Router Mini Table

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Here's how simple a router table can be. Three pieces of plywood, a foot-square piece of acrylic, and less than a dozen screws.

It isn't big, but it's perfect for small work. And it supports a full-sized router, colleted for Winch-shank bits. The back has an extension that you trap in a vise to secure the table, while the sides rest on the workbench. This puts the work surface ahout 15 inches above workbench height, a good placement for small or close work.

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Mini Table
ROUTER MINI-TABLE AS SIMPLE AS IT GETS
Miniature Router Table Clamp

Here's art ideal table for routing small pieces. It stands on the workbench, so it is higher than the usual router table. Because it has a tail that clamps in the bench's vise, it is quick to set up and very steadying the arc. Have a helper trace along the bow on the plywood. Then cut with a saber saw or on rhe band saw.

CUTTING LIST

Piece

Number

Thickness

Width

Length

Material

Sides

2

5'/J"

15"

Fir plywood

Back

1

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8"

17"

Fir plywood

Top

1

12"

12"

Clear acrylic

Hardware

6 pes. #6 X 2" drywall screws

3 pes. #6 X Y*" flathcad wood screws

1. Cut the plywood parts to the sizes specified in the Cutting List. Lay out and cut the arcs in the side pieces. Mark points 1V* inches from the top and bottom edges. Flex a steel ruler, a scrap of plastic laminate, or a strip of thin stock and position it between the two marks so it connects them. form-

Here's art ideal table for routing small pieces. It stands on the workbench, so it is higher than the usual router table. Because it has a tail that clamps in the bench's vise, it is quick to set up and very steadying the arc. Have a helper trace along the bow on the plywood. Then cut with a saber saw or on rhe band saw.

2. Assemble the sides and back with glue and drywall screws. The assembly should be flush around the top edge.

3. Cut the acrylic to size, then position it atop the plywood assembly. Murk the locations of the three attachment screws. Set the stock baseplate from your router on the acrylic and transfer the locations of the mounting-screw holes. Carefully drill and countersink these holes.

4. Attach the top to the base with flathcad screws. Attach the router base to the top's underside, and install the motor. Set up the mini-router table, with the back extension trapped in the workbench vise. Chuck a straight bit in the collet, turn on the motor, and slowly advance the depth setting as the bit cuts a hole for itself in the acrylic top. (If you plan to use bits larger than a Winch straight bit in the little table, you can use a circle template to cut a large hole.)

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