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    I built the router table that is featured in Febuary's American Woodworker magazine. It only took me a weekend to build and cost me $275 Canadian for all the materials and hardware, and I have a bunch of MDF left over. It works very well. Having T-track embedded in the table and fence makes attaching accesories a snap. The dust collection is also very effective. Its not quite as fancy as Norm's router station, but I would imagine its far cheaper to build. All the important functionality is there though. Having built in drawers for bit storage is nice, but not necessary. I put some tray's on the inside of the doors with holes drilled for bits and that works fine for me.

  • #2
    That article did look like it would make a nice router table. I'm glad to hear it worked out as well as it looked in the magazine.


    • #3
      Jeff, thanks for posting this. I've been thinking about building that same table. It looked really slick, and I'm glad it turned out that way for you. I was thinking about using cabinet grade ply for the cabinet, but still using the MDF for the top. Also since, as in all magazine articles there are a few blanks left unfilled, they didn't go into much detail about why the two top pieces needed to be glued together in an offset, I'm left scratching my head a little, about that particular detail. What can you tell me on the ply vs. mdf as well as the offset issue?
      Thanks, Shane


      • #4
        I built the table featured a year or so ago in Woodsmith. It is fancier but still easy to build and the portable top makes it very versatile and portable. I also use the bottom part to hold my Rigid sanding station. The fence was particularly well done as well as the dust collection.