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  • Shop-Made Router Lift

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Shop-Made Router Lift Features you can't buy at a price you won't believe. By Bruce Kieffer and Richard Tendick Router lifts are hot items these days and for good reason. Veteran router table users love their ability to make super-fine micro adjustments...
  • Mobile Router Center

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Mobile Router Center This rolling router center has onboard storage for all your router components, folds into a tidy package, serves as an extra work surface and rolls out of the way when you're done! By George Vondriska A router table is one of...
  • Next-Generation Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 24, 2010
    Next-Generation Router Table Make more accurate cuts with a flat, solid-surface top. By John English 9 Key Features 1. Hinged Top. Bit changes are much easier. 2. Pivot Control. Just loosen the fence’s left side for quick micro-adjustment. 3. Tall...
  • Cabinetmaker's Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Cabinetmaker's Router Table You won't find this router table in any store or catalog. By Dave Munkittric You won't find this router table in any store or catalog. But, it incorporates all the best features found in those store-bought systems...
  • Flattening End Grain with a Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    My favorite woodworking projects are clocks—big ones or little ones. If it ticks, I’ll make it. My latest venture provided me with the challenge of flattening the face of some log sections that I wanted to make into clocks. Belt sanding was...
  • $100 Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 4, 2011
    $100 Router Table As easy to use as it is to build. By Bill Hylton Sometimes, less really is more. Take router tables for instance. It's not at all difficult to ring up a big tab for a manufactured router table, complete with a new router, loaded...
  • Simple Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Simple Router Table By Doug Stowe While many woodworkers spend weekends making stationary router tables, mine have always been very simple, driven by expediency, and the desire to get other things done. My first was just a router base screwed to the...
  • Router Table Jointer Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Router Table Jointer Fence Edge joint long stock, thick stock, wide stock or man-made materials with this easy-to-build fence. By Rick McKee Is your shop too small to even think about squeezing in a jointer? Then do we have a project for you! And even...
  • Next-Generation Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 16, 2011
    Next-Generation Router Table Make more accurate cuts with a flat, solid-surface top. By John English This router table took thirty years to build. No kidding. I don’t mean that it took me thirty years to actually make it, but it took me that long...
  • Feature-Filled Router Table Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    Feature-Filled Router Table Fence This $50 fence can make your router table sing! By George Vondriska You can build this completely tricked-out router table fence in an afternoon for about 50 bucks, using easily available parts.Here’s what you get...
  • AW Extra 2/7/13 - Mobile Router Center

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 5, 2013
    Mobile Router Center This rolling router center has onboard storage for all your router components, folds into a tidy package, serves as an extra work surface and rolls out of the way when you're done! By George Vondriska Use It! Click any image to...
  • Rigid Routing Sled

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Rigid Routing Sled A routing sled is a great help when coping the ends of rails and stiles. But I had a problem when I built my first sled. The pressure from the toggle clamp caused the 1/4-in.-thick sled base to deflect, which messed up the alignment...
  • Perfect Holes for Router-Bit Tray

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 10, 2009
    I decided to organize my router bits by making a tray from a scrap block of wood. But I soon discovered that my 1/2-in. shank bits wouldn’t fit into 1/2-in.-dia. holes—the holes needed to be slightly larger. Unfortunately, I didn’t have...
  • Versatile Router-Bit Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 26, 2009
    When it comes to router-bit storage, I could write a book. I’ve tried everything, but I think my latest design is a keeper. I prefer to keep my bits protected in a drawer. At first, I just drilled some holes in a block of MDF and set that into the...