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 4 - Final Use

Safety and Use.

Routers are extremely dangerous high speed tools. Make sure you take all the proper precautions when using this tool. Consult your router manual for advice.

You should always pass the work piece from right to left against the fence (to counter kick back).

Wear appropriate eye wear and breathing apparatus when routing MDF. Routing MDF creates a lot of dust so I attached a vacuum cleaner to the dust extraction on my unit which did a great job.

Make sure your router bits are firmly attached and that the router table is set to the correct height before turning it on. When you've finished routing the piece turn the router off immediately.

Powering On and Off

If your router is like mine, it won't have a flick switch. I used rubber bands to keep the router in an on position and then powered it at the wall socket.

Genius! There's probably a good reason why not to do this, but it worked well for me.

Conclusion

It's quick, it's cheap, and it works. I can't guarantee it will last for long but I've made several successful cuts and saved a lot of time doing this. It was well worth the time and effort to set it up and saved a lot of frustration from holding the router instead. You can be creative with your fence, and make other guides to pass through pieces on their edge etc.

Adding a second guide makes easy edge work.In particular the table was very useful for when creating my speaker grill. In short a table router is the way to go! Good luck and view my project log for examples of this being used. Here's some of the work I was able to produce:

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