49 DIY Router Table Plans [Ranked]

DIY Router Table Plans

In this post, we assembled 49 free DIY router table plans. Scroll through the list below to check out the different designs.

Click the ‘View Plans’ button to access the design blueprints- many are downloadable PDFs.

There are some interesting project plans here- a foldaway design (#36); a handsome, hand-painted rolling router (#12); an upcycled desk router (#19); a wall-mounted option (#30) and even one built from an old trashcan (#40)!

Whether you’re a novice on a budget or an advanced woodworker, you can find a project plan that matches your budget and ambition.

Contents

49 DIY Router Table Plans

1. The John Heisz Project

Router tables are a necessity for anyone who loves to tackle serious woodworking projects.

But finding the perfect router table for sale to suits your available space and needs is a difficult matter, right?

In such a case, you can use these tips for building a router table top and make yourself a router table.

The table has a 22″ x 22″ cutting area, but if that’s not enough for your projects, you can extend it by a couple of inches.

However, ready carefully the titular because the builder explains how to avoid some of his mistakes.

2. The Belt Drive CNC Plan

This plan will help you build a simple solution with quick router access so that you can change/adjust the bits with minimum effort.

What’s also great about this design is that the table has drawers and cabinets for all the accessories lying around your workshop.

Moreover, the plan includes very detailed instructions, pictures, a material list, and a cutting diagram.

And that’s not all.

The builder provides you with tips how to build table fences and how to choose the best one for your table.

3. The Summerfeld Tools Blueprint

The most important feature of all the best router tables is a flat surface so that you can cut evenly.

That’s why extruded aluminum is your best option when it comes to router table tops and fences.

Even though MDF router tables are cheaper to build, they can’t achieve the precision a professional needs.

This aluminum router table is 27″ wide, 36″ in length with 48″ fence, and it can accommodate most table saws.

Don’t worry about assembly.

There are step-by-step directions how to assemble the table.

4. The Thinking Wood Workbench Build

This combo option is an excellent option for someone who is looking for simple router table plans.

First, you need to decide on the parameters of your project, and then you can start building it.

Another great feature of this design is that it can accommodate both a circular saw and a router.

And you’ll still have enough space to work on your project.

Moreover, this DIY option is fully portable, compact, and you can fit it in a garage or a small workshop.

5. The Wood Gears Horizontal Design

Are you wondering how to build a horizontal option?

Well, then these plans might come in handy.

Thanks to them, you can make a table to fit on top of a slot mortiser and function as a horizontal router table.

You’ll need a Forstner bit to drill the router bit opening, and you’ll have to modify the dust collector to avoid chips getting stuck between the two tables.

What’s more, you can use this plan to build a table for a panto-router.

Isn’t that great?

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6. The Slot Mortiser Idea

If you think that building a router table is too complicated for you, you have to see this easy router table.

It’s made out of 2 x 4s, and you can make it in a couple of days.

But if you want something fancy, you have the option to add an enclosed cabinet for your woodworking router accessories.

You can also try to build the fence by yourself or purchase one online.

What’s more, the design comes with plenty of diagrams and step-by-step instructions, and it’s available in PDF file.

Download it, and you’re ready to start.

7. The Amateur Woodworker Project

For a professional woodworker or a DIY fan, a router table is a necessity.

However, if you want to buy a router table that could prove too expensive for your budget.

Instead, this homemade router table can be just the thing you need.

It provides ample working surface of 15″, and you can remove the back support if you want to try free-form routing.

To make the table, you’ll need a jigsaw, a drill, a sander, and a router.

8. The Patrick DIY Plan

If you are looking for an impressive cabinet, you’ve found the right plans.

They are very detailed and easy to follow, perfect for a weekend project.

Another great feature is that the builder has thought of everything including a place for an on/off switch and cords.

He recommends that you buy a standard table top and the actual router before you start building.

Also, this cabinet has wheels for mobility and plenty of storage space for your router table accessories.

9. The Ana White Rockler Blueprint

This plan adds some modification to the previous one and presents to you a Rockler portable option.

The builder uses solid pine and plywood for the construction and also adds fences and a lift.

What’s more, the project won’t take much of your time if you have experience in woodworking – just a day.

You can use Bosch 1617evs option with this table and don’t forget that you have several drawers available for storage.

10. The Ana White Cabinet Build

What’s great about these cabinet plans is that they will help you make both the cabinet and the top so you won’t have to go shopping for one.

The builder modifies the Ana White’s design slightly to suit his height, and he uses pine and plywood for building the table.

You’ll need at least two days to finish and assemble this option, so this is a good weekend project.

