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Ok, for anyone thinking about building a router table? This post is for you. I will document where I purchased and/or scrounged material to build this new router table. I really wanted the benchdog cast iron top, but will settle for another homemade deal-e-o. Just got home with the "Table Top" It is a laminated desk 1.25" thick, 28" wide and 48" long. It is laminated on both sides (very important). Very well made, as far as a laminate desk goes. Price paid: $5.00 USD. Purchased from State Gov't Surplus. Here are some pics.



Have to admit, when I flipped it over, removed the desk drawer and saw "Herman Miller" I almost didn't want to use it. Herman miller makes some mighty fine modern furniture and office furniture. Eames Chair is probably the most popular or noted. What do you guys think, should I make this Herman Miller a router table?

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Hi mike,

Can you check to see what the table is made from?
Some of these tables, even though 1.25" thick, are only "chipboard' and may not take the weight of a large router for a long time.

You may need to strengthen the table with battens underneath.

$5 is a bargain price....and a god buy in any case.

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Good buy, how do you plan to support the top?

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And I thought I was cheap! Good buy! I'm going to watch this post to see how it develops.
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Always fancied an Eames chair. Googled it and found damaged ones at over 3000 bucks, so checked British eBay and found new repro ones at a tenth of that. I might get one yet !

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Great Idea, I may tag along on this post. I am building a router table as well and I am about where you are. I have a 1.5" lamanated table top that I will be cutting the end off of as my base. I plan on using an old kitchen base cabnet as the base. I have some ideas for the fence and miter slot but I will let those keep developing. I'll post pics As I go along as well. I look forward to seeing your progress.

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I have always liked the Lounge chair and stool by Charles and Ray Eames. My 2nd year lamination project as a student was a copy. I have examined a number of 600-1000 Chinese copies compared to 5000 contemporary models from America. The feedback on the Chinese copies can be poor. I ended up with a pair of Stressless loungers.
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Good buy, how do you plan to support the top?
I was thinking taking a second job. But, I really don't want to.

Just Joking.

I am going to either build a basic base, or cabinet. Not sure yet.
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Hi mike,

Can you check to see what the table is made from?
Some of these tables, even though 1.25" thick, are only "chipboard' and may not take the weight of a large router for a long time.

You may need to strengthen the table with battens underneath.

$5 is a bargain price....and a god buy in any case.
It appears to be made with a high-quality particle board. I already planned for battens/ support, even if it was mdf. It is laminated on both sides. It seems to be very sturdy. I'm still up in the air with how I will support it around the plate area.

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Great Idea, I may tag along on this post. I am building a router table as well and I am about where you are. I have a 1.5" lamanated table top that I will be cutting the end off of as my base. I plan on using an old kitchen base cabnet as the base. I have some ideas for the fence and miter slot but I will let those keep developing. I'll post pics As I go along as well. I look forward to seeing your progress.

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I wasn't so ambitious with the fence. I got the jessem rout-r-fence off of amazon, just before Christmas for $48.95 USD.

Amazon.com: JessEm 4100 Router Fence: Home Improvement

Here is a pic on the table. Just to get an idea. I figured for under $50 USD, it is a heck of a fence. I should have purchased two.

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