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Mobile Router Center Ludington MI

Without question, a router table is one of the most versatile tools you can add to any shop. Whether you’re making doors or moldings, router tables are do-it-all tools. This shop-made unit is a fully featured router table with portability, versatility and compactness.

The Home Depot
(231)843-9108
3865 W US 10
Ludington, MI
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Fastenal- Ludington
231-843-8788
4905 West US 10 Ludington, MI, 49431
Ludington, MI
 
Briggs True Value Hardware
(231) 845-7318
5840 West Us 10
Ludington, MI
 
Manistee Ace Hardware
(231) 723-9145
1425 US Highway 31 S
Manistee, MI
 
Family Farm And Home
(231) 722-8335
1183 Us 31
Manistee, MI
 
Lowe's
(231) 480-5100
4460 West Us 10
Ludington, MI
Hours
M-SA 7 am - 9 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Lowe's of Ludington
231-480-5400
4460 West US 10 Ludington, MI, 49431
Ludington, MI
 
Manistee - Dlr In Kmart
(231) 723-2326
1560 Us 31 South
Manistee, MI
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:9-18
Tue:9-18
Wed:9-18
Thu:9-18
Fri:9-18
Sat:9-18
Sun:10-15
Store Features
Mon:9-18
Tue:9-18
Wed:9-18
Thu:9-18
Fri:9-18
Sat:9-18
Sun:10-15

Wahr Hardware
(231) 723-8335
87 Division
Manistee, MI
 
Fastenal- Manistee
231-398-0737
297 First St Manistee, MI, 49660
Manistee, MI
 

Mobile Router Center

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

Without question, a router table is one of the most versatile tools you can add to any shop. Whether you’re making doors or moldings, router tables are do-it-all tools. This shop-made unit is a fully featured router table with portability, versatility and compactness. And you can build the whole thing for less than $260. It’s perfect for any shop in which floor space is precious. The top has as much real estate as a full-size router table but, like a benchtop unit, the router center can easily be stowed when you’re done.

The key to a flat, rigid table is the torsion-box design. A torsion box is nothing more than a crisscross frame captured in a top and bottom. It’s easy to build, dead flat and solid as a rock. 

Use It!


Move It!


Store It!


Unfold It!


Organize It!


Build the Top

Crosscut both sheets of plywood required for this project into 32-in.-long slabs (see Cutting Diagram, below). 

1. Cut to size the ribs (A, B), ends (C) and top and bottom skins (D). Cut the hardboard top (E) 1 in. larger than the top skin.

2. Glue and screw the torsion-box ribs together (Photo 1). Pin the top and bottom skins to the torsion box (Photo 2). Assemble the torsion box on your tablesaw (Photo 3). 

3. After the glue is dry, rough out the cavity in the bottom of the torsion box and trim it flush with a router (Photo 4). Use a 1/4-in. round-over bit to ease the sharp corners. Flip the torsion box and flush-trim the hardboard top to match the box’s top skin (D). 

Build the Case

The assembly of the case is very similar to that of the torsion-box top, with internal ribs that create the compartments in the case.

4. Assemble the case ribs (H, J).

5. Glue and screw the case skins (K) to the ribs (Photo 5).

6. Rough-out and flush-trim the router cavity on the inside of the case. Use a 1/4-in. round-over bit to ease the corners.

7. Screw and glue the top (L) and bottom (M) to the case. Attach one layer first. Then add the second piece of plywood by screwing from below so no screws show on the top side of the double panels.

8. Cut the door panels (N) to size.

Add Edge Banding

Make all the edge banding 1/32 in. oversize in width. After you glue it on, sand it flush to the plywood. 

9. Make the banding for the case and door (Q), the double-thickness top and bottom (P) and the torsion-box top (F, G). 

10. Cut, fit and glue the narrow banding to the remaining edges of the case and the doors and the wide banding to the top and bottom of the case.

11. Cut, fit and glue the extra-wide banding to the torsion box’s sides and long back edge. You don’t band th...

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