11. The Bob’s EZ Design

Do you need a new table for your router? Then you can take a look at this basic option. It has a sliding fence, which is easy to position for accurate cuts thanks to the EZ-Mount clamps. Another fantastic feature of this stand is that you have easy access to the bit thanks to the lift out plate. And you also have a miter gauge slop. You can use either hardwood or pine to build one.

12. The Crestwood Idea

If you are looking for free router table plans, these will be of immense help to you. The builder provides you with the plan in a PDF file, plus his SketchUp project files, and there are diagrams and step-by-step instructions how to build your own router table. What’s also amazing is that you can contact the builder if you encounter any problems with the plans. And the design provides you with plenty of working area and storage space.

13. The Family Handyman DIY Project

This solid cabinet is perfect if you want something easy to build, which will last you for years. And it has eight fantastic features, including double duct collector, an adjustable fence, and laminated, rock solid top made from 3/4″MDF and 1/4″ hardboard. What’s more, this cabinet has hard plastic glides for mobility. The builder also offers you some tips how to choose the best router for table mounting.

14. The Fine Woodworking Stow-and-Go Portable Blueprint

These free router plans can be useful if you want to build a compact solution for your workshop if you don’t have space for a large router table. You just need plywood, some solid wood, hardware, and a router mounting plate. However, keep in mind that you have to clamp it to a workbench or a table saw extension because the legs support only part of the table. But the best thing about these compact router table plans is that you can break down the table for storage.

15. The Almost Free Build

Are you wondering how to build an affordable option to work on your projects? Well, then this design might catch your eye. The builder uses a free-standing wardrobe to make the base of the table, a cabinet door for the top of the router table, a solid oak laminated flooring for the front of the fence and MDF for the back. There is also a dust extraction port and instructions how to get power to the router. Pretty amazing for a router table made out of an old wardrobe, right?

16.  The Bench-Mounted Design

This benchtop option is made out of a 3/4″ melamine top (24″ x 48″), a commercial fence, and a commercial insert plate. The builder recommends melamine for building the router table top because it’s smooth and easy to clean. However, it’s thin, and it could bend. That’s why you’ll have to back it up with 3/4″ MDF. There are detailed instructions how to cut the mortise and how to make a miter track and T-track.

17. The Garbage Can Dremel Idea

Do you know that you can make a basic solution with the help of a garbage can? I know that it’s hard to believe, but this plan will show it that it’s possible to build a Dremel router table quick and easy. Of course, you won’t be building cabinets or any other complicated wood projects with this small router table, but it’s useful if you want something compact for your workshop. You can either buy the table top and the fence at Harbor Freight or try to build them by yourself.

18. The Instructables Idea

In 15 steps you can fashion a simple router table that won’t cost you a fortune. You just need an MDF and a chalkboard to make the surface of the table and to build the router table fence. Another great feature of this affordable router table is that you can mount it on a portable workbench or clamp it on a work surface of your choice. However, the instructions are not very detailed, and you might have to rely on your skills and creativity.

19. The Reclaimed Desk Simple Project

If you love to recycle and reuse old stuff, you can turn an old desk into a router table for woodworking. You just need a router, a drill, some bits, a jigsaw, and screws to thread into the base of the router. The most challenging part of the project would be mounting the router so read everything carefully and follow the instructions to the letter. And in a couple of hours, you’ll have a new router table perfect for small DIY projects.

20. The Lakewoodies Design

These compact router table plans are perfect if you want something with a shop-like quality but easy to make. This router table has some pretty amazing features like a large, thick router table top with a miter track, a T-track fence system with a micro-adjust option, and several drawers for storing your table router bits. What’s more, the table is equipped with caster wheels so you can move it around your workshop with ease. And since everything is made out of MDF it won’t cost you too much.

21. The Mother Earth News Idea

Every professional or DIY novice needs a router for his woodworking project. And sometimes you need a router table when precision and straight-line cuts are a necessity. You can use this free router table plan and assemble a solid, stable table in a couple of days. What’s great about this design is that you can detach your router quickly by removing some screws. There are also instructions how to make a freehand starting pin, a miter gauge, a sharper, and a switch.

22. The Rolling Maneuverable Project

A rolling router table is not that hard to build if you have the right materials and an easy-to-follow plan. Just like this one. You need a big wooden spool, which you’re going to turn into a router table with the router mounted upside down. What’s good about this method is that you won’t have to clamp down the wood to cut it. The builder provides you with detailed instructions and pictures how to make the table top and how to hook up the power.

