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I would like to make a table base for my router table like this but don't want to pay the $75.00 from rockler any sugestions on how to make this from scratch.And the other question what is the standard height of a full size table is it 36" tall.


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Hi delirous26

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This would be a easy one to make, note the fastners they are using, for a quick take down or put up...
Cabinet Fastners

Or you can use Sq. nuts with Hex head bolts, just drill a hole for the sq. nut slip it in the hole and then put the hex head bolt in place with a flat washer and you have it done quick and easy

I would add two more rails for more support and a shelf support, in the center of the uprights.


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I would like to make a table base for my router table like this but don't want to pay the $75.00 from rockler any sugestions on how to make this from scratch.And the other question what is the standard height of a full size table is it 36" tall.


http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2083


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This would be a easy one to make, . . . I would add two more rails for more support and a shelf support, in the center of the uprights.
Ditto what BJ said about easy.
In fact --
IF you aren't interested in the quick breakdown feature and not too concerned about cosmetics -- it can be extremely easy.
About 6 - 8' 1x4's (or 2x4's if you wanted sturdier) cut into 2' and 3' lengths (which you could probably get the big box to do for you) and just screwed together.
Total cost for lumber and screws about $20.

Me -- I tend to get a little fancier --
So I would probably lap joint the uprights to the legs -
Then dado the top brace in.
For the bottom I would get some plywood and build a cabinet which would supply considerable extra bracing -- and storage (which I never have enough of).

As for height -- it's your table - make it comfortable for you.
Rule of thumb you will find mentioned is to stand easy and bend your arm 90 degrees at the elbow and measure down from your hands.

These are just off the top of my head ideas sketched out while I am supposed to be doing something else. I have no doubt there are details that need adding - they are for brainstorming purposes only.
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Hi Cowboy!

That sure makes sense! Sometimes we get lost because we can't see the Tree for the Forest!

... I think prices have gone up, though... $20 for the wood and screws?

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Hi Cowboy

That's what I'm taking about it's about time you jumped in, now stick around bud... I'm sure you can add a great deal to the forum


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You could even build a cabinet for it. With shelves and build in the router into it's on area. I would use 3/4" Plywood for it and put some wheels on the base so you can roll it into place for storage if space is an issue.

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Hi Cowboy!

That sure makes sense! Sometimes we get lost because we can't see the Tree for the Forest!

... I think prices have gone up, though... $20 for the wood and screws?
Joe -
That was just a ballpark but here is how I came by it -

Assuming the stand was 3' high x 2' square the bare bones stand I sketched out (the one without the cabinet) would take about 48'
( I think - if I did the math right)
- or 6 8' boards.
I paid about $2.50 each for some 1x4 pine this weekend for some box beams.

6 boards @ $2.50 = $15
I figure about a pound box of screws @ about $5

This is for a VERY basic and quick stand --
Obviously - if you use nicer wood and/or add the cabinet feature etc --
things start adding up.

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That's a nice design Cowboy, thanks for posting it.

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That's a nice design Cowboy, thanks for posting it.
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But can't take credit for the design - just copied the Rockler stand-- and added the shelf BJ suggested.
Mostly tried to figure out the simplest/least expensive way to implement it.
Well - ok - the cabinet bottom idea was mine.
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Thanks for the reply on this everyone
cowboy you said in the diagram with a cabinet bottom on top you said dado cut would a sliding dovetail work hmmm! and then then the uprights i was thinking pocket holes with glue to the base.
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