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I am in the process of building my first router table. I've watched a number of Youtube videos on the subject. I'm leaning toward something in the neighborhood of 24x18 with a Kreg insert plate.

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Welcome to the forum, Mike.

I am glad you said "first router table" as you may find that size a bit small once you see the full potential of the router table. However some of the bench top models available are around that size.

I use an Oak Park table which is OK for me.

Check out this thread for suggestions:
http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ter-table.html

PS I just re-read your post and realized you were talking about a bench top router. That size would be OK for a bench top model.

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My first, current and only router table is 10"x20", about as small as you can get yet Ive never really needed any bigger. Its all wood, osb with an mdf surface, made entirely of scrap wood so it cost nothing. The only thing I do wish it had was the insert plate.
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Mike,
I know when I design something as a bench top router, a lot of thought goes into what I will be using it for? Do I want to store my bits and accessories with the it? Some recommendations I would have is to take your time in designing it. If you do not have google sketchup, I would suggest downloading it, it's free, and is a powerful tool in 3d modeling and dimensioning. It doesn't take more than a couple of hours to learn how to use it. With Sketchup, you can see your design as you model it.

There are thing you can do other than buying an expensive plate or fence. My plate is a simply a .25" piece of plexiglass that has held up for over 10 years using a 1-3/4 hp router. My fence and top are laminated shelving unit that was really cheap at menards because it was chipped at one end.

Many people are happy with a simple box design and that is great, absolutely nothing wrong with it. But for me, I know if I don't put enough thought into it, I will end up making a newer version sooner than later because I forgot a necessity I need the router table to do.

I hope any of this helps you with your design.

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Thanks Dan, I'm going to find Google sketch and give it try.
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I am in the process of building my first router table. I've watched a number of Youtube videos on the subject. I'm leaning toward something in the neighborhood of 24x18 with a Kreg insert plate.

Any suggestions?

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Here are some free plans for bench top and stand alone.
ToolCrib.com's Ultimate Guide: 28 Free Router Table Plans |
The top size can be adjusted for your own personal needs.
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I too am currently building my first router table and watched quite a few you tube videos as well. In the end I downloaded a plan from Taunton's Fine WoodWorking Plan Number SU31. It's 24" by 40", it's on casters and is super solid. The plan comes with the cut list and also a step by step video.
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Mine is version four or five, all homemade, with a total cost of probably around $2.50. It's mounted on the second of a bench, so I can sit using it (bad back). Top is 1/2" plywood, supported by a spider web of 2X4 pieces. It's all scrap, except for the $2.50 or so invested in bolts to hold it in place, and glue holding it all together. This is the first version with an insert plate. Don't know the top size, but probably around 18" or so wide, by about the same. The insert plate is 1/2" plywood too. If I need a fence, there's clamps and 2X4.

Originally, I had planned on buying one. Then realized they couldn't do anything different than one I could make. So, I made one, immediately made a better one, then later made a larger one, and so on. I believe I can find a photo of it.
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Thanks for the ToolCrib tip. This is exactly what I was looking for. Looks like some great ideas and plans..

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