So far I have most of mine built and it's not cost me much
other than some MDF corners from The Store Formerly Known As
Wooddorker's, the continuous hinges, touch latches for the
door and $500ish for the router and insert. OK, that part
doesn't actually count.
I will acknowledge right now that the top will never be as
flat as the top on Roger Cliffe's shaper.
Pictures to follow on a abpw/abpf group near you, some day.
Here's a qwik tip for all you budding routertabletopmakers.
If possible with your design, being able to flip the
router top over is a good thing (tmMS). That way you can
choose your evil: dip or crown.
Jeff Thunder, dutifully answering the troll
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
I have the Benchdog and like it a lot. I also have their lift and
reeeeeeeeeeealy like it. Makes bit changing so easy and adjustments are
OTOH, making a table can be a rewarding project. Lots of designs available
and you can modify them to suite your needs. If building one is a
consideration, maybe a Benchdog fence and/or top is a good idea too.
Homemade is great. I used Norms deluxe router plan (which is a great
deal for 24 bucks-excellent plans) and built every thing but the fence.
Enlarged the top a bit and then outfitted it with the Incra Ultra Jig,
Wonderfence and then finally the woodpecker Pro Router lift. Its a
great table. But definitely not for the budget minded.
Sorry, no plan. FWIW, it's only an MDF box. I didn't even bother to
dado, it's all butt joints, glued and screwed. The top is 2 layers of
3/4" MDF, laminated on both sides with Formica, edged with scrap ash.
The height was chosen based on what felt right for me.
The hole for the DC fitting on the back looks like I shot it with
buckshot! <G> I needed the table to make an actual project, so I
didn't have time to get all that fancy, but it's turned out to be all
If there's specific measurements or detail shots you need, let me
know, I'll put 'em up.
My router table is an old kitchen cabinet (bottom part). The drawer
"hole" is to access the router. The top is part of a solid core (MDF???)
door, with a hole fitted with a 3/8" acrylate router plate. No real
fence. So I am looking mostly for a fence and a better way to mount and
dismount my new Bosch router. The old B&D router is nigh impossible to
get to to exchange bits when mounted. Moreover, the height adjustment
(sort of rack and pinion) gets full of sawdust, so I need better dust
extraction as well.
Any advice welcome!
As mentioned ho made.
A flat sheet of 3/4 birch ply with a hole for the bit and the router base
screwed to the underside is all you need.
FWIW on ABPW my router table, a slightly modified version of the flat sheet.
Radial Arm Saw Forum: http://forums.delphiforums.com/woodbutcher/start
That looks very similar to mine, based -- more or less -- on one
shown in Hylton's "Woodworking with the Router."
Cost me a sheet of plywood, some laminate and an insert. Couldn't
have been much more than $50 total. Five years later, I'm still real
happy with it and have never given a moment's thought to replacing it
with a commercially-produced unit.
So count me as another advocate of home-made.
(I've never had a "ho-made" model. I think I'd have some difficulty
explaining it to SWMBO when the contractor showed up ...)
On Fri, 9 Apr 2004 08:24:07 -0400, "Al Reid"
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On 8 Apr 2004 18:24:12 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (JoeV) wrote:
Just about every WW magazine has run articles on yet another
"Ultimate Router Table" I know, I have copies of most!
Anyway, I'm halfway thru the one in FWW March/April 2004 starting page
58. I liked it's versatility and simplicity, and it's cheap!
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