Welcome aboard. I just am not a fan of buying router tables. I started many years ago with a borrowed Craftsman bench model, with router. It worked. But not what I wanted for myself. So made one. After a bit, knocked that one apart (it was held together with Titebond II, so the only way to get any parts to salvage was to hit it repeatedly with a large hammer). Made another, repeat hammer. Am now on table # 4 or 5, and am happy. Got my router mounted to a homemade plate, that fits nicely in the top - actually 3 or 4 routers all on different plates (I made a pattern/master so I can rout out identical router plates). I've got maybe $5 or so in it, definitely under $10; it's mounted on the second shelf down, so I can sit using it. I think I found a picture of the top, if so I'll add that. The top is three pieces of 1/2" plywood, not counting the 1/2" plywood router plate. All held up with a spiderweb of 2X4 pieces under, and several bolts holding it to the shelf. All fastened with Titebond II, no metal. Does exactly what I want.
By the way, don't ask for a whole lot of details on how I made that three piece top. Because I don't know. I've got maybe a general idea, maybe, but I get into Zen mode at times making stuff like that, and when I finish I don't really know how I did it. Best guess today is that I made a router plate I liked, then cut the three top parts out separately. The fit is quite close, so I think I traced around the router plate, and did some careful cutting. Maybe. For all I know I may have made the router plate last. I've been trying to figure it out, because I may want to make another table one day, and it would be nice to know how I did it.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.
Last edited by JOAT; 12-20-2012 at 03:33 PM.