8 Free Router Table Plans

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These free router table plans will help you add an important component to your woodworking shop or garage. Whether you're looking to build a benchtop or free-standing router table, you'll find free plans in the list below.

Not only are these router tables a fairly quick and simple woodworking project, but it will also cost you a fraction of the money to build a router table than it would for you to go to the store and buy one.

All the free router table plans below have everything you need to build your router table. There are step-by-step instructions, diagrams, color photos, videos, user comments, cut lists, materials lists, and supplies lists.

After you've chosen a free router table plan, be sure to check out our other free woodworking plans so you can build your own workbench, Little Free Library, deer stand, or picnic table.

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    Patrick's Router Table Plan

    Two pictures of a wooden router table from a free router table plan

    Ana White

    Here's a free router table plan from Ana White that makes a great-looking router table with tons of storage drawers along the front. There's even one drawer for router bits and another one to store all the cords away so they don't get in the way. Hooks are added to the side so even more items can be stored.

    This free router table plan includes dimensions, materials, a tools list, a cut list, general instructions, diagrams, color photos, and tips from those who have used the plan. It's an intermediate-level build that will take you a weekend or two to build.

    Patrick's Router Table Plan from Ana White

  • 02 of 08

    Cabinetmaker's Router Table Plan

    Two pictures of a man building a router table from a free router table plan

    Popular Woodworking

    Here's a free router plan from Popular Woodworking that incorporates all the bells and whistles of a store-bought router table and will cost you less than $200 to build it. That's a lot less than buying a new router table! Fences, a sturdy top, and a cabinet front are just some of the features.

    Color photos, step-by-step instructions, a cut list, exploded diagrams, and cutting diagrams are all included in this free router table plan.

    Cabinetmaker's Router Table Plan from Popular Woodworking

  • 03 of 08

    Stow-and-Go Router Table Plan

    Illustration of a router table from a free router table plan

    Fine Woodworking

    Here's a free router table plan from Fine Woodworking. This plan will build you a router table that has all the features you need but can easily be broken down and stored when you're not using it.

    A how-to video, written instructions, and color photos will walk you through completing your project with this free router table plan. Build this router table today for less than $100.

    Stow-and-Go Router Table Plan from Fine Woodworking

  • 04 of 08

    Simple DIY Router Table Plan

    Picture of a router table and some of its building plans from a free router table plan

    Family Handyman

    You'll love building this DIY router table! There are no miters, just butt joints and screws here. That makes the project so much easier. Features like a double dust collection, adjustable fence, and plenty of storage put this router above the rest.

    Despite its name, this router table plan from Family Handyman is moderately complex, but there are lots of instructions and pictures to help you along the way. All the necessary tools and materials are listed for you so that you don't have to guess or estimate what you need. It should cost around $200 in materials to build.

    Simple DIY Router Table Plan from Family Handyman

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  • 05 of 08

    Free Woodworking Router Table Plan

    Person holding router to edge of wooden surface

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    Bob's Plans is a great place to go for plans, and now he has created a free router table plan that will help you get the job done. The tabletop is 22" x 16" and 14" high. Besides the standard router table features, there's a dust collection box, a bit holder, and a miter gauge slot.

    Download this free router table plan, and you'll get a materials list, supply list, diagrams, written directions, and patterns. After you're done building the base of the router table, you'll want to tackle the router table fence. It's a great addition to the table and you need it to really get the most out of your router.

    Free Woodworking Router Table Plan from Bob's Plans

  • 06 of 08

    Trash Can Router Table Plan

    Screenshot of a router table plan using a trash can as the base

    Woodworking Tips

    If you're not much of a builder, but you need a router table, this plan from Woodsmith could be your lifesaver. As the name would suggest, this router table plan assumes that you're fine using a trash can as the base. After building the top of the router table, you sit it on the trash can to immediately have yourself a base that can collect any wood shavings. It's a neat idea and could really work in a pinch.

    There isn't much of a step-by-step plan here, so you might have to improvise by borrowing from another router table plan on this page but then skipping any instructions for the base.

    Trash Can Router Table Plan from Woodsmith

  • 07 of 08

    How to Build a Router Table

    Illustration of a router table from a free router table plan

    Scott Moore

    This plan from Scott Moore for a router table is different than the others because you can get the plan as a SketchUp file to improve or adjust it as you wish and to see it in 3D. This means you can really make the plan your own. And this router table has a lot going for it, lots of storage, and an attractive front really makes it stand out on its own.

    Even if you don't have the SketchUp program, you can view the text version of the plan through the link above, as well as see several images along the way to make sure you're on the right track.

    How to Build a Router Table from Scott Moore

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    Horizontal Router Table Plan

    Screenshot of a router table from a Woodarchivist free router table plan


    You can have it all with this free router plan that lets you route overhead, horizontal, or the conventional way. Its small space would fit in any work area.  This free router plan includes diagrams, building instructions, and color photos. 

    Horizontal Router Table Plan from Woodarchivist