I built mine using old desk drawers and a table top salvaged from a
Subway store renovation - already laminated top and bottom with
plastic eding installed!
I had some 1.25" dowel laying about ad drilled four 0.5" holes 0.75"
deep into the base with a forstner bit, cut four pieces of dowel to
fit and saned flush with the top of the base, then put some materila
under each, glue on to and set the tpo on them until the glue dried.
When it had, I gingerly remove the top, turned it over, drilled
through the dowes into the top a added s screw to each locating pin
For a control, I used two duplex outlets and one three-way switch. One
outlet is inside the chamber to allow connecting the portable router.
he switch is facing front and the other duplex outlet is on the right
side near the front.
This second outlet is split so that one "side" (top in this case) is
always "hot" and the other (bottom) is in series with the outlet
powering the router when the three-way switch is in the "off" or
"down" position and out of the circuit when in the "up" or "on"
I took a cheap foot switch meant to plug into an outlet and have the
controlled tool plug into a receptacle on the switch so that pressing
on the foot switch sends power to the tool.
It still works that way, but I created a shorting plug to fit in its
"tool outlet" so that, when I plug it into the bottom outlet on the
router table, it serves to allow control of the the router with me
Using a similarly configured speed control and my "shorting plug," I
can control the speed of the router with my foot as well.
For bit storage, I took a couple of spare (mis-matched) full extension
slides and fixed them to a vertical panel to which I added sevel rows
of two-by sliced so as to present an anfled face into which I drilled
holes to hold 0.5 an 0.25" bits. it holds nearly a hundred bits!
None of it as pretty as Norm's - I used re-cycled plywood from some
old shelving, sandwich shop top, salvaged desk drawers, Corian sink
cut-off for a mounting plate and some scrap aluminum for a fence.
You guys would positively cringe!