My Router Cabinet Upgrade

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Blog series by Woodbutchery updated 03-08-2011 02:01 PM 3 parts 3812 reads 4 comments total

Part 1: What it looks like and what I want to accomplish

02-06-2011 07:04 AM by Woodbutchery | 3 comments »

Years ago I built a large cabinet to hold my (then) new Jet table saw. The preliminary design of the cabinet was to give a long enough extension for the fence as well as eventually provide me with a router table. As with most projects, it took a while, but I eventually found a Freud router that would work with what I wanted, so I got the router, a router table plate from Rockler, and the template to match the place, and installed it. The cabinet was very raw in it’s design, thoug...

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Part 2: Phase 1 - beefing up the bottom partitiong and enclosing the sides with plywood

02-12-2011 07:45 PM by Woodbutchery | 1 comment »

Beautiful weather outside and after a hearty breakfast I went out to work on the router cabinet. There was one other aspect of this project that I hadn’t mentioned before – try to use up as much of the wood that I have laying about the shop before having to go and buy any more. And off we go. Below is a shot of the exploded view of this plan. I want to place 2×6 on the bottoms to support the bottom shelf as I plan to put heavy things there (routers, sanders, blah bl...

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Part 3: Added a power switch, a drawer, and hid the cable

03-08-2011 02:01 PM by Woodbutchery | 0 comments »

While it’s been a few weeks since my last post, I’ve made some progress. <pictures> I installed a Rockler paddle power switch on the “end” of the cabinet. It was a fairly simple matter of taking the jig saw and cutting a hole through the outer wall of the cabinet, then drilling a hole for the cable to come through. I attached the switch box to the inner wall and used the space between the two walls to hold the surplus power cord. <picture> Because of ...

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