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.
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.