Inexpensive Router Table (safe & accurate) DIY

Hello Internet. I'm at Matt Haas… this is Awesome
Wood Things. I recently purchased this very large and very scary one inch
roundover bit. You cannot use something this size freehand so I needed a router
table. Rather than buy a very expensive router table and they are very expensive,
I built my own on the cheap now just Now just because this didn't cost much doesn't
mean it isn't accurate and it doesn't mean it isn't safe. It will not tip over,
it will not move when you're using it you can clamp it to the desk and it is
dead level and this Kreg router plate is dialed in perfectly… the wood will not
get hung up when you're moving it past the router bit. Stick around I'll show
you how to make this yourself.

I start with a piece of 3/4 inch MDF. This
material is incredibly flat. I also cut down to size a quarter inch piece of MDF
with white laminate already on one side. These two pieces will make the surface
of the router table and here I'm applying some contact cement. You'll apply this to both sides and let it dry completely and the instructions
say to go around the outside an additional time. Here's how you apply the
two pieces… you have to put those sticks in the way because they will bond

Downward pressure is all it takes. I deliberately cut that top piece
larger because when you apply those two surfaces you don't get a second chance. A router with a flush trim bit cleans everything up really nicely. This 2 x 3
lumber is from my neighbor's shed he let me have whatever I wanted I ripped a
whole bunch of nails out and as you can see they are warped and bowed so I
decided to clean them up. Now two surfaces are at 90 degrees and you can
see just how bad it's off. The table saw does the rest of the work …

And now I've got clean-looking lumber
totally optional but I wanted to do it that way. Here's the router plate.
I bought the version where you drill your own holes to attach the router. I
won't do that on camera just follow the instructions is pretty easy. Here, I'm
making a template because I'm going to use the router next…

That's right, you
have to use a router to make a router table… ha ha. The goal here is to remove just a
little more material than the thickness of the router plate the router bit I'm
using has a bearing that rides along the template. What I'm making here is a ledge
so that center piece will be cut away just revealing the lip around the inside. Here I'm preparing to use the jigsaw and
I'll just remove that centerpiece…

Kind of overshot it there the first time but
that's okay. Centerpiece comes out… and there's that
ledge… fits in there pretty good. I added some screws so you can dial in
the height of the router plate and get it perfect with the table surface. Oh
yeah… perfect! These pieces of plywood will give
additional strength to the router plate ensuring it stays exactly where it's
supposed to… each corner of the router plate is attached to the table surface
with screws and you can see the screw holes are way too close to the edge I
wanted more material for the bolt to grab onto. The glue is probably not
necessary but I used it anyway and then I drill out the holes and this is now
ready for the router plate to be installed.

… but first I work on a frame for the
tabletop. Here I'm drilling some holes for some screws and my screws were a
little too short so that's why I use the Forstner bit just to get them a little
bit deeper. Add glue to one side… I clamp it good and then I drive the screws. This
will add extra rigidity making sure the table surface stays dead flat… forever!
The legs are cut at a 5 degree angle and I use two powerful magnets to mark the
location to make sure they're all the same size and then it's on to attaching
the legs. I drill some holes add some wood glue and attach them with screws. I had this laying around my shop I had
glued two pieces of plywood together for a different project that I decided not to
make and thought they'd be great for the feet. They're a little bit longer than
the legs on purpose that will prevent the table from tipping over and they're
meant to be clamped to a table surface.

Here's how the router plate gets
installed and the final step is to add additional support beams to give the
table surface additional rigidity. and it's done!
I just love building indestructible accurate items that will last forever!
Please give this video a like! I strongly recommend using a power strip to turn
the router on and off… mount it on the legs facing away from the front so you
don't accidentally turn on the router the fence will be a large piece of scrap
lumber that's been milled flat I know that looks ugly but rest assured it is
very accurate just clamp it to the table. Some optional things you might want to
do is add a t-track to the table surface so you can use feather boards.
This table will do 90% of everything I need done on a router table, however, I
will one day purchase the floor standing Kreg router table it has a better fence
system with some features that I will occasionally use I plan to have both
these tables in use in my shop the one I made will probably be a pattern routing

This table it will last a lifetime and be super accurate the entire time.
Thanks Internet!.

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