A Versatile Router Table
This economical design is capable of conventional, overhead, or horizontal routing
Synopsis: Having trouble finding a router table that meets all your needs? The author, a mechanical designer and machinist, sought one that mounts the router horizontally and uses an overhead pin routing guide, among other features, so he built one himself. Its a no-frills, inexpensive option that handles any cut he can think of making. The article also discusses useful accessories, including a vacuum-hose attachment.
From Fine Woodworking #169
Over the years I looked at a lot of router-table designs, but every one I came across lacked one feature or another. Shopmade router tables usually are limited to tabletop routing and fall short if you want to do anything more, like mount the router horizontally or use an overhead pin routing guide. The same is true for most store-bought tables.
My own router-table design combines all of the features I was after. The table I arrived at is easy to build,…