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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Step 3 - Fenced

Table Base

Now that your router is firmly attached to the baseboard you can flip it over and secure this to your workbench / table / or whatever you have that is sturdy and stable! I used clamps to hold it in place. The most important thing is that it's sturdy and with enough clamps this was good enough for me.

Fence / Straight Edge

Your table is now pretty much ready. Simple really wasn't it? The time this little gadget will save you in the long run when making tricky cuts is invaluable. To get straight cuts you need to attach what is known as a fence. Basically a fence allows you to slide your workpiece along a consistent straight edge. This is great when you want to add detail to an edge or create slots and grooves at a set distance on a panel.

Most router tables have a fancy fence that can be easily adjusted. A luxury I don't believe is that important for a small project so I simply cut a straight edge out of spare MDF again (make sure one side is perfectly straight) and clamped to the table. You really really want to make sure this is clamped tight and will not flex in the middle. To adjust the position of the routing cut simply unclamp and reposition.

Clamps, handy when you want to remove it later. Just be sure they are on super tight.

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