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Okay members, here is your chance to brag. My son in GA, wants to see pictures of router tables to give him some ideas for his. I told him to look at mine and he don't need to see any others, but he didn't believe me. :)
So here are 3 of mine to get us started. Lets show him what you got.
 

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I think he should have enough seeing yours; I'd be embarrassed showing him mine!


Okay members, here is your chance to brag. My son in GA, wants to see pictures of router tables to give him some ideas for his. I told him to look at mine and he don't need to see any others, but he didn't believe me. :)
So here are 3 of mine to get us started. Lets show him what you got.
 

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Gee whiz, thanks for making my OP table look inadequate now. :D :p
 

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Come on fellows!!!! This is for my son. He don't like mine, because they are too elaborate. He has a custom cabinet/furniture shop. He needs a table he can cut the OP type dovetail drawers on! He has the PC routers already and the OP system. He needs help on which lift system to get and a more functional table. (not sure I understand that part, I've been able to do anything I have wanted to on mine so far??)
Note: I have the old type Jessem lifts, which have served me well, but I'm sure there are better ones out there by now!

So please help him!!
 

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Okay.... Okay.... Harry, since you asked so nice, I'll reluctantly show mine. At first I built mine, but found it quite large and cumbersome, so I sold it and went with the Oak Park and have never looked back. "KISS" is so much better for my needs.

There are many more shots in the early part of my gallery if you want to explore further.
 

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Hi Harry,

I'd share a photo of mine but, not much since to it, since, it's almost identical to Bob's. Only difference is, I have the OP stand with mine. It's nothing fancy, not needed for me. Again, Bob said it best, "K.I.S.S." is so much better. :)
 

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Harry...

hope your son has as much fun building his, as i did mine...
 

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Some really nice router tables there. My needs are different, I use the router table to cleanup the edges of acrylic and the stock is sometimes (most of the time) large panels 40" x 24", 36" x 24"






 

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I want to thank the members who took the time to post their work. I am totally surprised that out of over 300 visitors to this thread only 4 of you have tables, or were willing to share their idea of a good table. In the short time I have been with you, I have seen dozens of questions about which table design is best. I figured here would be a thread in which we could get many ideas; a thread that new comers could go to for ideas. Everyone has their own opinion as to what design best suits their needs. And as someone here has said, the first one rarely is what we want anyway! We don’t know what we need until we have made one and used it. I didn’t mean for this to be a contest, but a thread for different ideas for the many different needs of the woodworker. I know that I must have looked at a hundred tables before I started on my first table. It would have been nice to have them all in one place!
Maybe as a newbie myself, I posted this wrong, should I have posted it as a poll thread?
 

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Charles,
I gotta ask. Are you making aquariums? Looking at your post. It reminds me of when the shop had me make two 1,000 gallon tanks (one salt, one fresh) for the wing commander’s lobby. That was a learning experience!!
 

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Here is mine. I built it large enough to double as a work bench because space is limited. I believe it was member Trap, that posted one with a tool chest in it, so thats where I got that idea. Sears stores usually have 1 or 2 marked down with a small dent somewhere. There are no tracks, or slots, but I did build a fully adjustable fence with t-tracks that can be clamped on (it can be found in my gallery). Or I can use my Incra jig for a fence. The base is common 2x4's, doubled, and cut to form half-laps. The router hangs in an open ended plywood box. And the top is two layers of 3/4" mdf, wrapped with sappele.
 

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K i s s

here's my current table.

Simple, portable, effective

and I am not embarrassed that it is an OP table.........

maybe when I get some talent, I will be able to make a cabinet for it...


James
 

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"Now that what I'm Talking About" Guess I just needed to beg a little.

Deb, what's the white hinged box on the right? Looks like a vacuum table?

John, I like the idea of using a tool box. Did you change the drawer slides? Only thing I don't like is the slides on some craftsman boxes, don't open far enough. How wide is your skis, do you get any bowing? John and I been Talking about what is best thing to use for the rods.

James, I want another table but don't have the room. Does that one fold up? Looks like just what I need. Sure looks like a big router, what is that?

Rick, looks like a nice fence. Do you have a closeup of that?
Thanks for getting us started.
 

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The hinged box is for router bit storage. I put the hinges on it so I could lift it to a horizontal position when selecting bits. Much easier then standing on my head to get at the bottom ones.:laugh:
I don't have the vacuum plate, just a hose attachment on the left side of the table. It gets most of the dust that falls into the router area.
 

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