I have lived with a router mounted in the right wing of my tablesaw for years.
I wasnít happy with the flex of the plate, the unevenness of the surface and the inaccuracy of my home-built fence. I finally got the urge to build a dedicated router table so I did some research on the important bits and pieces and completed it over the course of two weekends.
It starts with this router table top from Woodpeckers. Wayne Kovsky, the organizer of the Colorado Software Summit,
gave me an extra top he had. Thanks Wayne!
The heart is this 3 1/4 horsepower beast of a router from Porter Cable. This thing will be able to handle any bit I can fit ito it.
The bit height is precisely controlled by the Mast-R-Lift by JessEm. Itís beautifully engineered and each quarter-turn of the crank raises or lowers the bit
1/64th of an inch.
The last component of the table is this cabinetmaker fence from Jointech. The unique part of this fence is the clicher fence machine that uses templates to make many different types of joints. It can do equally- and variably-spaced through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, box joints and ďdoubleĒ of each of these joints. There are over 60 templates provided with the fence.
Ok, so on to the table. I made it from 3 sheets of cheap birch plywood from Home Depot. I patterend the design after Normís deluxe router table, but
I had to turn it sideways due to the orientation of the fence mechanism.
All of the pieces are dadoed, glued and screwed. On the left are the raw pieces cut to size and on the right the back piece, with all of the dado slots.