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Blog series by SWM updated 09-27-2010 04:08 AM 4 parts 60979 reads 10 comments total

Part 1: Layout, Design, and Building an Heirloom!

09-15-2010 05:54 AM by SWM | 8 comments »

So I’ve been playing with the idea of building a “real” router table for a few years now. Like many of you, I have drooled over the marvelous work and attention to detail of previous LJ’s offset router tables for a few years now. Many thanks to Blake and his blog series, I also really liked the gold/red design of “treeman” at And finally the designs of 559dustdesigns jus...

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Part 2: Sketchup Pics

09-16-2010 05:37 AM by SWM | 0 comments »

I should have posted this first, but like most of my projects, I got a little ahead of myself. This was my first experience using SketchUp. I watched a few videos on a couple dozen times and now I have a router table. It’s not perfect, but I was able to get a cutlist with the cutlist plugin, so I was satisfied for now.

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Part 3: Doors, Drawers, & Other Details

09-27-2010 03:30 AM by SWM | 1 comment »

This project has really turned into a labor of love. Although, my work is far from what I’d consider craftsman level, I can tell that boxes are getting more square and my work more precise. What else can you ask for right? What better first project for a new router table and fence than to build it’s doors and drawers. The unit has 4 drawers on the right side: 4”, 5.5”, 6”, 9”. The bottom left drawer is 12”. No real science to the apportionment, ...

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Part 4: Finishing Touches

09-27-2010 04:08 AM by SWM | 1 comment »

I feel like I need a cigar with a big red bow on it! I have almost 6 weeks in this bad boy from design to finish product. It was my excuse to “practice” lots of new (to me) methods and techniques. The drawer fronts were made from MDF and sealed with two coats of Zinnser seal coat. This worked pretty well at smoothing up the rough mdf edges. I chamfered the sides of the drawer faces and painted to match cabinet body. Each drawer was stacked right on top of the other with only a...

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