Introduction: Easy Router Table

I have made a router table from some plywood and 2 feet of 2 by 4.  The first step is to  take the plastic plate off of the bottom of your router. If your router doesn't have one, tough luck. i traced the plate centering the hole for the bit to go through the best i could. i made the hole bigger because my 45 degree edge bit didn't fit through the original hole. I cut a starter hole and then got the jigsaw and finished cutting it out. make sure when tracing the plate to make the screw pattern so the depth locking mechanism is in front of you when you trace it. I got some machine screws, the ones that fit were 24 thread count, and make sure they are long enough to g through your plywood and to thread into the router base. Drill the holes you traced then countersink. If you don't need a fence you are done. I needed a fence. I put an oval hole 4.5 inches from each left and right edge, 2 inches from the far edge of the table and rough on a line i struck across the whole table ,through the middle of the bit hole. 2 inches from the far edge, and 4.5 inches i drilled a hole the 4.5 inches from the edge and parallel from the bit hole, the cut on a line on the tangents of the 2 holes just drilled. you now have an oval hole. mirror it on the other side.  i cut a 2 by 4 at the width of the table and then put holes 4.5 inches from the edges of them and drilled holes there. put a bolt through the oval and the hole in the 2 by 4 on both sides. theres a fence. I spent approx. $15 0n the wood and screws/bolts so low cost too.

Step 1:

You will need a jigsaw and a circular saw

Step 2:

Dress your boards. Cut the pylwood to your desired size, i did 2' by 2' 2". Cut your 2 by 4  to the dimension of the long side of your table.

Step 3:

Trace the plate of your router on the center of your board. Drill a starter hole in the bit hole to put your jigsaw blade in, then cut it out. drill the screw holes to the diameter of the machine screws you bought. countersink your holes, but not too much. I used a 0.5 inch countersinking bit.

Step 4:

Drill a hole 4.5 inches from the left edge of the table and 2 inches from the far edge. Drill another hole 4.5 inches from the left edge and directly on the left of the bit hole, in line with the first hole. cut a line with the jigsaw on the connected tangents of the holeson each side, you should have an oval hole. Mirror on the left side. The picture is rotated, the top on the picture is on the left of the router table.

Step 5:

Drill a hole 4.5 inches from the left edge of your 2 by 4 and in the middle of it. Mirror on the other side. The picture has the 2 by 4 with the bolt

Step 6:

Remove the bottom plate on your router then line up the holes and screw in the router.

Step 7:

Put bolts through the holes in the 2 by 4 and then those bolts through the oval holes , thus obscuring part of each hole. put a washer then nut on each bolt which should be through the bottom.

Comments

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mrdmielke (author)2014-08-02

What thickness of plywood?

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notools1234 (author)mrdmielke2014-08-04

I believe I used 3/4", but anything that is thick enough not to bend under the weight of your router and any thing you plan on putting on your router table

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RayConklin (author)2013-08-23

Great Idea, I will use "TEE NUTS" on a wooden plate to secure the bottom, with a bolt/wing nut head for the top to adjust the guide/fence. I have a welder, and will weld a washer on the head of the bolt to give me a home made wing nut or perhaps a T-handle arrangement. I would also move the Router access hole closer to the edge as it cuts on the back side, that gives me more room for the adjusting fence, and I can make the table top narrower.

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rlane8 (author)RayConklin2014-04-15

The only problem with mounting the router closer to the edge is that it might come off balance when setting on the horses. This could easily be fixed by somehow clamping or bolting to the horses, or simply clamping one end of the board to a worktable instead of setting on the horses. Many ways to make these tables. I like this idea though. Great instruc"table" :-p

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Ogliopeptide (author)2013-02-07

It might be easier to use your router for this step.

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Phil B (author)2012-02-10

Simple, effective, inexpensive, easy to store. I like it.

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notools1234 (author)Phil B2012-02-14

What does it mean to be a featured author? I think somere in the website's margins it said you were a featured author.

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Phil B (author)notools12342012-02-14

You are correct. Featured authors are often listed along the right side of some Instructables. A year or so ago I was asked to submit answers to some questions for a featured author interview. The interview questions for each featured author are quite similar. Being a featured author simply means somehow the moderators at Instructables have noticed your efforts and decide to accord you featured author status for reasons known completely only to them. In my case, I do know only one other author has submitted more Instructables than I have.

Once there were very few featured authors with new ones added only a very few times per year. Now they are adding a new featured author about once a month.

As far as perks because you are a featured author, there really are not many other than seeing your name and picture on the featured author page. I was supposed to receive a sweatshirt with the Instructables logo on it, but it never came. I hope that helps.

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notools1234 (author)Phil B2012-02-15

Cool, you know of any good instructables on making recurve bows?

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Phil B (author)notools12342012-02-16

I have seen some Instructables on making bows, but I do not believe they were recurve bows. Some were basic bows made with a piece of PVC. Some were longbows made with laminations of wood. Are there helps on the 'Net for making recurve bows? It seems I saw something once. I have not made any bows and if I comment further, I will only display my ignorance.

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heathbar64 (author)2012-02-10

I did something very similar to this. Its great because I usually work at a jobsite and not at home shop. this doesn't take up any room in the truck and I carry the folding horses anyway. I didn't bother with the slots and bolts for the fence but just clamped a board on with c clamps. I did rout out a thinner place for the base of router to fit into. this so I didn't waste so much bit depth.

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notools1234 (author)heathbar642012-02-14

My router has a pretty good depth range, but i still didn't mount it with the original plate.

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pfred2 (author)heathbar642012-02-14

That is what I did when I had my router on a board. It was simple, cheap, and worked. Now I've another board with an insert and I guess it is a bit easier to put the router on, and take off. Doesn't actually work any better in use though. I figure all those people who make those elaborate router stands just can't think of a good woodworking project to do.

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