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Benchtop Router Stand

Router Stand One of the minor hassles to using a hand-held router is that you have to wait for the bit to stop spinning before setting the router down. My solution to the problem was to make a simple router stand that allows me to save this wasted time (see photo).

As you can see from the drawings at right, it doesn't take a lot of effort to put the stand together. I started with two 8″-sq. pieces of plywood. One piece will be the base. In the second piece I cut a large hole into which the router base easily fits.

Router Stand Diagrams The only other parts are four, square spacer blocks. These blocks are sandwiched between the two pieces of plywood at the corners. You can see in detail 'a' how one corner of each block extends into the opening in the upper piece of plywood. This is what supports the router. After cutting the blocks, all the parts are simply glued together.

Now, the stand sits on my workbench, ready to hold my router without any wait.

Have a nice weekend,

Ted Raife
Online Editor, Woodsmith

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