Incra Router Table #2: Drawers and top

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Blog entry by SPHinTampa posted 09-24-2013 03:51 PM 2758 reads 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Creating base cabinet Part 2 of Incra Router Table series Part 3: Finishing it up »

Long delay in posting. Have been very busy at work and havent had time to post.

In this session, I installed the face frame and doors on the router base as well as mounted the table top.

I started with the finished outer case

And ended with the drawers installed

Steps in this session

1. Installed hardwood drawer runners
2. Mounted face frame and caster wheels
3. Drill, tap and mount top
4. Build and install drawers

Step 1 – Install hard wood runners

Rip hard wood runners on table saw

Drill and counter sink runners

Use block plane to chamfer runners

I then cut spacers from hardboard. I like the look of graduated door sizes, so each drawer is 1.5” smaller than the previous.

Use spacers to glue and screw runners in place

One completed side

Step 2 – Install casters and face frame.

Once the inner cabinet is done, we can finalize the outer details.

Create face frame using pocket screws and attach

Screw in locking casters

Step 3 – Mount table.

I could not bring myself to just screw in the table top to the base, so instead I set it up to bolt the top to the cabinet base.

Mark mounting locations

Drill holes for insert mounting

Tap hole for brass insert

Install brass insert

Mount top to cabinet using 1/4” bolts

Step 4 – Build and Install Drawers

Use spacers to set rip width for drawers

Rip 1/2” plywood drawer parts

Cross cut using RAS

Since my router is now out of commission, I used the TS to cut a groove for 1/4” plywood bottoms

I then cut drawer side rabbets on TS

Used shoulder plane to clean up joint

Time to glue up the pieces

Since all components are plywood, I can glue up everything for strength. First I glue in front.

Add sides

Add back

Check for square and then nail in assembly

Last step is too install everything

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 10:21 PM

That is going to be one nice router table cabinet when completed. A great combination with the Incra fence system. It is unique how you placed the drawers on the rear side of the cabinet instead of the front.

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#2 posted 09-25-2013 12:31 AM

Ohhhhhh, that’s sure lookin good.

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