Some points to consider:
1. Separate the table top design from the cabinet design.
2. Do the table top design before starting to do the cabinet design.
3. Determine the size of your table top. There are a whole host of possibilities for table top size, ranging from say 12x18 inch up to 24x48 inches, or more. What you intend to use the router table for (smaller work-pieces vs larger work-pieces) guides you to the size of the top.
4. Typically, the table top is an MDF core (usually 1 to 1-1/2 inch thick) with hardwood edging.
5. The MDF needs to be sealed against moisture. This can be done via a number of techniques. For example: laminating, oiling (e.g. Tung or Danish Oil), or waxing.
6. Consideration needs to be given to mounting the router to the top. Most people go with an insert plate.
7. Optionally, one can add a router lift.
8. Once one is comfortable with the table top design, then one can turn one’s attention to designing the “underpinnings.” First question to be answered is: “Do I build a cabinet or a stand?”
9. Some things to consider for the underpinnings include: (1) what is a comfortable work surface height above the floor, (2) how much should the table top overhang the underpinnings, and (3) is the router table to be fixed in place within the workshop or should it be easily moved about (i.e. casters?)
10. If building a cabinet, thought should be given to things like bit storage, tool storage, easily-accessible power switch and dust collection.
Quite a few things to consider, right?
Last edited by Cassandra; 10-05-2009 at 06:51 PM.