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Have been gifted 3 routers new one as as gift, an old one never taken out of the box and a small used one - have purchased some books on routers but would like to see or do some hands on stuff. Need to build a table but have no idea what kind would fill the bill with the routers i have. Any information anyone could give would be appreciated. Thx, mike
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Can I call You Mike? Welcome to the forum! The table is not a big deal to build. I would start out with a router mounting plate. It is used to make it easy to remove the router from the table, and to set it in. There are all kinds of router tables. I would go on-line and type homemade router table plans. You can look around, and see what You want by description. If I tell You what I am using, I am afraid that You may not like it. There are small tables, big tables, attached and every thing between. one thing to think about is having Your table warp. It is important to keep it level with no high spots to change the motion of the router. Best table lay-up in My mind are two pieces of 3/4 chip board, ( I think that is the term) glued together and a piece of Formica sheeting glued to each side. That helps to slow down the warping, or stop it. Thanks for asking, and stay tuned, and You will get more ideas Thanks for joining!

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Have been gifted 3 routers new one as as gift, an old one never taken out of the box and a small used one - have purchased some books on routers but would like to see or do some hands on stuff. Need to build a table but have no idea what kind would fill the bill with the routers i have. Any information anyone could give would be appreciated. Thx, mike
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I made my own table The height was something i made for what was comfortable for me. i also built it with 2 cabinet doors top door was for Chip discharge with opening in back for my Vac system. Second door was for router accessories. I glued 2 pieces of 3/4 baltic birch together and then coverd top bottom and sides with formica, to hopeful keep any warpage to a minimum or none at all. I bought a Fence from Rocklers, made my own sliding fence to attach to the metal one from Rocklers. Also bought a router plate which i attached a Router lift to ( which is with out a doubt one of the best investments ever made) I also made a mobile base for the cabinet. ON the outside of cabinet I Mounted holders for more accessories. There are LOTS of plans for homemade tables on the net.Hope this helps
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You'll find lots of information in past discussions here, along with pictures of many of our tables in this thread:

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...our-table.html

Most of the discussions have a fair dose of personal preference, mostly based on differences in how individuals prefer to work, what they are doing, and so forth. But, if you filter that with what you want to do, you'll come out with useful information.

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Welcome to the RouterForums, the best, friendlest woodworking forum. As you have seen, there are members with all levels of experience and expertise, and all are eager to share.

For starters, try the Oak-Park table top, with your choice of cabinet below, built to the height that is best for you. The site Quillman referenced strikes me as more mainstream than contrarian, but then I find simple is best. Building a router table is a conundrum; you need one to build one. Have you seen the Router Workshop? Bob and Rick, the inspiration for this forum are my guides. Check out the Oak-Park catalogue for the table top with necessary accessories. The only thing I would do differently is have a taller fence with a T-track for a vertical featherboard and larger shield. The previous discussions which Ralph referenced are an excellent source for ideas.

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