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In this video workshop, I’ll show you every step involved in building a dedicated router table designed to last as long as your workshop. This project’s straightforward construction will yield a super-stable cabinet with a fence that’s perfectly square and easy to adjust. Tune in to watch the series for a collection of useful tips and techniques.
I actually taught philosophy before I started working as an editor at Fine Woodworking. I built furniture as a hobby and I made my first project, a crib for my daughter, on a 2 ft. by 10 ft. apartment balcony. Then I met Joe Mazurek, a professional furniture maker in Camden, SC. He let me hang out in his shop and taught me almost everything I know about the craft.
Produced by: Ed Pirnik; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Michael Dobsevage
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August 7, 2012
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.
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,…
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.
Learn how to use strong, simple dowel joinery to construct a maple support structure for your router table's top.
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Learn how to build an accurate fence with specialized cam clamps for your router table.
Learn how to wire your router table for single-switch activation of both your router and dust collection.
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.
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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