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The American Woodworker Router Table

You won’t find this router table in any store or catalog.

by Dave Munkittric

This router table incorporates all the best features found in those store-bought systems at half the cost! At AW we’ve had the opportunity to study and use most of the router-table systems on the market. From that experience we’ve designed our own fully featured, easy-to-build router table. Commercial cabinet-based tables sell for $400 to $500; you can build ours for a little more than $200. You’ll save enough to buy yourself a new router!

 

Check Out These Great Features

 

The All-Important Fence

At the heart of any great router-table system lies a well-designed fence. This one offers all the desirable features that we’ve identified in our router table tool tests, including

• An easy-to-use, tool-free fence can be set and adjusted in an instant (Photo 1).

• Easy-to-make sacrificial subfences can be adjusted for any size bit or used to create zero-clearance openings (Photo 2). They’re easy to make from plain old 3/4-in.


 

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