One of the power tools that we are going to get more out of in the home woodworking shop is the plunge router. And once we realize of all that can be made using it we still discover the advantages of having a router table or a small shaper for woodworking. And then we think: “how is it that that I did not discover this power tool before” (nothing to say if you already have a lot of experience as a woodworker). In this page you will see how I make a homemade router table, or at least you will see all the projects I made to make mine, from the table structure to the side fence, and also my lifting system for the router bit.
Maybe this is not as precise as a router table that we can buy, but this homemade router table gives me pretty good results. But note that, with this homemade woodworking machine, sometimes we can’t get the router bit up to the right height, so be sure to take a look at the CMT router collect chuck extensions (Now, after using those extensions for a while I am not very happy with them). In addition, these router table machines generate a lot of sawdust that will make the woodworking shop very dirty, and what is worse the dust in the air can harm our health, so do not neglect the vacuum system.
On my YouTube channel you can watch how to make another homemade router table model, and I hope to write the post about that homemade woodworking machine soon. As soon as I write it, it will also appear on this page. But in the meantime I embed here the video.
It is an easier woodworking machine to make, with a much simpler router lift system, and a pivoting fence that I find it is very simple to make but effective.
In addition, to make things easier, I use the wooden structure of a round stretcher table. Although this has the disadvantage that it has little weight, so it is necessary to put some weight to it, or I can anchor the structure of the router table so that it does not move while routing wood.