Quick Router Table Guide

A router table makes things all that more easier when doing detailed work. This guide shows you how to make a quick and very cheap router table.

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Introduction

A very quick, cheap but effective router table.

Quick Router Table Guide

To make any sort of attractive detail on your project you will want a router. In fact, a router is probably the most versatile tool I own. It allows precision cutting, bevelled and fancy edges, grooves and so much more. However, moving a router over the work piece can be frustratingly slow to setup and easy to slip up on. This is where a router table comes in, it allows you to pass the workpiece through the router bit, giving you greater control and repetitive accurate cuts.

Disclaimer

I'm not a woodworking expert at all! But with common sense and some patience I was able to get some excellent results. So take this advice with a pinch of salt. Any serious woodworker may have better advice but this setup worked well for me, and literally cost me nothing but a few spare parts lying about to assemble. Try google if you want something more long lasting but if you're looking for a quick, cheap but effective setup read on. 

Woodworking tools are high powered and potentially dangerous when not used per the instruction manual. Therefore I can't guarantee your safety when building your own woodworking tools. So as always, following this guide at your own risk.

How Easy is this?

Creating the table is pretty straight forward. You will need to be able to use a drill with a steady hand but that's about it. You will need more skill using the table than building it I think.

What do I need?

  • A bench or existing surface to clamp the table base to.
  • Spare piece of MDF roughly 600mm square for the baseboard.
  • Several Clamps
  • 3 bolts. (just slightly less length than the base of the router and baseboard combined. These need to fit into the router base to attach it to the table).
  • 3 nuts / washers or 3 T-nuts .
  • wrench to tighten bolts.
  • Drill and bit (diameter of the bolts).
  • Drill spade bit to recess the bolt nuts (slightly wider in diameter than the nuts).
  • Drill spade bit wide enough to cut a hole for the largest router bit you want to use.
  • and of course... A router (with router bits).

Note - depending on the router base will depend on the amount of bolts and nuts needed. When purchasing your bolts make sure they fit! 3 were needed for my particular model.

Preparation

A clean work space always help. Let's get started...

 

Step 1 - Getting Started »