23. The One Project Closer Project

Finding a router table to match your desires is not an easy task. But thanks to these amazing table router plans you can build a custom router table with whatever dimensions and parameters you want. The builder’s table top measures 32″ x 18”, and he uses melamine for the working surface due to its smoothness and durability. You can buy some t-track sections if you don’t want to make the fence by yourself and add a paddle switch for extra safety.

24. The Dumb Simple Blueprint

If you’re looking for detailed, step-by-step instructions and diagrams how to build a router table, you’ve found the right plans. This router table is designed to suit someone who is 5’7″ tall so you’ll have to change the length of the legs to suit your height. The builder recommends melamine for making the router table top, but you can also an MDF router table top. He also advises that you don’t add caster wheels or the table is going to move too much while you’re working. But if you want wheels, you can add some locking mechanism.

25. The Popular Woodworking Magazine $100 Build

An inexpensive router table with the same accuracy and precious of a shop-made router table is not an imaginary thing. Just look at this plan, which will help you build a basic router table.  And the whole project will cost you around $100 depending on what you have to buy. What’s also unusual about this design is that there is no router table mounting plate. Instead, the router is attached to the hinged top directly.

26. The American Woodworker Design

For $200 you can build a router table to match any commercial router table you can find. What’s great about this router table design is that you don’t need any tools to adjust the fence. And you can add sacrificial subfences, which you can adjust for your bits or use for zero-clearance openings. That’s not all. This router table also features T-tracks, a dust port, a laminate router table top, a cabinet for storage, and an external switch for safety. The instructions are very detailed, and there are cutting diagrams available. The builder also provides you with a cutting list to make it easy for you to build your own router table.

27. The Table-Mate Idea

This impressive DIY router table is made with the help of a folded-up Workmate. But don’t worry if you don’t have one. You can also use a pair of sawhorses. What’s great about it is that you can tilt the router table top to make adjustments quickly and easily. Moreover, the compact design allows you to store the table wherever you want. However, because there are many different router brands, you will have to customize the table to match your router model.

28. The Deluxe Idea

If you’ve been looking at router tables, you know that buying one might be over your budget. But thanks to this free router table plan you can build a table and a router table lift with some unique features. One of the most unusual things about this router table is that router lift mechanism which allows you to change bits quickly by opening the hinged top. The builder has included step-by-step instructions, pictures, and diagrams to help you along.

29. The Rockler Shop-Made Project

Are you looking for some useful tips how to build a complete router table from legs to fences? Then you’ve found the right place. The builder shows you how to make all the major parts, but he also offers you alternatives if you prefer buying them. The router table is large enough for most woodworking projects, but it’s still small enough to be easy to store it away. The table measures 28 inches in width and 18 inches in depth, and the builder recommends a laminate router table top.

30. The Wall-Mounted Design

Unfortunately, you don’t always have room for a large routing table in your workshop. But don’t sweat. Thanks to this free plan you can make a wall-mounted option, perfect for a small garage. It features a laminated table top measuring 24″ x 32″, which is supported by a pair of removable arms. When you don’t need it anymore, you can put it back in the cabinets, which is 12″ deep. What’s also great is that there is a storage spot both for the router and its plate.

31. The SawDust Easy Simple Idea

This router table is an excellent choice if you have a small router and you need a table for it. The table sits on a Workmate, and you can even add a power bar to one end to use as a switch. The provided dimensions are only for illustration, and you can change them to match your needs. There are also instructions how to fashion a DIY router table fence and a duct collection feature.

32. The Scott Moore Project

If you have a Dewalt router and you want a table to match it, you can use these free plans. The builder uses a shop-made router table top, but you can build one if you feel confident enough. You’ll also need some basic tools for this project like a circular saw, a drill, a pocket hole jig, and an orbital sander. The builder uses poplar as a building material, but you can use whatever lumber you have.

33. The ShopNotes Magazine Quick & Easy Blueprint

This free plan offers you a router table with some basic features to suit the need of every woodworker. Moreover, if you want you can add a stand with adjustable shelves, a door, and drawers for storing bits. A material list and cutting diagrams for the door and the drawers are available for download as a PDF file. However, there are not detailed instructions regarding the building process, so this homemade plan is suitable for someone with experience.

34. The Start Woodworking Basic Build

To make this easy router table, you need only a few things – a sheet of plywood or MDF, screws, and a piece of hardwood. The plan is straightforward – you’ll attach your router to the piece of plywood or MDF and screw it. If you want a DIY table fence, you can use a piece of scrap wood and clamp it to this simple router table. Bear in mind that this is just a small option, and it’s suitable for routing dadoes or edge profiles, not for building cabinets.

