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 05-19-2020 02:46 PM

Not too bad. I am building out my first “shop,” and am always interested to know approximate costs. I think a router and router table will be one of the earlier additions.

-- New woodworker, excited to learn!

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#7 posted 05-19-2020 02:48 PM

Did you cut a dust port below for the router as well?

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CharlesA

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#8 posted 05-19-2020 02:52 PM

Yes. The plan had the top middle open, but I cut a hole for the larger dust port and added the hinged cover.


Did you cut a dust port below for the router as well?

- JackDuren


-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 05-19-2020 03:00 PM

Good deal…A lot of people box those in with out air flow. Makes those routers pretty hot…

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#10 posted 05-19-2020 05:22 PM

Nice job! When I saw the photo it triggered me into thinking of repurposing a dresser or kitchen cabinet. Add a thick stable top, and Bob’s your uncle. Mine doesn’t have to be nice like yours, it just has to work. Nice cabinets have to wait for when I get a real shop.

-- Reasoning will never make a Man correct an ill Opinion, which by Reasoning he never acquired. --Jonathan Swift (1721)

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#11 posted 05-19-2020 05:24 PM

My planer has been on a repurposed cabinet for years—still there.. No shame in that.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 05-19-2020 06:46 PM

Funniest moment I’ve seen regarding building router tables was on an episode of the New Yankee Workshop. Norm did an episode of how to build your own router table. First thing he did was go over to his router table and started making parts. Ehh, how’s that supposed to work?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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CharlesA

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#13 posted 05-19-2020 06:58 PM

thats hilarious.


Funniest moment I ve seen regarding building router tables was on an episode of the New Yankee Workshop. Norm did an episode of how to build your own router table. First thing he did was go over to his router table and started making parts. Ehh, how s that supposed to work?

- pintodeluxe


-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#14 posted 05-20-2020 06:03 AM



My planer has been on a repurposed cabinet for years—still there.. No shame in that.

- CharlesA

My router table is a Rockler router table that I cut to fit as a table saw wing to fit my TS and have been “meaning to “ frame it out and attach it for probably 6-8 months or so? Lol, something else is always coming up! Lol. Yours looks great and very functional! I’m just short on space so always trying to condense.

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#15 posted 05-20-2020 07:05 AM

Nice job Charles. Use it in good health, hopefully for many years.


Good deal…A lot of people box those in with out air flow. Makes those routers pretty hot…

- JackDuren

Not to mention almost ZERO air flow for dust collection. So you end up with an already hot box, getting filled with sawdust.

-- Think safe, be safe

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