Router Table Base #4: One Carcass Ready for Drawers...the other one lagging

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 06-20-2021 08:17 PM 693 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: On to glue-up Part 4 of Router Table Base series Part 5: Second Carcass Done, Drawers in »

So I glued up the first carcass. I installed industrial wheels as well as drawer slides and made a top out of my favorite wood…Hickory. This is the base for the PantaRouter.

The second carcass is lagging behind as I want to drill the holes in the legs for the leveling feet (while they are just sticks and can be worked), but I lack the right bit and am waiting for it to arrive. They had it at the local big box, but it had a 5/8th shank. I can’t use that in either colet!! Dewalt, if you are listening…stick to 1/4 or 1/2. I have to use it in a router as that is my only way of drilling precise horizontal holes.

Anyway, I spent the time fine tuning the design of the carcass for the regular router table and decided on three drawers (small) in the space between the router and the sides. I have to box in that area for dust collection, so I might as well create drawer structure there.

To hold the bits, I designed a drawer bottom that will hold 1/4 and 1/2 bits:

You 3d print two of these and join them together and use them for your drawer bottom. After several tests, I got the size right:

I plan on having two drawers with this as the bottom, one tall and one regular. The third drawer will be for easy access to measuring and setup tools.

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#1 posted 06-20-2021 09:05 PM

No 3D printer in my shop so I just drill holes in wood, or buy the expensive foam inserts from Rockler.

I’m in the same boat, waiting for a 2-3/4” forstner bit so I can drill the offset hole for the leg vise bushing. MLCS says it will be here in 3-5 days with USPS Priority shipping. Here’s hoping so.

Looking at that fine mobile cabinet base, I’m curious if you are using a router lift mounted below the top?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 06-20-2021 11:20 PM

Looking at that fine mobile cabinet base, I m curious if you are using a router lift mounted below the top?

- EarlS

I use a rockler lift. When I get the second carcass together you will see it. Need to get on to drawers, but I have too many things in process! Hopefully the bit will come Monday.

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