How to Build a Woodworking Router Table How to Build a Woodworking Router Table
Learning how to build a woodworking router table will save you money and bring with it a great sense of pride. A well crafted, router table can be built to suit your individual height, made to hold as many router bits as you need, but most importantly it can be customized to fit where you want it.
Step 1. Building the Base
Using the Douglas fir 2x4 material, begin by building a base square of approximately 30 inches by 24 inches, mitering each end of the lengths of 2x4. Clamp, glue and screw these pieces together tightly. When the glue has dried, remove the clamps.
Step 2. Build a Solid Cabinet
Cut and dry fit construction grade plywood so that it forms three sides of a square (back and two sides) and fits neatly within the base square built by the 2x4s. Be sure to construct the cabinet with the good side out. Measure and cut the height of the cabinet so that it comes up to a comfortable working height. Construct a similar square of 2x4s to fit within the cabinet at the top. Clamp, glue and screw this square frame to the cabinet sides near the top.
Step 3. Construction of the Doors
Cut two 2x4s the same height of the cabinet and then cut them in half lenghtwise. Attach the piano hinge to each piece of the 2x4 so that when folded it becomes a whole 2x4. Attach one half of the 2x4 to the upright, plywood side of the cabinet by clamping, gluing and screwing it in place. You will now have two hinged 2x4s. Carefully measure two pieces of the construction grade plywood and attach to each of the free sides of the 2x4 halves to form the cabinet doors.
Step 4. Construct a Solid, Flat Top
Sandwich a sheet of the plywood between two sheets of the medium density fiberboard by applying a thick layer of glue to each sheet and firmly clamping the sandwich together. Use the appropriate sized screws and screw them into the sandwich from the bottom. This sandwich will form a solid, flat top on which to work.
Step 5. Build a Router Fence
Once the top is firmly screwed and glued into place, router a 1-inch strip, 6 inches from each side. Screw the 1 inch thick, steel, slotted railing into these slots. Drill 2 holes into the steel angle iron and thread the 2 tee bolts into the slots. Attach the threaded plastic knobs for the adjustable router fence.
Step 6. Install the Router
Measure and cut a counter-sunk hole in the middle of the top. Drop in the router installation plate. Screw the router to the plate from the bottom.