Build a Router Table by Upcycling a Kitchen Countertop

An old chunk of countertop and 40 bucks' worth of hardware

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nail gun
  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Framing square
  • Jigsaw
  • Miter saw
  • Router
  • Safety glasses
  • Shop vacuum
  • Table saw

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Laminate countertop
  • 1" metal angles or rails from bed frame
  • T-nuts, washers and eye bolts (1/4" or larger)
  • Rubber vacuum hose adapter
  • Top-bearing 1/2" pattern router bit
  • Router table insert plate
  • Wood glue
  • Coarse-thread screws (1/2", 1-1/4", 2")
  • 1/2" particle board (for guide)