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The Ultimate Router Table

author-gravatar Sean Aug 02, 2019

In today's build video I’m going to show you how to build the ultimate router table. It features plenty of storage with 2 deep drawers, a couple of slide-out trays with space under them for more of your router gear. The cast iron top is a beast and the router lift with its two-speed lift mechanism is going to dial in your cuts perfectly and the fence has the features to keep your shop clean and router cutting straight.

To make this cabinet I used one full sheet of 3/4” cherry plywood, a small portion of 3/4” baltic birch for the drawer boxes and a small portion of 1/4” baltic birch for the drawer bottoms. But 90% of the build will be the one full sheet of cherry ply. The cast iron top, pro router lift, and pro fence were provided to me by Rockler Woodworking.

Products Used: (Affiliate links below help support this channel)

Rockler pro lift https://amzn.to/2YC6ZBu (make sure your lift fits your router table!)
Rockler pro fence https://amzn.to/338xPEY
Rockler cast iron top http://bit.ly/319MVbp
Rockler right angle clamps https://amzn.to/2Yg7sho
Rockler hinge location jig it https://www.rockler.com/jig-it-hinge-plate-template-a
Right angle clamp accessories https://amzn.to/2YEMZyj
Casters https://amzn.to/2Ki88ZX
Armor Tool pocket hole jig https://amzn.to/2Kb59n3
Pocket hole screws for 3/4 plywood https://amzn.to/2Yjp10g
Fastcap flush-cut trimmers https://amzn.to/2yyzw0a
edge trimmer https://amzn.to/31eGOmm (not the best solution as I do often get tear out)
ink roller or the fast cap roller https://amzn.to/2YlrIhU
edge banding https://amzn.to/3374ZEM
Makita track saw https://amzn.to/2YI72Mo
Festool sander https://amzn.to/338x6mW
Bosch drill https://amzn.to/2ZtswNW
Countersink bit https://amzn.to/2yxT2dk (expensive but so worth it!)

Drawer slides https://amzn.to/2YAo1Qn (These aren't the exact ones I used, but very similar and should work just fine)
Middle Door Hinges https://www.woodworkerexpress.com/blum-110deg-clip-top-hinge-half-overlay-screw-on.html
Zero Protrusion Hinges: https://www.cshardware.com/b-71t7550.html
Hinge Mounting Plate https://www.woodworkerexpress.com/blum-0mm-cam-adj-wing-wood-screw-plate.html (works for both hinge types)
Plexiglass https://amzn.to/2yv4Qgf
Stainpad https://amzn.to/2Ynnczm
Wipe on poly satin https://amzn.to/335qjKV
Grommet https://amzn.to/2YjpqQk
Flange DC Part https://amzn.to/2Yg7HZQ
Y-Fitting DC Part https://amzn.to/2LVVnHK
2.5" Hose Clamp https://amzn.to/2Kih3KQ
2.5" Hose https://amzn.to/2ZqbYq5
Kreg hardware jig https://amzn.to/2YGs25P
Kreg Hinge Jig https://amzn.to/315MLlg
Kreg Face Clamp https://amzn.to/2KcSW1r
Shims https://amzn.to/2KepNmC

#woodworking #routertable #routercabinet #howtomakearoutertable

Photo of The Ultimate Router Table
Photo of The Ultimate Router Table
Photo of The Ultimate Router Table
Photo of The Ultimate Router Table

6 comments

You mentioned a few sketchup plan. Is that still available? Excellent work! Thanks.

Beautifully done great design.

Where do we find the SketchUp plans?

Are the SketchUp plans going to be made available?

Since no plans seemed to be forthcoming, I made my own.

I had to guess at various dimensions, and didn't attempt to make it identical to what was shown in the video, but I think it's a decent approximation.

The Sketchup plans are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zfdrqipzzmjz5wr/AACRq4jWTOja505DbeL-0PhBa?dl=0 as a .dwg file.

Love to hear what you all think, but especially Sean, if you're listening!

@rmfuhrer  said:

Are the SketchUp plans going to be made available?

I should mention one particular departure in my design from what Sean seemed to have done: I made the bottom extend the full width of the cabinet, and set the sides into rabbets cut into the bottom. Somehow that seems more robust than using pocket-hole screws to fasten the bottom into the sides, given all the weight that the sides are bearing. (I too designed this for the Rockler cast-iron top, which is a beast.) But I'm a bit of a cabinet-making noob, so maybe there's some other down-side of doing it this way that I'm not aware of.

Also, one other caveat: I haven't started actually building this yet, so take it all with a grain of salt. :)

@rmfuhrer  said:

Since no plans seemed to be forthcoming, I made my own.

I had to guess at various dimensions, and didn't attempt to make it identical to what was shown in the video, but I think it's a decent approximation.

The Sketchup plans are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zfdrqipzzmjz5wr/AACRq4jWTOja505DbeL-0PhBa?dl=0 as a .dwg file.

Love to hear what you all think, but especially Sean, if you're listening!

@rmfuhrer  said:

Are the SketchUp plans going to be made available?

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