This looks like a great place. I'm pretty new to woodworking. I live in
New Mexico. My first question, I want to build my own router table and I
thought maybe some one could give me some advice
as far as a good size for a table top model as my shop is not very big.
Or a link to some plans, I've seen a few but lost track of where I found them.
I'm also a big fan of benchtop router tables. A good size seems to be about 18x24". This is less of an issue if you make your own fence. I have a couple of commercially available fences designed for benchtop tables and 24" is a good width for these.
As far as plans... there are billions out there on the web. I'll post a few. A good strategy is to use mdf for the table; if you glue up two pieces of 3/4" stock you'll get a very nice table. My local Home Depot has 2x4' sheets of mdf for $6. This would be more than enough for a table.
Most folks like to cover the table top and bottom with formica or other laminate. For my next table I intend to use hardboard masonite) for the top.
If you do a search on these forums you'll find lots of great user's router tables.
Walt, one of the simplest table designs is also the easiest to use, and that is The Router Workshop table. The plans are $4 from Oak Park. You can build the table and a base cabinet from a single sheet of 1/2" plywood. Overall size is 30" x 16", and the neat thing about this design is you can eliminate the base cabinet and side storage under the table and have a great little portable table to set on your bench.(18-1/2" x 16")
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