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Floating Router Table

Posted: Sat May 28, 2022 10:03 am
by BigAl
I just completed a floating router table for my 510 and I thought I'd post a couple of pictures in case it might give ideas to others.

I made it from some 3/4" lauan veneered plywood I had lying around. I had extra four extra floating table type rip fence mounting tubes that came with the machine when I bought it. I used 1/4" x 1-1/2" aluminum purchased from Amazon for the attachment points to the rip fence tube and I used pieces of 3/4" x 1-1/2" hardwood to reinforce the other two sides. I drilled the aluminum to accept the tube mounts and I also drilled and tapped the aluminum to accept the knurled locking knobs. I found that I needed to put thin washers behind the tube mounting spacers to give the locking knobs enough room to retract and disengage from the extension tubes. The veneer seemed kind of fragile so I gave all the wood a couple of coats of polyurethane to hopefully bind the surface together a little better and make the surface a little slipperier.

Anyway, here it is.

Re: Floating Router Table

Posted: Sat May 28, 2022 10:20 am
by dusty
Nice work. Should last a long time.

Support the end of the table (like in image #2) to keep from bending the table tubes.

Re: Floating Router Table

Posted: Sat May 28, 2022 11:25 am
by RCZ
Big Al,

Thanks for posting the pics. I've been thinking about how I will add a router table to my 510 and what you've done has given me some good ideas.

Re: Floating Router Table

Posted: Sat May 28, 2022 11:39 am
by edma194
Very nice. I am planning to make a router table that will fit on my Shopsmith dedicated drill press instead of a standard table. That would give me both under table and overhead routing capability. So I'm interested in any details on table construction in general and mounting the router if you have any details on that part to of it. I was thinking I should route out a circle in the top of the material just deep enough to hold a router mounting plate to hang the router from so the table thickness isn't using up a lot of router depth adjustment range. But at this point it's all vaporware, I need to solidify a plan.

Re: Floating Router Table

Posted: Sat May 28, 2022 1:33 pm
by chapmanruss
Nice job Al. Great use of some extra parts. That may be the inspiration I need to do something very similar. I have both Main and Floating/Extension Table 510/505 Fence Rail sets and a 510/505 Fence that are no longer used. I could probably align them to the 520/M7 Fence Rail height to level the top. I think Dusty's comment about supporting the free end of the table is a good one.

Re: Floating Router Table

Posted: Sat May 28, 2022 3:06 pm
by BigAl
edma194 wrote: Sat May 28, 2022 11:39 am Very nice. I am planning to make a router table that will fit on my Shopsmith dedicated drill press instead of a standard table. That would give me both under table and overhead routing capability. So I'm interested in any details on table construction in general and mounting the router if you have any details on that part to of it. I was thinking I should route out a circle in the top of the material just deep enough to hold a router mounting plate to hang the router from so the table thickness isn't using up a lot of router depth adjustment range. But at this point it's all vaporware, I need to solidify a plan.
I don't have any kind of drawing. There are a few critical dimensions. The total width of the wood, aluminum sides and added washers needed to be at 22". That required that I cut the wood part at 21-7/16". The tubes mount 1" down from the top of the table. The tubes have 1/4"-20 mounting studs protruding from them. I drilled the mounting holes slightly oversize to give myself a little room for error. The knobs that lock the tubes go into 1/4"-20 threaded holes in the aluminum. You will need an appropriate tap and drill bit. Horizontal spacing will need to match the tubes you are using.

For the router, I just cut a center hole with a hole saw and drilled and countersunk holes to match the bottom of my old 1/4" Sears router with the plastic sole removed. Using a dedicated router plate recessed into the top would be better, but I think my simple arrangement will be good enough for now.

My router table is really still a work in progress. It should also have a fence with a suitable guard. Any ideas anyone?

Re: Floating Router Table

Posted: Sat May 28, 2022 9:25 pm
by Hobbyman2
Nice job , you are right countersinking the plate in the top allows the use of guide bushings to . they are not to pricey , https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Bushing-Ro ... B004AJYQR0

Re: Floating Router Table

Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2022 9:02 am
by lorasmith
Gratitude for posting the pics. I've been contemplating the way that I will add a switch table to my 510 and what you've turned out to be beneficial thoughts.