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Default Norm’s router table for an offset top?

Just to throw an idea out there for a discussion (and because I’m bored at work now).

If one was going to build a “Norm” style router station but for an offset table top…



Would you move the router door to the “side” of the cabinet (I guess that would become the front). Just want to kick around some ideas. I need a good winter project since I can’t ride my motorcycle much anymore here in NJ.

My other thought would be to get rid of the toe kick and mount castors to the bottom...
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Nick,

Based on the picture, the top is already offset, just a lot wider than the oak park tops.
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gotcha,,, but...

I was planning on buying a pre-made table simular to this one:



Seems like the current plexi door would not work in that position.
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Hi Nick

Norm's router table is a great one but it's bit high in price to build many have and some of the members have one in the shop ,you know Norm deep pockets $$$$.

You may want to take a hard look at the plans (DVD ) that come with the Kreg Pocket hole system...it's also a neat one to make and it's sounds more like what you want in one..

I have Norm's plans and the Kreg DVD and the one from sommerfeldtools , I would say the quick and easy one to make would be the one Kreg system then the sommerfeldtools and then Norm's the price to make them would be in about in the same order ...
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They also make a DVD how to make a Router Table but I don't see it listed.
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http://www.sommerfeldtools.com/item....dvd3&d=118&b=1


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as always good stuff Bob...

I would by no means be building Norm's table per plan. But maybe tailoring the caucus / drawers to my application. The pocket hole jig is something I need to add to my "knowledge" and tool base at some point!
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Nick,

My router plate is basically in the corner of my cabinet. I don't have any doors, because I don't want to fumble around with opening and closing anything to make adjustments. The chips are sucked out of the fence port, or they fall into the little cubby with the router and are vacuumed up.

The top is the Oak Park one, and the size isn't too bad. I added the outfeed part just because the cabinet was that big, but I left the gap in the middle for clamping the fence. It works quite well.

Total cost- about $60 for the top, $50 for the sheet of 3/4 ply, 1/2 sheet of 1/2 ply, and the hardboard for the drawer bottoms, and a $20 switch, and misc hardware. The drawers are just glued and pocket holed, and they work great. Just make sure you put a good coat of wax on the runners.



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kp,

Looks like your dog likes it!!!! And so do I!

Did you start with a pre-fab metal structure? Or did you make that yourself?

Great stuff!
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The cart was a store leftover I received from a friend. It's not perfect for the application, but it works pretty well.

The dog is hunting crickets.... they tend to invade the garage at various times of the year.

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Doug, unless my eyes are fooling me, it looks like you have more storage room than Norms table has. I like it.

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kp that is one geat lookng table.
Bobj3, again you have all the neat links and wonderful ideas.

For myself, I would go to Home Depot, bu a blank counter top (with formica bonded too it) cut off the back splash & the front lip. Cut the opening where I wanted it. Buy a generic cabinet, mount the top, add thye proper switches, light that sucker off and make some wonderful router dust. I know my ideas are old and been beat to death but if I were a salmon I would swin down stream..goes to show you old dogs ar still old dogs. Love ya guys..
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