35.  The Dan’s Wood Whisperer Benchtop Design

If you want a small table for your workshop, you’ve found the right set of plans. This table is compact, easy to transport, simple to build, and it will cost you no more than $50. It’s made out of two sheets of 1/2″ MDF, which you’ll have to glue together, and you’ll also need 1/4″ strips of woods for the edges. The complete router table measures 21” x 16 ½”, and there are instructions how to make a router table fence.

36.  The Fold Away Idea

As every woodworker knows, there is not enough space in your workshop for all the things you need. That’s why the idea for a foldable router table is a genius one. You can attach this folding table top to your workbench whenever you need it and store it out of the way when you’re not using it. There are detailed instructions how to build this option and what materials you have to use to secure it to the workbench.

37. The Quick And Easy Idea

What’s great about his router table design is that you need 5′ x 5′ sheet of 1/2″ Baltic plywood and some free time to build it. It features a large router table top measuring 20″ x 32″, which tilts to make router table height adjustment and changing the bit easy. What’s more, you don’t need special tools to build the case – just a table saw and a drill press. And there is a drawer for storing all your router accessories. However, the router table has to be clamped to a workbench or a sawhorse.

38.  The Woodworking Crafts Magazine Horizontal Blueprint

Horizontal Router Table

Ron Fox makes this handy workshop project Error loading Partial View script (file: ~/Views/MacroPartials/cwsGalleryImages.cshtml) Many experienced woodworkers hold the opinion that the horizontal routing table can be one of the most useful constructions in your workshop. Eagle-eyed reader Mr Rawlings from Wales spotted one in use during the construction of our freestanding rack, and asked exactly how he’d go about making one.

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Have you heard about horizontal router tables? You might find the concept strange, but such a router table has many possible applications, and it certainly takes less space than an ordinary router table. To make it, you can use 18mm MDF or high-quality plywood. However, keep in mind that a horizontal router table is suitable for small and medium routers because larger routers need sufficient support.

39. The Woodworker’s Build

This router table for woodworking is a nice choice if you want something well-thought and suitable for all kinds of DIY projects. The builder advises that the router table top shouldn’t be more than 2′ x 3′ and that you should determine the height of the table based on your own height. He also offers you step-by-step instructions and pictures of the building process.

40. The UpCycled Trash Can Design

These free router table plants will help you build a router table with the aid of a 30-gallon trash can, which will function as a base. What’s good about this design is that you’ll save space, and the garbage can will act as a chip and dust collector. To keep the trash can stable, the builder recommends that you place a sandbag on the inside. But this router table will be suitable only for small-scale projects.

41. The Table Saw Fence Idea

If you have a saw table and you want to use your router table fence in combination with it, this is the plan that you need. There are detailed instructions and diagrams how to build the router table fence with a T-track. However, keep in mind that the design is made to work with Jet 10″ contractor table saw, and you’ll have to tweak the dimension to suit your saw.

42. The John Heisz Idea

If you are looking for an interesting router table design, this router table might catch your eye. It has a built-in router lift, a unique dust extractor method, and drawers on the right for storing your woodworking router bits. However, the instructions are on the thin side, so this plan is a good option if you want some ideas how to improve your router table.

43. The Plywood Idea

What’s great about his router table plan is that detailed diagrams and pictures show you exactly what you have to do. There are also steps how to assemble the router table top and fence. The builder also provides you with the exact dimension and a cut list to make it easy if you decide to stick to his plan. Another great feature of this router table design is that there are small drawers for your accessories and large drawers for your router tool.

44. The Dowelmax DIY Project

Instead of spending a fortune on a shop made router table, you can build one for $24. You just need four framing studs measuring 2″ x 4″ x 12′. The router table height is 35″, but you can make router table height adjustments to suit your needs. What’s more, the builder provides you with videos of the building process so you can see how to build the router table. Bear in mind that if you add caster wheels, you’ll also have to install some locking mechanism in place to keep the router table in position.

45. The Converted Table Saw Blueprint

Do you have a table saw and do you want to add a router table to it, instead of using a benchtop mounted option? Then this router plan might be useful to you. However, there are some requirements. You need a full-size table saw with an extension, and a mini router table, which is supposed to be mounted on a workbench. Of course, you also must have some basic tools such as a cordless drill, a jigsaw, a handsaw, clamps and, 1.5″ drywall screws.

46. The Cheap Folding Project Build

In four steps, you can make a cheap router table with inexpensive materials. And the great thing is that you’ll have a sturdy DIY solution, but it will be light enough to move it around your workshop. You just require a folding workbench, 2’x4′ piece of MDF, laminate flooring for the router insert, and wood to reinforce the table. Optionally, you can buy a shop made router table fence and T-track kit if you want something more functional.

