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,…