When it comes to professional woodcutting having a router table is a must. Router is one of the most useful tools at disposal. Fast cutting speed and the ability to change cutters, to the multitude of different shapes and sizes available, makes it extraordinarily useful. It is even more versatile if you invert it at the router table.

So instead of passing the tool over the wood you are passing the wood over the tool, which means you can perform more delicate cuts. Generally, it gives you more control. If you haven’t inverted it, put your router in a good router table, it’s way easier for work. The best thing about building a custom made router table is that you can choose dimensions that you want and add any extensions to your liking.

So provided that you have all the tools required to perform this action you may continue to the first step in this guide.

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Step 1

The first thing that you will need to acquire is a good aluminum insert. You can buy it from any pallet store. Use an electric drill to make holes for the screws that will hold the router in an inverted position. To do this, you should remove the plastic base from the back of a router and secure it with a duct tape on the insert. This way you can mark the points where you need to drill holes for the screws. 

Aluminum Insert

To avoid any mistakes, punch a small hole in the center of the designated place for the whole, so the drill locks easily. Start drilling slowly and increase the speed as the whole expands.

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Step 2

router table top

The router table can be built from various materials, but for the best results, you should use a kitchen worktop. Basically, it’s a 40 millimeters laminated top. To make sure that the surface is absolutely flat because obviously, this is the most important thing for the router table, you can use an optical flat or similar tool. 

Once you’ve made sure that it’s flat, you need to cut out a square shaped space for the router table insert to sit in.

Use the same principle from the first step to mark and center the aluminum insert and remember to make sure that it is 100 percent on the spot. Once you start cutting there is no going back and one small mistake can make the whole surface useless. Drill the corner holes to secure the insert to the kitchen worktop and you’re done with this step.

top aluminum insert
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Step 3

Now that you’ve built the base of the router table, you can continue and make drawers that will prove to be quite useful for storing other tools underneath your table. Use plywood and create a square-shaped box that will hold the drawers. Alternatively, you can make the base for the drawer compartment in an octagon shape to have more drawers coming from all sides.

router table drawers

The downside of an octagon or a hexagon shaped drawer compartment is that it requires having a triangle shaped drawers in order for them to fit in. But to make things simple stick to a basic square shape and add levels for more drawers rather than changing the shape.

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Step 4

For the legs, you should use solid wood like oak or walnut. When you buy wood planks from a store, the end won’t be perfectly flat so use the optical flat again and mark a flat line before cutting. Once you do this with all four legs or more, assemble them and connect with the drawer compartment box.

table legs

You‘re almost done now, and all you need to do is add wheels for the legs and additional accessories like a tool rack on the side of a table. Another advice for cutting legs for the router table is to make them just half meter longer than the drawer compartment box height.

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Step 5

Wheels on legs are absolutely optional, but the do come handy when you need to move your router table to another side of your garage or workshop. When buying wheels, look for hard silicone wheels with quality bearings.

Wheels on legs of router table

This may not sound important, but humid weather affects the bearings, and the last thing that you want is to have corroded bearings on your router table wheels. Attach the wheels to the bottom of legs and don’t forget to add brakes to secure and prevent any movement. Add a layer of rubber on the brakes so that they can grip on almost any surface.

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Step 6

Accessories like a tool rack, hooks for cables from drills and other heavier tools will be quite useful. They will also improve and bring your performance to a higher level. As you probably already know, different types of tools are required when performing on a router table.

Switching from an electric drill to any other tool is often seen in woodcutting business so why not make it easy and create a tool rack on the side of the table. They provide easy access to your toolset so that you can perform basic actions much faster.

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Step 7

The last step is painting. There is nothing worse than vacuuming the sawdust from the entire surface of the router table. The important thing to keep in mind when picking a color is to choose a type of paint that is resilient so that the sawdust or any other waste from material doesn’t stick.

Last step

Alternatively, if you can’t find this type of paint, you can spray a layer of protective coat that is usually transparent. This way it won’t affect the color that your choose for your router table. Wait for the first layer to dry before applying the second one. If the paint is still wet when you apply the protective layer, it won’t be most effective so make sure you remember this when painting.

Now that you’ve created your own router table you can step back and take a moment to admire this piece of work that you’ve built with your own two hands. For more information on how to build a simple router table you can visit this page.