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Blog series by Manitario updated 07-31-2011 05:41 AM 4 parts 23530 reads 17 comments total

Part 1: Planning and Face Frame

06-06-2011 03:00 AM by Manitario | 9 comments »

After seeing many other beautiful and functional router tables here on LJ’s one of the top projects on my to-do list has been to make a proper router table. I have used an extension wing on my TS as my router table due to space constraints in my current shop; however with an impending move to a new, larger garage, I felt it was finally time to build one. I chose a 24”x 32” laminated MDF top from MCLS. The deciding factor was that it was cheap and I’m broke. Eventuall...

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Part 2: Carcase construction

06-08-2011 05:09 AM by Manitario | 3 comments »

Cabinet sides are rabbeted to fit into a dado in the face frame, and then the bottom of the cabinet sits in a dado in the sides. Probably a simpler way of doing this, but I wanted to expand my very basic set of ww skills. Overall, I’m happy with it so far. Next steps will be to build the drawers, and finish the inside of the cabinet before the back goes on and the drawers go in.

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Part 3: Drawer Assembly

06-11-2011 09:42 PM by Manitario | 3 comments »

Finally got around to cutting the drawer parts and gluing up. Found an easy, strong way of assembling the drawers in Wood magazine, which as you can see involves a rabbet on the front and back fitting into a dado on the sides. There will be 3 upper drawers, and 3 “drawers” for bit storage, which just involve drawer front rabbeted into a bottom, with no sides. I got the idea from a few others I’ve seen on this site make drawers like this. Anyways, time to stain the cabinet, ...

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Part 4: Finally Finished

07-31-2011 05:41 AM by Manitario | 2 comments »

Well, like many of my projects, I got about 80% finished, got distracted by everyday life, and work on the router table ground to a halt. Finally have got around to finishing, stretching a few hours of work into a few weeks. Drawer fronts are pine (cheapest wood I had on hand) finished with several coats of wipe on poly. Knobs are from HD, finished with the same stain I used on the face frame. The central door is 1/4” acrylic with holes to allow airflow through the 5” port on the ...

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