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A Trash Can Router Table Base

Trash Can Router Table Base If your shop is anything like mine, then space is at a premium. One easy way I've discovered to save space is to use a 30-gallon trash can as my router table base. It saves space by combining the trash can and router table, and it also serves as the chip and dust collector for the tool.

To make your own, place a sandbag in the bottom of the can to keep it stable. Also, drill a hole in the trash can for the router's cord. Then secure the router tabletop to the trash can with screw eyes tied to the can's handles, and that's all there is to it. The trash can keeps the router table at a comfortable work level, and it collects chips while you work.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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