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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-22-2005, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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OK router geniuses!!! throughout the router forum, i have noticed that some people actually end up making a router table to benefit there needs. some people have told me to use a counter top to use for the router table top. with that i just came across a brand new 31" wide counter top that i would like to use to build the table top. it is 31" long by 21" wide. could someone please help me out by explaining how to build one of these router tables? i am very new to wood working and would like to build my own router center but not sure if it is more for an advanced woodworker or fine for a rookie as myself. iv'e noticed that rockler sells a router table plate that lays in the hole in the top of the table but im not sure how t even begin to cut out the needed slot. any help would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-22-2005, 06:00 PM
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Here's a link that may help with installing the base plate.

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thanks snowshoe...................
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Hi Reds_21, I too plan on building my router table when the time comes and like yourself, I am a rookie. I have been looking at the set up at Oak-Park at this link


40620 Kit which includes plans for constructing the table as well.

You may want to check it out.

There are many plans out there for router tables from super simple to the ultimate. You may even want to check out Norm Abram's router center at the New Yankee Workshop, it is a cadillac for sure and I know many have used his plan as a model to build from.

Keep us posted on your progress.

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this is reds_21,,,,,,below is the counter top that i was able to come across that i wanted to use towards my home made routing table. you will notice that it has the built in splash guard. do i have to do away with it or is there an advantage to it????? it measures 31 x 21,,,is that too small or is it usable?
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Hi, Red_21:
If I were you I would buy a plate to fit yourrouter from Oak-Park the sponser of the forum. They also sell a plan for the router tables that they sell. You can then adapt
your top to the same plan. The plate requires a 11" X 11" opening but the hole in the
top must be 3/8ths of an inch smaller to support the plate. They have plates to fit
all types of routers, go to the web site and you can look it up.
I use the Oak-Park table and it's been very good. Hope this helps.

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thanks woodnut 65...........................
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The plate you saw in the first link is the Rousseau. Black with red/grey inserts. This plate is my choice since it is readily available. They sell a template and guidebushing with a collar that makes installing it a breeze. They sell kits for centering your router on the plate to mount it. This is the easiest way to go for your first table. Dont worry, you will end up selling it and building more.
As far as the backsplash on your counter top I would remove it and I would also remove the slight bump on the front side as well. Its designed to keep water from running off the top and both may interfere with clamping. It limits the ways you can use your top and makes it difficult for setting up jigs.

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As an intermediate woodworker and a novice router enthusiast, I thought that building my own table would be an excellent first project.

I had nearly all the materials already on hand (thanks to a carpenter-friend who was completing a commercial renovation), so I started scouring the internet looking for plans. The first place I went was one of my favorite woodworking sites, "woodworkersworkshop.com". I was not disappointed. They had around 20 links to sites featuring free plans for router tables!

The table I ended up building was based on several of the ideas I took from different plans, and has so far done exactly what it is designed to do.

Maybe many of the readers here may be familiar with the site, but if not, it is worth a visit.
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Hi, Reds 21:
21" X 31" for a router table is good, the Oak Park table is even smaller, and it works fine. The size you have will allow for a good size cabinet below the table top that will come in handy for bits, tools, templates and fixtures.
Good luck with it. Woodnut65
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