Telescoping router table for compact storage
I needed a router table, but didn't have room in my garage shop for another large stationary cabinet. My solution is a tele-scoping table that can slide down and fit under a work counter when not in use.
First, build the base to your desired dimensions so the entire assembly will fit under the counter. (The dimensions shown should work in most situations.) Cut 1⁄4 "-wide slots as shown in the table sides for the telescoping function. The L-shape of the slots helps stabilize the table when it's in the working position. Use T-knobs, carriage bolts, and locking washers to secure the sides to the base. Now you have an easily stowed router table that's ready to come out and work like a big-league tool.
—Jim Treece, Knoxville, Tenn.