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Here are some "good sense" improvements to Norm's router table design.

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Well Bob, that is a man with similar ideas to mine. I've always been vocal about router tables which I firmly believe should be very simple, a flat top, a simple fence and a visible router. I know that many people prefer all the bells and whistles but they really are not necessary.

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Excellent video Bob..

He does a nice job of presenting the various considerations when building a table and how his personal preferences influenced his own build.

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I'm a simple flat top man as well.
I use the edges of the top as guidance.

But I enclose the router to keep the noisy down as I live in a noise sensitive society and making too much noise could lead to an immediate eviction.

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Thanks Bob


I will agree the video he my kind of guy KISS way..

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Thanks very much Bob,

What a great example of taking the best of two quite different philosophies. Norm's NYW router table (which Rockler markets) is a fine example of the sophisticated, complicated philosophy, and Bob and Rick's Router Workshop table is the epitome of simplicity. Actually I have to wonder whether this video is really a modification of Norm's table or whether it is an independent invention of the Router Workshop table. The table described in this video also has very important consideration for proper air flow around the router motor, something many router table supporting cabinet designs do not take into account. (I think Cassandra recently made this point.)

I am very interested in seeing what the creator of this video does with fences.

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Many forget the router table can be used from both sides, (front and back side) but not if you block the router off the norm..he makes a good point about the bit drawers but I think they are bit to small, why not use the 3 drawers for small parts for the router table ,that we all have like the brass guides,etc. and use the two bigger drawers for the router bits, many buy bits in the box and do not want to take them out and stick them in holes in the drawer..you can buy a bit holder and drop it in the drawer and will take on the bits 1/4"/1/2" bits and the taller bits as well..

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I built a design similar to the Jointech plan and am very happy with it.

He is right about the router getting hot in an enclosed box. I cut holes near the top of the front panel which will draw more air into the box via a dust collector.

This set up does draw significant amounts of debris into the box.
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Glad to see everyone enjoying this video and getting something out of it. I think he brings up many good points and his use of the KISS as BJ stated, makes a lot of good sense.

Happy I found it and am able to share it here. I wish some of our own members could/would do videos promoting more router ideas like these.

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I did notice he wasn't overly concerned about the top either, recommending countertop offcuts. I have a piece of that in the shop for jigs and such. It calipers out at 51/64" (20mm), laminated one side, particle board (not MDF).

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