Constructing Your Own Router Table

What You'll Need
1/8 inch Plywood
Aluminum Router Plate
3/8 thick 1- foot long pieces of wood (2)
3/8 thick 6-inch long pieces of wood (2)
Router with Straight Bit
Straight Edge Guide
Router Table Insert
Miter Track
Split Fence Core
T-Tracks (2)

A router table is a woodworking table that holds a router saw. Router saws are used not only to cut wood, but also to cut specific designs into lumber and other materials and can be used for many woodworking projects.

Benefits of Router Tables

The router is one of the most versatile and flexible tools for carpenters and woodworkers. Not only can it make straight cuts, but it can also be used to carve out areas in a panel of wood to create cabinet doors. You can also use a router saw to cut fence panels or custom decorative table legs. Router tables are also great for cutting your own molding pieces or even making replacements for damaged existing molding.

The router table allows the carpenter to build and construct the wide variety of different types of objects without lugging the saw from place to place. Instead a safe, stable workspace keeps the saw in one place. This makes using the saw easier and keeps measurements and cuts consistent.

Finally, a routing table allows you to cut very narrow pieces of wood for special projects and prevents the risk of burning the wood.

Router Tables

While router tables are the perfect answer for woodworking and carpentry projects, pre-made models can be expensive to purchase. By making your own router table, not only can you save money, but you can also customize the table for your own needs and purposes.

In many cases, a purchased router table can include many unneeded and unnecessary tools and accessories that add to the expense of the table.

Step 1 - Cut a 9-by-12-inch section from the plywood.

Step 2 - Glue the 3/8-inch pieces of wood to each of the sides of the plywood.

Step 3 - Along one long side of the plywood, make a groove 4 inches from the edge with the straight bit and straight edge guide of the router. Insert the miter track in this groove.

Step 4 - Using the router, cut T-tracks on each of the shorter sides of the plywood, again 4 inches from the edge.

Step 5 - Attach the table top router to a workbench and use C-clamps to secure it to the bench.

Step 6 - Screw the aluminum router plate into place.

Step 7 - Attach the split fence into place.