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Hello all!

So I was walking home one day when I found an old discarded drawer in a field near my house. I only had to take one look at it to know exactly what I wanted to make. Having recently acquired my own plunge router, I figured it wouldn't be too terribly difficult to turn the drawer into a makeshift router table! 

The following shows my process in making this, for those who wish to try it, or for those who are simply curious. I can already think of over a dozen modifications that I can (and more than likely will) add to the table as upgrades, and will list a few (or more) of them at the end. Not knowing a whole lot about router tables going into this project, I made it all up as I went, using mostly scraps and hardware I had on hand.

I welcome any and all questions, and will explain my reasoning for any design element you may choose to question! ;)
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools:
-Plunge Router
-Drill
-Jigsaw/Hole Saw
-Steel Rule
-Compass

Materials:
- (1) Old drawer (this one measured 91/2"x131/2"x171/2")
- (3) 5mm 8 x 30mm Machine Screws
-(1) 2"x5/8"x17" Scrap Wood
-(2) 1/4"-20 3" Bolts
-(2) 1/4"-20 Star Knobs

Optional:
-Spray Paint
-Shop Vacuum

Step 2: The Drawer and Router

So now that I had my idea, the first thing I had to do was make sure the router would even FIT in its new home. I stood the drawer (hereafter referred to as table) up and held the router in place for a second, sizing it up while checking to make sure all the controls and adjustment areas could still be reached. I tried to make sure to keep it as far back as possible to allow for the largest possible work area above.
rhenderson88 months ago
A couple of questions: Did you screw the base on without the base plate? Did you have to extend the router it out for it to fully extend onto the table top? The reason I ask is that my router bits wouldn't be fully extended onto the table top if was inserted so that the shank was fully inserted into the collette. I would have to extend it so that about 1cm of shank was showing.
rhoddity (author)  rhenderson88 months ago
Personally, I had left the base plate on, if nothing else then so I wouldn't have to worry about losing it (which I totally would). =P

I never insert my router bits all the way (I pull back big time). Since my 'shop' is completely outdoors, moisture sometimes likes to rust up the collet, and if I forget a bit in the router, it becomes a huge pain to remove (nearly ruined a bit this way).
rajarshi10 months ago
i did not understand "can't keep the plunge bars covered by the sleeves for very long."
you mean the black covering or the sleeve and bar sliding mechanism .
or u mean to say that the router falls off?
rajarshi10 months ago
is that black and decker router?
i have one which looks exactly the same
rhoddity (author)  rajarshi10 months ago
Actually, it's a Chicago Electric router. I got it from Harbor Freight. It works pretty well, except that I can't keep the plunge bars covered by the sleeves for very long.
durrie441 year ago
Nice simple but effective, i'm making one.
Well done!
Very nice design.

I've been thinking of building a router mount into my workbench, and you have given me a few good things to think on (I really like your fence design!)
rhoddity (author)  RandomIdeaMan1 year ago
Thanks a lot! I am actually planning on modifying my fence by making it L-shaped and putting the knobs behind the main fence, so as to not get in the way of taller workpieces. =)
Another thought would be to drill a third hole in your fence and a corresponding hole in the draw at some points (for example when the fence is dead center of the router bit, and other commonly used locations) for a dowel to let you quickly and easily locate/relocate those positions which you use often... if you follow my meaning.
rhoddity (author)  RandomIdeaMan1 year ago
Ah! So you mean, basically create "presets" for commonly used locations?
Yeah exactly! So if you had a long term project and you needed to be able to re-set it to the same distance from the bit again later, you could drill a hole for it and write whatever the project was next to the hole and easily come back to the exact same fence position later.
rhoddity (author)  RandomIdeaMan1 year ago
Good thinking! I may do something like that when I go on my upgrading spree! =)
ZaneEricB1 year ago
sometimes the simple application of tape makes the rest of us have a DUH moment...i have to say...i would have been perplexed and would have done a thousand other things before even thinking to use tape....DUH!
rhoddity (author)  ZaneEricB1 year ago
Hehe, thanks! I've learned to appreciate the limitless value of simple tape early on when all I had to build with as a child was cardboard and masking tape! =]