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Floor Standing Router Table

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A floor standing router table offers two advantages over smaller router tables that you can mount on your bench. Aside from the fact that it doesn't take up space on the bench, it gives you storage drawers to keep your bits, routers, and related accessories.

The basic carcass construction on this router table uses dowel joinery. The drawers, as shown here, are joined with dovetails, but as well the alternative of a simple locking groove joint is shown.

Cut out list Floor Standing Router Table

4- 3/4 x 2 x 36-1/4 vertical posts
6- 3/4 x 2 x 16 side rails
12- 3/4 x 2 x 18-1/2 front and rear rails, and front and rear drawer frame rails
6- 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 17 drawer frame runners
2- 1/4 x 16-1/2 x 17-3/4 side plywood
1- 1/4 x 19 x 19 plywood carcass top
2- 1/2 (or 3/4) x 5 x 18-3/8 drawer front and rear
2- 1/2 (or 3/4) x 5 x 19 drawer sides
2- 1/2 (or 3/4) x 10 x 18-3/8 drawer front and rear
2- 1/2 (or 3/4) x 10 x 19 drawer sides
2- 1/4 x 17-7/8 x 18-1/2 plywood drawer bottoms
2- 1/2 x 2 x 18-3/4 drawer guides
2- 1/2 x 1 x 17 drawer guides
1- 3/4 x 3/4 x 28 particleboard top
4- 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 30 border

Resources for building a Floor Standing Router Table

Casters |  Router Bits |  Drill Bits |  Hand Drills |  Dowel Jigs and dowels |  Chisels |  Clamps |  Dado Sets |  Drill Presses |  Glues |  Measuring Tools |  Miter Gauges |  Routers |  Sanders |  Table Saws

Begin by getting out your stock, looking for very straight pieces for the drawer frame components. Since these pieces hold the drawers and guide them as they slide in and out, bowed parts will cause the drawers to bind. However, if the side frame parts are slightly bowed you will straighten them up when the carcass gets glued up. You should, however, be able to guarantee that all edges are straight with a straightedge jig at the table saw or a jointer.

Self-Centering Dowel Jig Kit

Porter Cable 12 Volt Battery Drill
Factory reconditioned- lower price on a good tool.

Brad Point Bits
Buy a set of 7 or individual bits.

Delta 12" Drill Press

6" Carbide Dado Set
Economical Freud dado set.

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Photo 1- Use a dowel jig to bore holes for dowels that join the rails to the vertical posts, as well as for joining the drawer frames to the vertical posts.

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Bore the side frame components for 3/8" diameter dowels. Be sure to locate the dowel holes away from the panel groove in the bottom and mid rails. Locate dowel hole centers at 5/8" and 1-1/4" from the bottom of the bottom rail, and the same distances from the top of the mid rail. On the top rails, locate them at 1/2" and 1-1/2" from the top. Carefully mark out the parts before boring. Use a dowel jig as in photo 1 to bore the holes. 3/8" dowel pins purchased in hardware stores are commonly 2" long, so bore just over 1" deep into both the rail ends and post edges.

Next bore the inside faces of the posts for the carcass rails as well as the drawer frames. For this you'll need a dowel jig capable of reaching across a 2" width, which some won't do. You can also set up on the drill press for these holes. Center the holes for the drawer frames along the width of the posts, and locate those for the carcass rails at 3/8" from the edge. Set the heights of the holes for the carcass rails so that they will be at 1/2" from the edges of the rails themselves. Bore these holes at about 9/16" deep.

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Cut out plywood panels for these frames at the given dimensions. Make a groove along the inside edges of the frame parts for the plywood at the table saw. Use a dado, or make multiple cuts with your combination blade, with the depth of cut set at 1/4". Stop the cuts along the edges of the posts so that they do not extend above the enclosed lower section of the cabinet. Mark the posts so that you can see where to stop the cut as it is made on the table saw, and mark the table saw so you know where the front of the blade is. Push the part into the cut and when you see that you have pushed far enough, lift the part off the saw. Keep your fingers away from the blade area.

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For table saws, click here.

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