Making the most of a small shop – PART 8
After months of planning and building, I have finally reached the last tool to be added to my All-In-One Woodworking Workstation. The router table.
Adding a router table to the bench would greatly increase its functionality and I probably should have added one sooner but I was holding out to make up my mind about the best router to use for the addition.
Shortly before making the final addition to the bench I made up my mind and bought myself the Triton MOF001. A router specifically designed for table mounting.
Installations already included in my All-In-One Woodworking Workstation:
- Table saw – PART 2
- Miter saw – PART 3
- Workbench with vice and power tool storage – PART 4
- Soundproof compressor enclosure – PART 5
- Rotate-to-store thickness planer – PART 6
- Central dust collection – PART 7
A simple way to add a router to a bench top is by using a commercially bought router insert base plate but I was on a tight budget so I opted to make my own. I would then need to simply make a cutout in the bench top for my “homemade” insert and then assemble an adjustable fence guide.
By using the Triton router I would have the added functionality of adjusting the cutter height from above the bench top by using the height adjustment winder supplied with the router.
PART 8 – Cheap DIY Router Table Added To All-In-One Bench
The instructions that follow are intended to be considered along with the video instructions provided above.
Step 1: The Insert
The first step in installing my router to my All-In-One Woodworking Workstation was making the table insert which I would be mounting the router to.
To do this I cut a 320mm(12-1/2″) circle from a piece of 10mm(25/64″) plexiglass using the circle jig supplied with my Triton router.
In the center of the round cut plexiglass, a cutout was made using a hole saw for the bit to protrude when the router is mounted upside down.
The router was then fixed to the circle cutout using counter sunk screws.
Step 2: The Top Cutouts
The next step was making the bench top cutout into which the insert will be installed.
To do this the router circle jig was used once again.
A circle was cut into the bench top to match the already prepared insert in size and depth.
After this, a second circle was cut all the way through the bench top but slightly smaller than the first.
This was to create a step that the insert would be fixed to.
With the insert prepped and its cutout made I needed to make further cutouts into which I would be installing store bought aluminium t-slots.
Two t-slots were installed for mounting an adjustable fence while a 3rd was installed at a 90° angle of the first two that would be used for feather boards and cutting jigs.
To make the cutouts a makeshift guide was used along with the depth restriction mechanism on my router.
Step 3: The Fence
All the cutouts were made and it was time to assemble a fence.
Using 18mm(23/32″) MDF I cut all the component that would make up my router fence.
I included a port to attach my dust collector and a t-slot that can be used for jigs and feather boards.
With the router installed my vision of an All-In-One Woodworking Workstation has been given life and though I still have big plans to make the most of my small workshop I think this bench was a great idea.