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    Shop-Made Router Table

    Just wanted to share some pics of my new router table - I know that I get lots of inspiration from what others have posted here, so this is my way of contributing back.


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    The top is just two pieces of MDF laminated together, and edged with some scrap I had laying around. Of course I made it the correct height to serve as in/outfeed support for my table saw. The router plate is from Pinnacle; I really love the indexed inserts of different sizes, but it will eventually be replaced with a real router lift that is better at controlling depth changes/bit changes from above. Im using the cheapo Rockler router table fence right now - building a better one will probably be my next project, since I have to continually shim the Rockler to keep it flat/perpendicular to the table. Casters are 4" double locking from Stanley E Smith (SES), Ive used their wheels on everything in my shop and think they're a great deal (very comparable to Great Lakes Casters in price/quality).


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    I cut slots for airflow in the door that covers the router bay. Theres a 90 elbow in the bottom which exits out the back into a 4" quick connect. Seems to do a decent job of keeping the dust down so far.


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    This will give me lots of storage, Im probably going to add an adjustable shelf on the far left, or maybe some pull-out bins. The router bit storage "drawer" pulls out on two full extension drawer slides.


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    The paddle switch controls the router only. The smaller switch above controls the outlet on the side, where I plug in my DC/shop-vac.

    Thanks for looking!
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    Good design and workmanship.

    Awhile back, I found plans for a router table with "pull-out" drawers like you included in yours (see below link). Seems to me like a very good idea -- it is easier to fabricate one or two large drawers for bits and other miscellaneous items than numerous smaller drawers.
    http://www.popularwoodworking.com/pr...r_table_part_1

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    Thanks, Ray.

    Thats actually the exact same plan where I got the idea for the pull out bit drawer! Mine "only" has room for 64 bits (48 -1/2" and 16 - 1/4"); I cant see myself ever needing more room than that.
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    That is a very nice router table. I will have to steal (borrow) some ideas for it to make my new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Frank View Post
    That is a very nice router table. I will have to steal (borrow) some ideas for it to make my new one.
    Great Larry - thats exactly why I put this stuff on here. My SMC subscription has paid for itself many times over just on inspiration and ideas alone!
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