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After looking at what you've all said here and having a look round the net, this is what I think I'm planning. I did think about just sitting the table straight onto my workmate, but as I'm 6'2" I can feel my back cramping up just thinking about that and I already have the 45 x 70 timber from another project that got changed part way through so I might as well use it. The insert plate is another I found on Amazon. It appears to be made from solid sheet aluminium rather than cast so I'm hoping for less chance of it not being flat. It only comes with a couple of insert plates, but I figure if I need more I can make them from acrylic, mdf or something similar?

I've added a shelf partly to brace the frame but also so I can add some kind of lift at a later date and I'm not really sure of the final dimensions for it all yet until I know what I'm making the top from. My other half did point put that we spend probably way too much time in a garden centre coffee shop that also has a kitchen fitting business attached to it so I'm relatively hopeful of scoring an off-cut of work top either from there or from one of the local Facebook groups.

I've left an overhang to allow me to clamp a fence or other guides in place as well as some sort of dust extraction. For the fence I'll probably go and raid the scraps bin at my local B&Q store for some plywood and make up a braced L shape sort of thing with a cutout for the bit and something to clamp a vac tube to.

Later on if I feel I need it I can always fit some track as well maybe for the fence or other guides, feather boards etc.

If anyone spots anything I've missed out, please do jump in and let me know
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I did think about just sitting the table straight onto my workmate, but as I'm 6'2" I can feel my back cramping up just thinking about that
My back now allows me just seconds to stand up and work, before it really starts to hurt, and I have to sit for relief. My table is at the right height to sit and use it, rather than stand. My back loves that.

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Hey Jon

I've been where you are, at least, with wanting to have a table. I made mine with help from the fine folks here. It's pretty basic, but will do the job.
I figured I'd give you the link to the thread, as there was a lot of helpful advice that isn't already on your thread. Hopefully it helps.

https://www.routerforums.com/table-m...table-but.html

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My back now allows me just seconds to stand up and work, before it really starts to hurt, and I have to sit for relief. My table is at the right height to sit and use it, rather than stand. My back loves that.
I'm okay so long as I'm either stood upright or sat down, it's being constantly bent over that kills me. I prefer to be stood up just in case I ever need to get out of the way of anything that's moving rapidly in directions I wasn't expecting so most of the tools in my 'shop are higher than average. My other half wants to have a go at making a box when I have the router sorted, as she's only 5'1" it could be interesting

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I bought an aluminium plate which fitted my router just fine, and mounted that into my table top, built on a basic stand.
It's about 800mm long, and sits at a good height (higher than a workmate), which is fine for my 5'11"

It really was easy once I got going, and that was with very little confidence in my abilities. Since you've got a bit of experience under your belt, I think you'll find it easier than you think it will be.
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I bought an aluminium plate which fitted my router just fine, and mounted that into my table top, built on a basic stand.
It's about 800mm long, and sits at a good height (higher than a workmate), which is fine for my 5'11"

It really was easy once I got going, and that was with very little confidence in my abilities. Since you've got a bit of experience under your belt, I think you'll find it easier than you think it will be.
I was a bit wary of the insert plates I found previously as the ones for a full sized router plate were all cast and there were a few comments about them not being flat. Eventually though I found one that, at least looking at the pics, appears to be made from sheet rather than cast so fingers crossed it should at least be flat.

I've also just been given a 36" x 28" off-cut of kitchen worktop so I'll trim that down to size and that should be ideal for the top. I also have some MDF off-cuts which I can use for the shelf so the insert plate will be the only thing I need to buy for the table
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Jon I have 2 tables, one that is free standing at around 3 feet to a metre high and a bench top one. I use the free standing one for most larger projects and one off small projects. For larger run small projects I prefer to use my bench top table. It's about 16"/ 40 cm high and when sitting on one of my work surfaces raises the top to around 4.3'/ 130 cm. I'm also 6' 2" and this height is very easy on my back. If you'll be doing a lot of small parts then I either recommend that setup or one where you can sit at the table like Theo does.

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Jon I have 2 tables, one that is free standing at around 3 feet to a metre high and a bench top one. I use the free standing one for most larger projects and one off small projects. For larger run small projects I prefer to use my bench top table. It's about 16"/ 40 cm high and when sitting on one of my work surfaces raises the top to around 4.3'/ 130 cm. I'm also 6' 2" and this height is very easy on my back. If you'll be doing a lot of small parts then I either recommend that setup or one where you can sit at the table like Theo does.
I'm definitely more used to working on higher work surfaces and I'm somewhat constrained on the final height by the height of the router and wanting to leave space under it for a lift in the future. Having said that, my workmate does have folding leg extensions which do give me the option of lowering it by almost a foot if I need to. Also at some point, we're either going to move to a new house where I'll have a bigger work space or I'll be rearranging what I have now (Probably a bigger job than actually just moving ) and I can build a proper base for it to give it a good height.

On the subject of lifts, I know that these are marketed as router lifts, but has anyone ever actually used one successfully??

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stainless-S...&s=diy&sr=1-20

I'm thinking it's probably got a lower profile than a scissor jack.
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Oooh, I looked at those, but I wasn't sure how my router would sit on that, so I steered away from it.
The idea appealed, but.......no.

The plate I bought came with a basic lift assembly but as my router is still under warranty and has pretty good adjustments (it's a plunge router) I haven't fitted it yet. The provided assembly bolts on, and the idea is you wind it up/down through the table top.
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Oooh, I looked at those, but I wasn't sure how my router would sit on that, so I steered away from it.
The idea appealed, but.......no.

The plate I bought came with a basic lift assembly but as my router is still under warranty and has pretty good adjustments (it's a plunge router) I haven't fitted it yet. The provided assembly bolts on, and the idea is you wind it up/down through the table top.
I've seen those. Is that one of the cast plates? If so, how flat was the machining front and back? I've been a bit wary of those as I'd seen a lot of comments on Amazon about them not being flat, particularly on the back where you mount the router. The one I'd decided to go for is this one;

https://www.amazon.co.uk/TOOGOO-Alum...s=diy&sr=1-164

Which would appear to be made from sheet aluminium so, theoretically at least, should have a better chance of being flat

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