Build this portable DIY 𝗥𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗙𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲, Circle Cutting JIG, and Miter Gauge slot ideal for small woodworking spaces under $25!
Welcome back to the Cuban Redneck DIY Channel. In this video, I am going to build a new version of my portable router table. We will be adding several features and upgrade to the current design on this build, including an adjustable fence, an adjustable circle cutting jig, and a miter gauge slot that will allow us to push material with precision through the router.
I came up with this design more than 25 years ago while maintaining our commercial fishing boat. During the off-season, it is customary to take the boat out of the water for maintenance. Most of the affordable boatyards don't have any amenities, including power. That means you have to bring your compressor, generator, pressure washer, whatever tool you needed. That means that a full-size router table was out of the question. This is not the first portable router table with a fence that I build, so I had a vision for what I wanted. Some of the features I want to incorporate are an adjustable table with at least 6-7 inches of adjustment, a circle cutting jug that is also adjustable, and include the miter gauge that came with the General Internation saw, one I never use. My original budget was $15, and a year ago, that would not have been an issue, but with the recent surge in wood prices at Lowe's and Home Depot, the router table's final cost was just under $25. And yes, I consider buying the ready-made router table at Harbor Freight Tool but not only the price but the size. And don't get me wrong, I think that Harbor Freight router table is pretty nice, and costing about 33% of the Kreg router table is an absolute bargain, but still, $115 is $115. Another issue is that except for the Kreg router table, almost the other ones found at Home Depot, Lowe's, and even AMAZON are tiny. This router table is very flexible since it seats on top of a sawhorse, and you can also make an X bracket so that it can be a benchtop model. And it doesn't matter if you have a Bosch, DeWalt, Ryobi, or Craftsman. This router table will work!
𝐃𝐈𝐘 𝐑𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐅𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐂𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐂𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐉𝐈𝐆, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐆𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐞
The material list is not only short but straightforward, one sheet, two feet by four feet of ¾ inch MDF (Whish I had HOME DEPOT rip in two), one 2X3 by 8-feet framing stud, one ½ inch by .125 (36 inches long) flat aluminum bar, and one 1.250 aluminum treaded post screw. I also used two 2-inch ¼-20 bolts, with fender washers and wing nuts which I already have, but if you needed to buy them, it should not cost you more than a couple of bucks.
The wood I purchase at Home Depot since Lowe's MDF stock is super limited and way overpriced. However, the aluminum bar and the aluminum treaded post screws I bought at Lowe's just because Home Depot didn't have them!
𝐃𝐈𝐘 𝐑𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐁𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝
The DIY router table build starts with one-half of the MDF sheet. I had Home Depot rip the 2X4 because I figured their track saw would yield a better square-cut than my circular saw guide. I used scrap red oak from a project, but any wood will do, including some ½ strips from the MDF sheet or the 2X3, of which I had plenty left. Now, know that my DIY router table build is based around two Harbor Freight sawhorses. You need to adjust according to what you have! For my application, a desk that is 2 feet by 2-feet is perfect. To this piece, I attached the two rails on the left and right edges. I then proceeded to make several marks on the deck. The first is a centerline across the center. Then trace the router's top plate at about 1/3 the depth of the router table. I used a center punch to make sure the drill bit didn't wander, drilled, and countersunk the holes. I made the center 1 ½ inches because I don't have any larger router bits. However, if you are using a router with a ½ collet, go bigger. I also chamfer it to allow easier access to the collet.
For the 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞, I ripped the spare piece of MDF to 24-inches long by 3-inches for the vertical component and 8-inches for the horizontal part. I drilled and countersunk the vertical part and mated it with the flat piece using 1 ¼ #6 screws. I made the blade's cavity by drilling a 1 ½ inch hole at the centerline of each of the fence's faces about an inch from the edge. I then used the Japanese saw to convert the two holes into a slot.
To use the miter gauge is just a matter of using a ¾ inch dado bit and making a grove across the entire depth of the router table. To make the circle cutting jig, I cut two pieces from the aluminum stock. One is one inch long, the other one, six. These go on the slot I made right at the center of the table. Check out my portable 𝐑𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 with Fence, Circle Cutting JIG, and Miter Gauge, and let me know what you think in the comment area.
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