47.  The Minimalist Maker Design

If you have a Craftsman router and you want to have a router table to match it, you’ve found the right plan. What’s great is that this option has some pretty impressive features like an adjustable fence, a dust collector, and easy access to the router. The router table top and the fence are made out of 3/4″ MDF, while for the legs you’ll need 2 x 4s. The Craftsman router table plan is very detailed, and there is a list of everything you’ll need to make it work.

48.  The Tablesaw Idea

Do you have a Bosch router table, which you want to attach to a table saw? Then, this plan might help you just do that. But keep in mind that the builder has a Grizzly table saw, and if you have a different model, you might have to alter some parts of the design. There are pictures and some instructions to help you, but you’ll also have to rely on your skills.

49.  The Simple Pop Out Idea

This DIY plan will help you build a make a craft area, which you can use as a plunger router without a plate change. All you need is a rectangular piece of metal, 2mm thick, furniture bolts, power tools, and a countersink bit. Also, you’ll have to modify your fence.

What You Need To Know

These tables provide flexibility, permitting the tool to operate inverted. Working it upside down, it’s attached to the table, enabling the carpenter to run wood along it instead of operating the tool over the wood.

They’re available in a number of different sizes and may even be transportable or immobile. It’s created by affixing a fixed-base tool to the bottom of a table using bolts. Ensure that the bolts are tight in order that the bit remains in position as you work.

The guard over the table fits over the bits to make sure they will not pop off and hurt the woodworker. Beneath the guard is the collet, which in turn sports a bit. You need to ensure that the collet is attached on firmly to be sure the bit stays constantly in place. Prior to making a cut with a table, ensure that the woodworking machine is held safely to the workbench or workspace in order that it cannot slide. Turn it on, and put the wood you’re cutting against the fence. Slowly feed the wood through the bit, always keeping it in-line with the fence. That should produce a groove along the entire wood length.

If you’re looking to build one of these woodworking machines- our post above is an excellent place to start. The way they work is a spindle from the woodworking router extends from the machine counter and spins generally at an RPM between 3,020 4,000. It employs a vertical fence so that the workpiece can safely and effectively be guided to control the depth of the horizontal cut.

If you’re using a handheld option, these options are especially versatile solutions designed to accommodate specific applications- for example working with especially bulky workpieces or even especially small ones. Generally speaking, there are three different types: a floor standing machine, a small benchtop machine, and accessories that you can bolt onto a table saw.

In terms of how you use one, you can employ a fence with a router bit that partly sticks out of it- you’ll then maneuver the workpiece against the fence so that it cuts into the workpiece.

You can even use one without a fence- in this case, a template is attached to the workpiece and integrates with a ball bearing guide and router bit. Another way these woodworking machines can be employed is by utilizing a pain router accessory. The way this works is by using an overarm that arcs over the table and hangs directly onto the pin.

History

Historically these woodworking machines came about as hobbyists and craftsman improvised them to get different depths of adjustments using a hole in the table surface. There is a lot of debate regarding using a handheld router versus using one and a router table– while many of these devices are engineered to be stationary or handheld or mounted on a table.

Safety

When it comes to safety there are several tips that you should observe. Make sure that it’s all unplugged whenever you are changing a bit. Hearing protection and safety glasses are also advised when using one. Push sticks and feather boards are also helpful to ensure your fingers are kept away from the bit. It’s advised that you should move your workpieces from right to left when working against the fence. You should also make sure that you cover the bed using a guard.

Working with Long, Narrow Or Small Types Of Stock

Long and narrow stock is readily worked on your router table. Feather boards help it become simple to work; they will support the stock tight up against the surface of the fence and table and allow you to focus on a gradual, consistent feed rate.

Generally speaking, they can help you deal with stock dimensions that do not accommodate themselves to handheld woodwork. Long and narrow stock, for example, which are employed to create mouldings and trim are extremely difficult to work on using a handheld router. Edge profiling several hundred or so feet of a specific door or base molding could possibly be achieved with a handheld tool and the help of special shop-built rigging, but doing so could be an incredibly unproductive option, when this tool table tends to make long runs of narrow stock easy to do.

Smaller bits of stock are also difficult to deal with using a handheld option. Handheld work on smaller components frequently involves a challenging balancing act. You need to keep it completely vertical on stock that does not do a sufficient job of holding up the router base. To compound the issue, you need to have a means of keeping the stock itself in position when you work. Using one of these tables actually leaves your hands liberated to hold on to small parts while the table surface supplies a sturdy, flat support for the whole surface of your workpiece.