How to build a router table

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How to build a router tableby wpjljron.How to build a router tableStep by step guide to building a router table using a kitchen worktop off cut and proprietary aluminium insert.

Step by step guide to building a router table using a kitchen worktop off cut and proprietary aluminium insert.


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23 Responses

  1. BrushCountryJamboree11 December, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I have laser cut templates for doing the inside ( Center removal) & outside
    cuts ( Plate location) which nest inside each other which are made from

  2. david king11 December, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    do you happen to know where you got the insert from?

  3. freedomofabird6 December, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Brilliant and informative, thanks Chris.

  4. bigpicturesstudio3 December, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    very smart Chris, thanks for that!

  5. Vladimir Petrov23 November, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Hello Chris
    That’s a great design, I am planning to build the same table for my router.
    Would you be able to tell me the model/make and where you bought the
    aluminium table plate insert from please?

  6. johnlopez12317 November, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Why do you have an insert on a hinged table? the purpose of having an
    insert is to easily remove the router and bit from a fixed table, in your
    case that is not necessary.

  7. chefgiovanni27 October, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Very cool, thank you.

  8. WV5919 October, 2013 at 2:16 am

    DW625 is the most ballanced router ever designed bar none. although I
    prefer the 1st generation. All you need now is Router Raizer Kit RZ-100. I
    have one of these on mine and it completes this router in a table.

  9. markwynn0112 September, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Man that’s incredible!

  10. Silverfox07865 September, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    your right the standard sizes are 6, 9, 12, 18, 24mm for MDF but I found
    10mm a bit expensive but worth it as its also black so will look nice as a
    table top aswell (Wel Building Supplies) Worst case scenario is I buy 6mm
    MDF and the 6mm plate and yes your right thicker lamination might be a
    better thing to do. only reason to choose 10 and 18mm was the Axminster MDF
    table is 30mm and mine would have ended up 28mm so only 2mm off

  11. Silverfox07865 September, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    luckily I found on youtube a review and how to assemble guide of the
    Axminster Router table and that also showed a step by step guide of how to
    install and adjust the plate and yes it has 6 adjuster lugs and then the 2
    centre install screws

  12. Christopher Tribe5 September, 2013 at 6:45 am

    By the way, It may be worth laminating the 10mm onto something a bit more
    chunky like 25mm if you can get it or laminating up some thinner stuff, as
    long as it says flat. Chris

  13. Christopher Tribe5 September, 2013 at 6:32 am

    That sounds like a good plan. Round here its difficult to find 10mm mdf,
    its 9mm or 12mm. If you find 10mm you’d need to check that it is not a tad
    under 10 ‘cos then you will have trouble dropping the plate in level.
    Axminster do not supply enough info but from the catalogue picture it looks
    like there are adjusting screws at the corners and fixing holes on the
    centre line. You could ring their technical people to ask what the
    adjustment is, they are usually very helpful. Chris

  14. Silverfox07864 September, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks Chris for the reply My plan is to use 10mm MDF cut through and then
    laminated to another piece of 18mm MDF that way I get a nice Face Side to
    sit the plate on only concern is the plate you used has the screw holes for
    clamping the plate down and then also the magnet holes for adjustment
    hopefully with good Face sides I may not need adjustment, but its still
    good to have them the UJK plates look like adjustment is don’t from bellow
    with the screws pushing up against the actual plate itself

  15. Christopher Tribe4 September, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Hi I’ve contacted Axminster and find that they do not now stock the insert
    I used in the vid. I checked with them and they say that the UJK insert
    does have adjusters, but are not supplied with the magnetic pads. If you
    are fitting the insert into a kitchen worktop you will need some sort of
    metal pad for the screw to bear against. You could buy some rare earth
    magnets for this. I get mine from first4magnets com , 8 or 10mm will do. I
    find these little magnets come in really useful generally.

  16. Silverfox07864 September, 2013 at 1:03 am

    i looked at Axminster and can only see an orange UJK plate I am considering
    the 10mm one but its very different to what you have used and im not sure
    if it has the magnet adjustment on it as I can only see single holes. can
    you advise if I would be ok with that one Thanks

  17. pkbjorn3515 August, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Great vid. Greetings from norway.

  18. Wagner Rodrigo23 June, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Great work, scribing and drilling reaming perfect my congratulations.

  19. Christopher Tribe16 February, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Nick The aluminium insert is from a company in the UK, Axminster Power
    Tool Centre.

  20. Christopher Tribe16 February, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Hi, I know what you mean, but in a professional environment you have to use
    power tools and also many people coming on my courses want to know how to
    use them. I try in my courses to strike a balance between hand and machine
    work. Today I’ve been teaching a beginnners course and we’ve been planing.
    There’s nothing quite like the sound of a sharp well set up plane on
    hardwood. I’ve even rhapsodised about it on the BBC!

  21. nickluke200616 February, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    great video, where did you purchase the aluminium plate?

  22. mwilson7020111 February, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Nice router table. Seeing power tools used reminds me of why I watch your
    videos, thank God your emphasis is primarily on hand tools. After 30 years
    as a trim carpenter I’ve come to prefer the whoosh of a hand plane to the
    whine of a power tool. Still love the larger shop machines but power tools
    are hard to take.

  23. Christopher Tribe11 February, 2013 at 6:14 am

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