Custom Router Table

I built this router table to fit my craftsman router, without having to buy any adapter plates. It is very simple, and works like any other router table. The switch on the side allows you to turn the router on and off without having to reach underneath, and also keeps it accessible in case of an accident. I used some spare nuts glued into one of the legs to hold on the plate and the original screws (which keeps them from getting lost). Installing the router onto the table takes less than a  minute, and makes it much easier to use rather than holding it upside down. 



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    8 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    VERY NICE and simple for a DIY. My Hitachi fixed base router also has a toggle on off switch, but speed change, i have to do it on router itself.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Could you please tell me how you turn the router on with a switch? For instance, if I plugged mine in and turned the switch on at the wall, it wouldn't start up the router. would still have to press two buttons at once on the actual router. What is the secret?

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    On the router that I used, the power switch is an on/off toggle, meaning it will stay running without holding anything down. All I have to do is leave the switch in the "on" position on the router, and then it is controlled by the switch. It sounds like the model you have will not work for this application, since it has two buttons. One thing you might try is putting electrical tape over the buttons to depress them (I have done this before with a drill press stand and a drill, it works well), however, this can be dangerous, because the router will start up right away if it is plugged into anything other than the switch. A safer option would be to try and find another router that locks in the "on" position. You might check a local home improvement store (or a pawn shop, if you are looking for used) and try and find one with this feature.

    Bill WW

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work, Colorado,

    Having the power switch on the side is a great idea. On my table mounted router (Porter Cable) the switch on the router is VERY hard to find, especially in the dark under the table. I also installed a remote switch, and included the router dust vacuum system - flip the switch and the router and vacuum buth start.

    I read the other comment "Great but where is the how to make it ?" and your response. I'm the same with photos - I don't get them, or enough, taken. But the concept is the important part. Most of us get your design idea, and we can work out the details for our situation.



    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool. Simple, straightforward design that should be a snap to build. I've looked at router tables and even the least expensive ones are around a hundred bucks. You built a much nicer table than any of the cheapies I've looked at. Good job.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I didn't Take pictures until after i finished it, so i posted some just to show others what i had built.