New router table - Router Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
bobbotron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Rob
Posts: 231
 
Default New router table

I made this cheap and chipper 18"x18" router table via the plans on the wood working tips website. I modified it a bit, making the fence slightly differently and creating a small base for it. The top is 3/4" MDF, with about 4 or 5 coats of "Tung Oil" from home depot (pretty sure it isn't but works just fine for this), followed by 2 or 3 coats of blue label paste wax from Lee Valley. The top turned out great, and is quite slippery.

There are no screws in the assembly, it's held together with titebond III glue, and 3/8" dowels.

The fence is made from a piece of s4s maple I had kicking around. I think I'm going to make a new one at some point, this one is ok, but suffers from a few annoyances. I don't think it's quite square. I need to really crank down the clamps to keep it from moving around on the table top (the slippery surface is a blessing and a curse!) Adjusting the distance to the bit is pretty fidgety. Anyway, despite that, I've already got some great use out of it, using it as a jointer using the lee valley jointer shims, and doing some long dados. I think the next one I make will extend beyond the end of the table, that would be useful for some operations. I think I'll use s4s maple again, or get my friend with a jointer to help me out... A higher fence would also be handy, I think.

Here's a photo of it in jointer mode.

Jointer set up by bobbotron1, on Flickr

My gripes of the table are that the table is quite thick, so it reduces the max cut of a lot of my bits. Thankfully, it isn't much of an issue, and I bought a nice 2" long freud straight cut bit to solve the problem I was having. I've already scratched it's surface once too, whoopes.

Overall I'm super happy with it, it's a great tool, I think I'll get a lot of use out of it. I think if I make another one of these, I will make it about 24" wide, and perhaps a little narrower. I would also probably add hardwood edges, and put some kind off hard plastic laminate finish on top.
bobbotron is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 04:38 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Warren
Posts: 255
 
Default

The whole thing looks good to me. There is a rubberized shelf paper type material that you might want to put on the bottom edge of your fence. It won't slide as easily when you WANT it to move but the upside is it WON'T slide when you DON'T want it to move.
Your creation looks perfectly usable to me.
Ya should be proud.
sourdough is offline  
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 05:08 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Henry
Posts: 98
 
Default

Nice table. Hey, that looks like the inside of my garage ! It's about that cold when I have to work in there.
ccmnova is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 05:47 PM
Registered User
 
The Warthog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Roger
Posts: 413
 
Default

Congratulations on a job well done. I bought the Ryobi router table at Home Depot. Might make my next one, though. I heard there was snow in Ottawa, my supervisor has been moaning about it. My workshop is outside, too, but I'm thinking I have just enough space in my 8' x 10' shed to rig up a heater and use my router and lathe inside, but not both at the same time.
The Warthog is offline  
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-01-2010, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
bobbotron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Rob
Posts: 231
 
Default

Thanks guys, I am quite happy about it!

Yeah, it snowed here last week, now it's all melting and raining buckets. I like working in the snow, some good gloves and you're good to go.

I like the outdoor shop, cleaning up router dust inside my shed is so time consuming. :P
bobbotron is offline  
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 01:33 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Pete
Posts: 26
 
Default

I made one once a few years ago, using the sink cutout from a kitchen rehab. Cost just a few bucks, and worked well. I upgraded to a Bench Dog table and a MLCS horizontal table since then, but the old one made a lot of stuff.
Pete_Judd is offline  
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 09:06 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Kelly
Posts: 213
 
Default

Looks good I think. Do you have much money sunk in it?

Kr
Kelly Rittgers is offline  
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
bobbotron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Rob
Posts: 231
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kelly Rittgers View Post
Looks good I think. Do you have much money sunk in it?

Kr
Thanks Kelly! Not too much money sunk in it. I think, it's about $25 to $30 in materials, and I have a bunch of MDF left over. And I had to buy a new hole saw for it. I originally used a 1" hole, which turned out to be too small.

Edit, I should say, the cost was the reason I decided to try to make my own. I did the math, and realized that I could probably create a useful tool for way less than buying a premade one. I was considering buying a cheap router table, glad I gave this a go.

Last edited by bobbotron; 12-02-2010 at 09:35 AM.
bobbotron is offline  
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
bobbotron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Rob
Posts: 231
 
Default

Dang, just had a leak in my shed, and all of the water strangely pooled directly on the top of this router table. The tung oil and wax could protect it, the top is ruined. Doh! Guess I'll get my chance to make another one sooner than I thought. Think I might try baltic birch plywood this time....
bobbotron is offline  
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 12:11 PM
Moderation Team
 
BrianS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Country: Canada
First Name: Brian
Posts: 2,413
 
Send a message via Skype™ to BrianS
Default

Rob, that was a nice looking table. Too bad about the leak, but we are constantly learning in this hobby so I'm sure the next one will be even better.

Brian

Brian


Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on
or by imbeciles who really mean it.

(Origin uncertain)
BrianS is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Build an economy table top and install a mounting plate Mike Table-mounted Routing 93 01-15-2016 10:52 AM
Problem mounting Dewalt Router to Caftsman Table Saw apollo2000 General Routing 15 01-26-2015 02:30 AM
Rigid Model R2900 Router Combo and Ryobi Model A25RT02 Router table bigdave720 Table-mounted Routing 12 04-05-2012 07:27 PM
Craftsman 2hp professional router table combo... Duane867 Table-mounted Routing 2 01-03-2010 11:12 PM
Already Problems neuschu New Member Introductions 11 12-15-2009 07:01 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome