Today I am writing about the build of my new router table. The router table is made of recycled plywood pine and MDF. The table uses a palm router made by Ozito that you can purchase from Bunnings. The router table build took approximately three hours to cut up, build the base and tabletop and machine the insert for the router using my CNC.
The reason I wanted to make a router table is that I wanted to be able to make things like finger joints, Dados and, floating dovetail joints and other things of that nature. However, I didn't have anything to allow me to do that without spending $100. So, I decided that I am going to start making some of my own machinery, nothing too big, just small stuff. The influence behind this router table is from people like stumpy nubs and other creators. Also, a friend of mine built one recently, so I asked him to send me a picture. After seeing the picture, I thought that it was a good idea and decided to make one myself. Since the build only consisted of just basically pocket whole screws and butt joint joinery it was an easy build.
I built it so that the unit could sit on a table or a bench, at a height where I could use it comfortably. The heights of this machine and the timber used to make the router table can be made as varied as you want or need. So that's what I did, I made the table to a size that allowed me to work comfortably. You can do the same thing and build it to the measurements and size that suits you.
Now on to the fence. The fence is made from 2 pieces of pine that have been butt-jointed along its length with 2 holes cut into it. The fence has got spaces at the back, cut as little triangles on 45-degree angles. The triangles have been glued and screwed to the back of the fence. I can now plug my vacuum through the back of it for dust extraction. On the side of the fence, there are also 2 acrylic keepers which keep the fence in line with the tabletop and stop it from moving. At the back of the tabletop, there are 2 slots cut with a jigsaw to the width of bolts. These act as guides for the fence. The slots enable it to be moved and locked down with knobs made from wood and nut inserts that allow the bolts to come up through the knob.
The router table was built in a way that most beginners could do as long as they can make a box, use a jigsaw and a table saw. You can also make this using a circular saw and of course a drill. These types of builds are a great way to practice using basic skills that are used in some of the best woodworking. I have seen these skills used repeatedly, in areas like DIY and general home maintenance. With a router table, you can do things like straight cuts, box joints, sliding dovetails, and edge work, all with using just small pieces of wood and a palm router.
I'm intending to add a stop switch to the front of the unit to be able to use it as an emergency stop button in case something goes wrong. That way I’ve got something to be able to shut the machine off quickly safely and without any drama. Also, on the safety front, I have connected my shop vac to the unit so that the chips and dust get removed limiting the amount of debris that could be flung around by the bit itself. Speaking of router bits, this palm router takes a quarter-inch shank router bit. These are available from most hardware stores and online.