In my hometown here in Nebraska every spring we have a city wide clean up. Everyone in town can put almost what ever they want on the curb, or haul it to the dump yourself, and not have to pay the fee. In town they bring in dump trucks and loader tractors and go house by house, like regular garbage pick up, but will take most anything. Many people use this opportunity to throw away tons of perfectly good items that they just don't need any longer. Furniture, electronics, yard tools, (I have a friend who claims to have found a running weed eater and leaf blower). Most decent people will even tape signs onto things that still work.
To the point I am an avid recycler/reuser/salvager. If it has use or even something I can remove to use or just metal I can sell for scrap, I will take it. Most all electronic devices have steel and copper $$$. I am ranting. So a few years ago I find this small desk in decent shape, and my girlfriends young son needs more storage space, so I strap it to the roof of my car (I wish i had a pic for you) and bring it home. It served that purpose until I built them some custom shelves. Now I am left with this small desk in my shop waiting some fate.
It just so happened I was researching router table plans because I needed one to make a a small part for a project. I wanted something sophisticated and fancy, but time and money were of the essence. Then one day it hit me. Make a simple router table out of what I already had instead of buying lots of lumber. Let the recycling begin.
Tools for this project were simple also. A drill and some bits, the router itself, and a jig saw. The only other materials needed where screws that threaded into the base of the router.