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Blog series by EdsCustomWoodCrafts updated 03-09-2017 09:52 PM 11 parts 9845 reads 30 comments total

Part 1: Motivation & Research

02-27-2017 04:45 AM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 8 comments »

I built a router cabinet and table about 2 years ago and it’s simply a must have tool in my shop . Although it was one of my first shop projects I did a decent job on it but the design failed in a few ways . You can see my first router cabinet here : The other day I was I was wheeling it and 2 of the casters fell off , I used the casters that you insert into a leg, the leg cracked and out came the caster. I also built my own table using MDF and that began to sag where the route...

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Part 2: Cabinet Walls & Back

02-28-2017 03:57 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

Today I am doing the left and right sides of the cabinet and also the back.. Let me start of by stating that I am building individual components of the router cabinet, assembly will not really begin until I completed all joinery and insert every material into to the cabinet because when I built the last one I was working in such tight quarters for things such as drawer slides installation was a night mare and installing the inner parts such as the walls to define the router cavity I decide...

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Part 3: Base & shelf

02-28-2017 06:02 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 2 comments »

The base is basically a piece of 3/4” poplar plywood with a solid oak edge band that is secured with pocket hole screws and glue. I machined a 3/4” dado 1” up from the bottom of the left, right and back sides and the base just slides in. Before assembly I still need to position the 4 locking casters and glue and screw the the base and shelf into place. The upper shelf is the exactly the same piece as the base except I placed to dado 6” from each side to positi...

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Part 4: Cabinet Base & Shelf

02-28-2017 11:57 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 2 comments »

The base is basically a piece of 3/4” poplar plywood with a solid oak edge band that is secured with pocket hole screws and glue. I machined a 3/4” dado 1” up from the bottom of the left, right and back sides and the base just slides in. Before assembly I still need to position the 4 locking casters and glue and screw the the base and shelf into place. The upper shelf is the exactly the same piece as the base except I placed to dado 6” from each side to positi...

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Part 5: Drawer Slides Installed & Router Cavity Walls Made

03-01-2017 10:48 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 3 comments »

So I started off by making the 2 partition walls which will achieve the cavity needed to fit the router into and simultaneously create the other two cavitys that will fit my 3 drawers on the left and the door on the right to store all the cords . Dividers: The dividers like most other components in this build is 3/4” plywood with a solid oak edge. Again I cut the ply to size and installed the oak using glue and pocket holes. I also did the drawer runners now so it’s easier t...

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Part 6: Securing Front Stretcher

03-02-2017 05:39 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

The front Stretcher is a piece of solid oak 1 5/8” wide.. I just placed to 2 pocket holes in each end and screwedit in ..I know of people don’t think pocket holes are not really woodworking but I find it very useful to install butt joints Because I wanted every thing flush at the front of the cabinet I had to cut a notch in my middle panels that outline the router cavity so as that the Stretcher was nice and tight Here is a picture

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Part 7: Adding a plywood plate to attach My router table

03-02-2017 05:47 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

This is a very simple process .. All this step does is gives a point of contact for the cabinet to meet the Kreg Router Table It’s basically 2 pieces of 3/4” plywood placed on the left and right sides of the cabinet .. I predrilled holes underneath these panels to screw 4 screws into each side of the router table .. It was imperative that the panel was flush on all sides of the side and back panels or the router table wouldn’t be level

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Part 8: Adding 3" Rotating and Lockable Casters

03-02-2017 05:56 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

When I realized that the casters were not clearing the cabinet I had to add more depth to the base by gluing and screwing for pieces of plywood into the corners where the caster are being placed .. All that was left was for pre drilling the holes for the bolts used to secure the casters and add washers and nuts.. What I was not happy about was that when drilling the holes I neglected to add a piece of wood to the base to keep tearout to a minimum .. but since I didn’t the tearout ...

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Part 9: Drawers & Hardware

03-06-2017 05:55 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 5 comments »

The drawers are a no nonsense construction I used pocket holes to join the sides to the front and back, placed a dado 1/4” high to install the 1/4” plywood base and then added a solid oak false front and added simple hard ware NEXT: Hanging the solid oak door on the right and trying to figure out how to hang the door flush to the cabinet in keeping with the drawer installination

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Part 10: Doors & Hinges

03-07-2017 05:55 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 3 comments »

So I am finally in the home stretch.. I on the part of the project that is dealing with all the doors in the project. I am placing a door to the right of the router cavity that will allow me access to the wires for the big paddle switch I will be installing on the right side of the cabinet.. as I said before I used this paddle switch and its a great piece of safety equipment. The door is a solid oak panel with recess spring loaded hinges a fellow LJ advised me to get because it allows y...

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Part 11: The cabinet is made

03-09-2017 09:52 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 7 comments »

All that was left construction wise was to build the router cavity door. I used solid oak with a dado placed to receive the plexiglass .. although some people said that it might be the smartest idea putting a door as the router needed a lot of air to function properly but after researching this project I found the the majority of Cabinet did in fact have doors . That’s why I drilled 2” diameter holes in the plexiglass for the air intake if all else fails I can all ways remove t...

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