The Ultimate Router Table
Cabinet-based unit devours dust and decibels and puts controls on the outside
Synopsis: The ultimate router table would be as convenient as a shaper or a tablesaw — all of the common tasks and adjustments are done from above or outside the unit. It would also have the dust-collecting ability and vibration-dampening mass of a cabinet-mounted tool. John White of Fine Woodworking designed and built a router table that does all that and it’s quiet to boot. He used a screw-driven mechanism to raise and lower the router and also attached a shopmade mounting block. Simple parts, smart function — detailed drawings and complete explanations on how to build your own are included in the article.
I have always been dissatisfied with the popular designs for router tables and the versions available on the market. In some way or another, they are all less convenient than standard woodworking machines. For one thing, you have to reach under the table a lot to adjust…