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My DIY Router Table
Date of completion 4-8-09
the best shot I could take at making a router table on my budget.
I spent less than $500 total on everything including the wood, hardware, and
router. The router was $309 new and the most expensive part. The router
lift and accessories were just $100 from a craigslist list good find. :)
I originally didn't want to copy the benchdog promax model though my table
ended up with similar proportions after I designed it to fit my routers in
the bottom, and bit storage for the left and right. The enclosed PC 7518
gets MUCH quieter which the cabinet door is closed, I am very happy with
Table Top Dimensions 32" WIDE x 24" DEEP
Height to top of table = 37.5"
The top is made of two layers of 1.5" thick MDF. The second layer is glued
to the top layer and fits INSIDE the cabinet base. I used 3 coats of boiled
linseed oil on the MDF and then burnished it with 0000 fine steel wool and
waxed it with a dry silicone free lubricant. BTW, I treated both the top
and bottom of the table top with the BLO.
The router lift is a Jessem Mast R Lift with top height adjustment, and the
fence and hardware is all by rockler. (Well except for the benchdog
The cabinet and doors are 3/4" MDF construction, I used 1.5" brads, drywall
screws, and yellow glue for construction. I primered the cabinet with Kilz
and used a semi-gloss interior paint I had left over from use on my kitchen.
The hinges are Blum Euro hinges.
Router is a Porter Cable PC7518, 3-1/4HP soft start, variable speed.
I attached a heavy duty light switch for on/off duty and put it in a stamped
The handles are made of solid beech and the hooks on the sides of the router
table were $0.25 for a package of 2 on clearance at Ikea.
There is a rockler 2.5" dust port in the fence.
The Harbor Freight Stuff:
$2 Casters with locks (Made in india)
My 89 cent Push Stick (which I will make a better one soon)
Rear Dust Collector Port 4" (from the HF DC accessory package)
Also pictured is my Hitachi KM12VC router I got as an unused/display unit
from Lowes for $71 - $10 coupon.
Then I've got my router bits storage on the sides in their cases.