I get asked every once in awhile about my homemade router table, so figured I'd best post pictures of it - don't know if it is as an example of what you can do with little, or just a example of what not to do. :lol:
I went thru my posts and picture files and came up with these pictures. This is version four or five I believe, and I believe I've had this particular version since about 2000, or possibly even earlier. It's made with 1/2" plywood, for the top, and router plates. Under it is supported by a spiderweb of 2X4 pieces, quite close together - give great support, and have had no problem with sagging. It's mainly held together with Titebond II, but bolted to the shelf with nuts and bolts, the total cost of which was somewhere around $2.50 if I recall right, and they have been reused since the first verion. The rest is scrap I had in the shop, so I don't count any cost of that. No, I did buy some screws and washers to hold the router to the router plate, cost unknown. Very basic, but answers my needs nicely. If I ever need a fence, a piece of 2X4 and a couple of clamps should do nicely.
First picture: The top. It is made of three pieces of plywood, four if you include the router plate. The only thing I can come up with for making this like this is, probably I didn't have any larger pieces of plywood handy. The router plate locks in nicely, with no movement, you have to lift the front, and lift, to take the router out.
Second picture: This is the best photo I have of the underside. On the left is a piece of 2X4, and on the right is the power strip I plug the router into, and that is attached to a piece of 2X4 on that side.
Third picture: And this rather bad picture is the router plate, with the router attached to the bottom side.
Fourth picture: This is the router mounted on the bottom side of the router plate. The hole in the plate was intended for hanging on a nail, but I have since drill holes in the plates on the leading edge, seems to be handier.
Fifth picture: This not so clear is with the router plate out, and where the router fits in. The lip on each side is about 1/2" each, with another at the rear, and support the plate and router nicely. The router winds up very close to each side, so there is maximum support.
Sixth picture: This is my new router plate master. Not sure why I tossed the other one, but obviously this one must be an improvement, of some sort. Down is printed on it, so that when the new router plate is finished, it will be turned so the nail holes are on the bottom. The cut corner on the plate is so I will know that goes to the upper right, and makes sure I have the right side on top - I was not able to get both sides 100% symetrical, and if I did it anyother way, I would be sure to get the wrong side up, and it would not fit quite right - so this saves hassle, and irritation. The holes for the screws to hold the router on are marked, but I don't think I will drill them, instead just put the router on the plate and mark the hole position, then drill them; then if I have a different router, with different hole spacing, won't have to worry about it.
Seventh picture: Just for the heck of it, one of my cane handle masters, and a cane made from it. As a bonus, you also get another poor view of under the front of the table.
Don't ask me for plans, I don't have any. I am not even sure how I made the darn thing. I started on it, made it, then couldn't tell how I did it. I still don't know how I cut those sides and made them fit so nicely to the router plate. I can't tell how I made the sides for the router plate either. Zen woodworking.
This has answered my need very nicely. It still does, but now I am going to extend the left side approximately 33" - that's the size of a bench I will be using as the extension. There are times when you simply don't need fancy.