Build a Router Table

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Introduction: Build a Router Table

Fine Woodworking senior editor Matt Kenney premieres his latest Video Workshop project: a stand-alone router table with integrated dust collection, a dead-accurate fence, and a super-smooth top.

Episode One: Build the Base Cabinet

Construction of the router table begins with a rigid base built from MDF and hard maple ribs. With the base built, learn how to construct a simple cabinet of MDF, perfect for the storage of your routers, bits, and wrenches.

Episode Two: Build the Drawers

Learn how to build simple MDF drawers with false fronts and full-extension drawer slides, and outfit your new router table with plenty of storage space.

Episode Three: Tabletop Support Structure

Learn how to use strong, simple dowel joinery to construct a maple support structure for your router table's top.

Episode Four: Build the Top

Learn how to build a smooth laminate top for your router table.

Episode Five: Build the Fence

Learn how to build an accurate fence with specialized cam clamps for your router table.

Episode Six: Basic Wiring

Learn how to wire your router table for single-switch activation of both your router and dust collection.

Episode Seven: Basic Techniques

Learn a whole host of basic router table techniques, including how to accurately set bit height, making zero-clearance fence inserts, and how to tackle tricky end grain routing.

Episode Eight: Advanced Techniques

Amp up your router table skills with advanced lessons on routing curved drawer fronts and how to build a super-safe bit guard.

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