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Wanted! pictures of your router table!

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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 got it at woodcrafters on sale, I knew nothing about router tables and wanted to get started. It works but it uses a freud plate only. My next one will built into a rolling outfeed table along with kreg plate and rails. Gotta maximize space.

Hi Scott - Like the table, looks nice and sturdy for a foldup. Just a question, how is the fence attached to the table? Looks like it wants t-tracks someplace. :confused:
I am bleeding with jealousy... I have a boughten Ryobi router table and just got 2 new routers for Christmas. I haven't even plugged them in yet to test them. I'm going to get some wood next week and just try the bits and get used to them and how the table handles. I want to make my own RT but I might buy the Router Workshop setup. I've been watching the program a long time and think that may be the way to go. Am I the only one in Olympia that wants to use a router? Kewl tables guys...
Hi Ed, I don't know which Ryobi table you bought but Duane867 did a superb job with his.

You will need to scroll down a few posts but he has a picture of it.:)
Anyone considered using the kitchen cabinet base cabinets like they sell at Lowe's or Menards as the base cabinet for their R/T. They are somewhat inexpensive and appear as though they would make a great base cabinet.
Hi Marvin - Welcome to the forum.
This is kind of a interesting topic by itself. Why don't you start a new thread for it? This one is getting kinda long.
For me they would be size prohibitive. Usually 5ft or so and I haven't got room. 2-3 ft is all you really need:).
Hi Kevin

" bobj3, just how many jigs do you own??"

Too many :) , I would guess over a 100 or so.. :)

Geez Bob, took ya 4 days to count the routers... Pleeeeze don't count the jigs, we want you back before July/August:laugh::laugh::sarcastic:
Hello all,
I can't believe this thread is still going. At least some good has come of it! Glad everyone is enjoying it. Unfortunately my son has had to close his shop and is about 95% disabled. Shame for someone so young (47) who loved woodworking so much! All part of the greater plan I supposed.
I’m slowly recovering from my surgery; hope to get back into my shop in a few months. Family and doctors think I should sell it off, but not yet. Time will tell. Didn’t mean to dump on you guys, just want to explain why I hadn’t been around. Good luck and thanks for keeping this thread alive.
Good to hear from you anytime Harry. Sorry to hear about your sons condition but glad you are coming back:)
I would be happy to post pics, but am a newbie, so have to post 10 times before I can. I will be back to you.
Thanks for posting pics of your setup.
Hi Mike - Glad to see you being active in the forum. :yes4: If it makes you feel any better, Your not alone trying to reinvent the wheel:wacko:
FYI, I think the 10 post rule applies to links, not pics.
Welcome to the forum:)
I finally had time to rip and glue my gifted countertop into a router table, and it turned out quite well. For now I have my old 1.75 HP Skil router mounted onto a router plate made from an old cutting board that is made out of an unidentified white plastic of some sort. The cutting board is 7/16" thick and I can't bend it, so I think it will work out quite well until I can upgrade it at a later date. The table measures 21" W X 47-3/4" D X 1-5/8" H. Next on my to-do list is wrapping the edges in 3/4" oak and building a good fence.
Nice sized table:)
By the way, the magnets I used are from Lee Valley Tools. Cupped Magnet Sets - Lee Valley Tools

Just another source for rare earth magnets:
K&J Magnetics - Strong Neodymium Magnets, Rare Earth Magnets
They offer more of a variety than the woodworking suppliers usually do.
Quick n' dirty

Just a couple of shots of a little table I threw together the last few days. Total out of pocket was zero as everything came out of the scrap heap.

Plate is acrylic, about 7/32" x 7-1/2" x ~9", top and fence is an old countertop cutoff I got from a Home Center mill shops dumpster. Fence also incorporated a scrap piece of 3/4 ply. Total time was 4-5 hrs. The thing was built specifically for the Colt angle base. Works pretty well but I'm still not sure if it is better to have the bit angled toward or away from the fence. It can go either way so I can play with it with no big changes.

The substrate on the top and fence is particle board so I don't expect a long life before is warps enough to be unusable but that's not a big deal, I can just toss another together.

I may end up opening the hole in the fence so I can use a slot cutter, right now it is just 3/4" wide. I also didn't make much provision for dust collection as I don't anticipate any long runs on it. Kinda hope I'm wrong there, kinda neat to play with:)


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