Working-Class Router Table
Easy-to-build table is about results, not appearances
Synopsis: With a good router table, a woodworker can cut joinery, raise panels, produce moldings, and even edge-joint boards. This one, built by woodworking teacher Marc Adams, has been tested under fire at his school for seven years and has remained accurate and strong. It’s also inexpensive, because it is built entirely of medium-density fiberboard (MDF). The MDF makes it heavy, durable, and stable, with a slick surface that’s perfect for routing. The base is solid, with two big shelves for bits and accessories, and an easy-access switch that turns on the router and a shop vacuum at the same time. The tall fence is perfect for attaching featherboards and supporting vertical work. Adams like this table so much, he’s built seven more of them for his students to use.
A router table is indispensable for a wide range of tasks. Armed with a big, solid fence, it can cut joinery, raise panels, produce moldings, and even edge-joint boards. Take off the fence and the table can be used for pattern routing. I designed and built this router table years go, when I needed something fast and simple. I always figured I’d replace it some day with something nicer. But nearly 30 years later, the original table is still in use at my school, and we have built seven more just like it. That’s because the materials are affordable, the joinery is straightforward, the table is accurate, and it has all the features we require.
First of all, it is large enough for all sorts of work and has a strong bracing underneath so it won’t sag. The base is heavy and solid, with two big shelves for storing bits and accessories. And a big switch, mounted on a front leg, turns on the router and…