The day after tomorrow is Independence Day, and there’s nothing more independent than building out your own workshop. Workshop projects are a double bonus because you save money by building fixtures yourself, and then you save money and gain independence while using them.
I started digging into our magazine archives and found a number of articles on building your own router table. Now, that’s nothing special because all woodworking magazines do router table plans. If anything, the fact that Popular Woodworking Magazine has not published a router table plan for over four years makes us a little different. But these ones I found are actually really cool. They are all high-quality designs and quite creative. Especially if you’re a beginner who is just now building out your shop, I think you’ll find these very helpful.
All four of these designs are available in our store as part of the magazine issues in which they originally appeared. Just click on the image to buy a copy. You might want to mix and match different design aspects to create your own unique router table.
And speaking of no-nonsense designs for your workshop, there is one more router table and 23 other projects in our new book from Danny Proulx, “Practical Woodshop Projects.” Danny was famous for his stripped-down approach. That approach is perfectly suited to shop jobs. You don’t need fancy, just solid and functional! The router table in this book is a lot like the one that Norm Abram made famous, with drawers for your bits.
Celebrate your independence by spending a lot of time in your shop this weekend and making it that much easier to use!