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I was wondering what the optimal size for a router table would have to be for making an acoustic guitar? Initially i would use it to help me make some jigs to bend guitar sides and hold the parts together as i shape the body. I was thinking a 800mm x 600mm, but now I think this might be oversized for this purpose. I plan to make the table top from MDF and laminate with formica off cuts.

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    Hi, welcome to Woodworking. As I'm fond of saying, don't reinvent the wheel — I'd suggest the ideal course of action for someone in your position would be to find our what size of router table other makers of acoustic guitars use. I say size but I should say sizes because I'm certain you'll find there's a surprisingly wide range, rather than a sort of sweet spot of say around the size you're thinking (for all sorts of reasons, but perhaps mostly because almost nobody will use the router table for this alone). – Graphus Jan 14 at 8:54
  • Failing being able to find the above info out you could easily prototype this with just a simple drilled hole in some ply or MDF (unlaminated, just the basic board) and see how you get on with it. If your prototype seems to do the trick make a fancier one the same size. Simples. – Graphus Jan 14 at 8:56
  • There are 284,987 YouTube videos on making router tables. (i made that number up) youtube.com/results?search_query=diy+router+table – Alaska Man Jan 14 at 20:56
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You want it to be big enough to support the pieces you'll be working with, but not so big that it's hard to reach where the bit sticks through.

  • If you have to stretch to reach the bit, you'll be off balance and could hurt yourself.
  • If you have to juggle the piece you're routing, it'll likely slip, possibly damaging the work.

I'd suggest taking a look at some commercially available tables to see what sizes they come in - something in that range would most likely work for you unless there's something really special about guitar making. If there is, it would help if you would edit that into your original question so we may be able to help address that.

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