This cost less than $100 US and one day to make.
None of the dimensions are critical. If you want to save even more
money, all you need is a flat piece of plywood that you can clamp
between two sawhorses.
Yes you do Sam. But... you don't need a big, heavy, free standing table
that's going to consume floor space all of the time and is going to be in
the way more than it's going to be used. You can make a very light, simple
"table" out of a piece of plywood, glued up boards, MDF - whatever, and
mount an insert in it for your router. That's it - just the board. You
don't need a fancy fence set up, just a good straight board that you can
clamp on the "table". When you're not using it, hang it up on the wall out
of the way. When you need it, take it down and put it across a couple of
saw horses, a couple of 55 gallon barrels, or whatever is handy.
Sam, get a copy of "Woodworking with the Router", by Hylton and Matlack.
It is the best accessory for the router I have ever found. It will
show you how to make several tables and when to use one.
Sam Berlyn wrote:
Hey Hank - I did the same thing with a DeWalt 618 and my extensions are
built out of cherry banding with MDF as the surface, so I just routed the
channel for my insert to sit in and cut out the waste. The MDF in my table
will soon give way to melamine though. Not because it's giving me any
problems, I've just decided that I hate MDF.
The table saw wings are heavy sheet metal with a depression in them. I cut some
laminate to fill the depression and punched the hole with a chassis punch. The
3 mounting screws are countersunk into the laminate
Sam.... absolute no-no, but I'm going to respond to your question
before reading what others have said.. (busy morning)
IMHO, you know when you need a router table... you'll be working on a
project eventually that you really don't feel good about free hand or
clamped to a jig, and decide to build a table..
Though I was never as space-inhibited as you, the area I worked in
when I first needed a router table was very small... I ended up
putting a hole in the back of my work bench with router clamps under
it, and an oak 1/4 and a couple of deep throat clamps as the fence..
it worked until I could advance to the next step and was free, using
what I had on hand..YMMV
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