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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Full disclosure: I'm still waiting to purchase a router, but since I did get a set of bits, I've been goofing around in Sketchup, designing a router table that, I think, should suit my immediate needs. And just in case anyone else might be interested, I thought I'd share it here.

Some of the components are approximations: I used real measurements when I could find any, but for other things, I just guessed. (I created all the elements in this file: feel free to reuse if any of them will suit your goals!) Because I couldn't find dimensions for featherboards, the power switch I'm considering, and a few other items, I just didn't bother modeling them.

The table surface is currently just modeled as a 3/4" chunk of MDF or melamine or whatever, because I got tired of accounting for laminate thickness

The underside is spaced to accommodate a pair of 2x4s for "mounting" across a pair of saw horses, if necessary (or desired).

When I a) get my router, and b) get a dispensation from my wife to start accumulating parts, I hope to turn this virtual model into a physical specimen.

Not entirely sure if this post is relevant (I'm still new here!), but it's a Sketchup model, and it's a router table, so it seemed to fit!
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Looks good! A couple things to consider, that you may have already thought of, but isn't in the drawing. You may want to make the front panel into a door so you can get to the router easily. You may also want to put a few holes in the front as well so that dust collection will work more efficiently.

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Thanks for the comments! Yeah, not included in the drawing are the hinges that would allow the entire table top to be lifted up. Also not included is the means to keep the table top from collapsing on you when you do lift it up, but details!

I was trying to work in a door, too, but wasn't quite sure how I wanted it hinged. I'll probably come back to it and add something before I consider things "finished."

On the back, which is probably hard to see from the included image, is a second dust port. Both would be connected via a Y adapter and fed into a shop vac for dust collection. Might be clearer in this other image (attached).

Another thing that's probably not immediately obvious -- and potentially of dubious value, but hey, I'm just goofing around! -- is that the fence "wings" can be opened up: each wing has about 1.5" of travel (maybe more). In the second attached image here.
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From looks like it may not be high enough for a router?
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That's entirely probable, and something I can adjust as necessary: with the exception of the cutouts for electrical boxes, I'd just need to add some height to the panels making up the base, and I think I'd be all right.

Actually, here's an edited version with another 4" under the table for the router:
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That's looking good for a portable.
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