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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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Just thought I would drag this to the top since I am starting to plan my router table build. I should be able to get started in a few weeks and need all the best ideas so I can blatantly steal them for my own!!!!
mines nothing special but its big

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I like the size of the top and the finish of the whole thing. Gives it a clean look.
The part I'm not sure about is how to build a fence that is adjustable. I've seen a bunch of pictures with groves cut through the top, and adjustment bolts coming out to allow it to move. Are these off the shelf products, or home made as well? Just seems like it would be difficult to get something to sit still with just a notch in the wood, or is there a metal rail or something that is underneath and I just can't see in the pictures? Just trying to feel out the options for that.
Several mfg's make rail systems that work great for what you are trying to do. Kreg, Woodpecker, and Rockler come to mind.

Most have two parallel rails that allow the fences to be moved independently or together, depending on how you make your fence. They bolt from the underside of the top to all but eliminate the possibility of tear out.

I suggest building a split fence that also accomodates large bits and the mounting of feather boards. Lots of photos here and on the internet to give you an idea of what you may want.

Good Luck and keep us posted on your progress.
Mine is a "work in progress."

It ain't gonn'a be pretty but I hope it will be functional. I just put a phenolic plate into the top of an existing workbench. I have routed a track along the edge of the bench for featherboards. Tracks for a fence are next.

Pics at Photography of Terry Danks-Woodworking

The tracks I am using are ones from Busy Bee: Busy Bee Tools Product Detail

Uses standard 1/4" - 20 hex bolts
3/4" x 3/8" requires 3/4" material for flush mount

Does anyone know if there are miter gauges made to fit small tracks like these? I would like to make a sled for doing cabinet rails but am unsure if I should be using tracks like these. They seem smaller than "standard" table saw tracks.:confused:
I am not sure if there is miter gauge made for the smaller track.

I would suggest laying down two tracks. One small and one for a miter gauge, just in case.

Woodpeckers sells them. I am sure Rockler does too!!!

Looks like a good use of space and you will never be lacking in table top space.

What do you plan to use for a fence?

I am jealous. My garage is at the point that if I want anything new, something old has to go! That reminds me - I need to submit my plans for a tool shed to the home owners association asap. The lack of garden tools in your shop is what reminded me.

Thanks for taking time to upload some photos.

P.S. Here is a link to the kitchen I have been working on.

Latest kitchen project

Owner is still debating what finish he wants. I really have enjoyed my new router table setup. It has been a real pleasure to work with and my work has improved.
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Hi Brad

Thanks,,I got the garden tools in the back room plus other stuff :)

I was wondering where you were hiding your scrap lumber.

I need to really wittle my pile down. I just have a hard time bringing myself to throw it out or burn it.
I have finally finished my Router Table/Cabinet. I chose to use the NYW plans for the cabinet and purchased a Woodpeckers Router Lift and Table.
It took me three weekends but the results were worth it.
Suggestions on improving it are most welcome.
Really nice job and great lift too!

I am guessing that is a PC router, maple plywood for the drawers and doors, and oak plywood for the carcass and face frame.

Very clean look. I am sure you will enjoy it for years to come.

I can't wait to get mine built.
Well, I'm building a table now. But I want to incorporate dust collection that that will necessitate a closed cabinet. Most of the cabinets have a door that opens on the side of the cabinet. I was thinking of hinging the top and tipping it up instead. It seems to me that there would be a lot less bending over and a lot more light shining on the router for bit changes, etc.

Has anyone done a table with a hinged top? Am I overlooking anything?
I guess it depends on what hardware you have and what your needs for access to it are. I have decided that there will be no door at all to the router. With my current lift, I have little need for access.

I think it would be easier to assure a flat and stable base for your router if it were fixed. But, I am sure a tilt top could be built to assure the same rigidity.

What do you need to access?
Pics of my table finishing it today !!
Really nice job on the fence and the stand.

How long did it take you to paint all those router bits the same colors?:jester:
HOLY $h*T, a 100 jigs? wow
pictures of each would be to much to ask but i would love to know
what each is for, even that would be a monumental task!
do they all get used very often or just a few?

i just got into woodworking and the first things i have been making are a few jigs.


anyway, not to get off the subject, here are pics of my table.
its a new Eagle America that is no longer made but i have decided to turn
around and sell it, i want a cabinet and a top with different options.

It is very nice looking. Love the wood. You should have no problem selling it.
My table is from the plans of OP....I like it.....
I see I am not the only one that likes to do router work closer to chest level.

I like it too. Function is important.
actually im having a very hard time selling it. maybe you guys can tell me what you think its worth? and then i will tell you what i have had on it for a price!

I thought about this for a while and it is really hard for me to tell you what I think it is worth.

My only concusion is that others are looking for the same features you are in a table.

It is a much nicer router table than I owned for many, many years.
Here's a table I built this winter. The top is Peachtree as well as the Fence system. The plate is Highland Hdwre. and the router is Hitachi w/a router raizer. The castors are Bench Dog and the switch is from MLCS:D:D:D
Welcome to the forum.

I keep seeing these great tables. I am just chomping at the bit to finish mine.

Do you have any more pictures with the assembly process?

I like to see what different approaches people take to building one. I will take any ideas I can get.
I hope my table turns out half as nice as your Mike.

Nice job!

The Mother of invention!!!!!!
There are allot of great tables and all of you should brag . They are nice . The only thing I can brag about is mine was free to make . It was made it if an old portable table saw and some left over counter top some one was throwing out . The only thing I paid for was the router and the power strip that I put on it . It works for me .

Your table looks a lot nicer than the one I used for many years. Its a nice size and the countertop should provide a very smooth surface to work on.
I like the fence height too!
Get well soon!!!

We are all pulling for you.
Wow those are some sweet tables..... I too intend to make my own, But Im going to have to start with the base and add the drawers later......I intend on making this forum a part of my weekly internet viewing...... Nice to meet everyone ...
Welcome to the forum. Lots of gifted people on this site. I am sure that this site will be a vaulable resource for you. I can always learn something from someone on this site.
Here's mine that I finished a couple of weeks ago.

TS/RT combo
That is a great design. Great use of space. I would like to build something similar but have wrestled with the idea of a new saw, as well.

Thanks for posting some photos. I like it.
Harry that one's hard to beat! :)
I particularly like the scissor jack attachment. Is that a Ryobi option?:jester:
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