A router table is a specific sort of table in which a suitable hand-held router may be attached to the bottom of the tabletop upside down. The router cutter, also referred to as a bit, will emerge through a hole in the table’s surface. The material is then pushed along the table, cutting or shaping it against the rotating cutter. Router tables come with a variety of attachments to help with numerous cutting and shaping operations, as well as to expand your router’s versatility. To make your own router table is not a tedious task. Here is a DIY step-by-step guide to follow and make a router table for yourself. Before getting to know how to build a router table at home, make sure you have all the tools and materials ready with you.
Tools Required Building a Homemade Router Table
- Countersink drill bit
- Hearing protection
- Extension cord
- Corded drill
- Shop vacuum
- Drill bit set
- Safety glasses
- Table saw
- Tape measure
- Dust maskOne-handed bar clamps
Materials required to build your own router tables are,
- Screws (As per the size of your choice)
- Washer-head screws
- Safety power tool switch
- Polyurethane finish
- Contact cement
- Wood glue
- Nail-on furniture glides
How to Build a Router Table? – Step-by-Step Guide
There are many DIY router table plans available. One of the simple plans to build routing table is as follows
- Draft a design for the router table with the measurements suited to your needs.
- The router is supposed to be placed, mounting hole; its position and size can vary depending on your router.
- Cut the top of the table to your desired size from the plywood. Then, cut out holes for mounting the router.
- Cut out slots for the movable fence and center punch all the holes and ends of slots. And make sure to pilot drill all holes.
- Drill holes for mounting the router. (The measurement can vary). Next, drill out holes for the router spindle and ends of slots. (The measurement and size of the holes may vary)
- Once done, using sandpaper, smooth out all the edges. For the legs of the table, cut out the desired length from the wood. Make sure to replicate the other three legs so that the table remains balanced throughout.
- Sand the edges to smoothen out any rough edges. Next, screw or glue the legs to the tabletop.
- Test fit all the pieces and trim if necessary. Now, mount the switch box to the front using nails and run the wire from the switch box to the outlet box.
- Screw the outlet box and switch box into their places and cover them.
- Lastly, look for any loose ends and immediately glue them. Please wait for it to dry, and your router table is ready!
Advantages of Making a Router Table
- Storage Facilities: All of your router and accessories may be kept in one place thanks to a large, deep drawer.
- Adjustable Fence: You may change the aperture to 3 inches wide with the sliding fence faces. The fence is held in place by a pair of clamps—simple, fast, and dependable.
- Super Reliable Top: A rock-solid tabletop with just the right thickness is something you would want. It will never warp, sag, or flex whatever you throw at it.
- Provides a Tough Workspace: Wood is surprisingly abrasive, causing finishes and other surfaces to wear away. However, the router table’s laminate top and fence face will remain smooth and slippery for years. However, lamination is optional.
- Solid and Easy to Move: Thanks to the hard plastic furniture glide, this router table can be effortlessly dragged around the floor. Unlike casters, though, the glides will not wobble or cost a fortune.
- Switch for Safety!: The exterior switch allows you to turn on your router without opening a cabinet door. You may even shut it off with your knee when performing halted cuts, leaving both hands free to handle the workpiece. You may use the switch on the router instead of the switch.
Working on the router may take multiple days, but all your efforts will be worth it in the end. It is simple, but it would require patience and precision. However, the table can withstand years of use, and if built properly, it can give a tight competition to the high-end manufacturers of router tables. If you have a good knowledge on using a router table properly, it makes building easy on your own.