Router Table by Julie #7: Completing the Drawers

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 03-21-2014 05:40 PM 1970 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After getting the switch installed in the top “drawer” area, I needed then to make two drawers below that, on the left hand side.

I had two drawers that were part of an old entertainment unit that we threw out. I kept some parts including two drawers as well as drawer slides. The drawers were too wide for my router table:

So, I taped the drawer slides into the cabinet and measured the width I would need for my drawers to fit:

Then I cut the drawer, allowing for the side to be put back on after knocking it off (it was nailed on):

The next step was to use nails and glue and remake the side. I sat it on the drawer slides to check the fit:

Now, the drawer was also too high for the cabinet, so I clamped the drawer front on to determine the height:

I cut the height down with my jigsaw:

Then I attached the drawer front as well as the slides (they are a bit long, but it doesn’t matter, they were free):


The second drawer was a similar process, putting the slides where the bottom drawer wouldn’t interfere with it:

Then cutting the drawer down and putting the front on:

In my case, the front of both drawers are not centered on the drawers, so I had to clamp them in place and make sure they lined up properly with the other components:

I also put a pine edging around the top of the cabinet. Here she is ready to go:

P.S. I use an old pill bottle, turned upside down over the bit, if it’s still in the table. This protects me and the bit.

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 03-21-2014 08:07 PM

Great blog! Thanks. I’ve certainly learned something about salvaged furniture parts, and it’ll be of use to me in the future. From where did you purchase or get the bottom drawer slides, please?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#2 posted 03-21-2014 09:07 PM

Great job on the re-cycling. You now have a really neat work-station, AND you saved cash

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#3 posted 03-21-2014 09:27 PM

Russell, I used the drawer slides from a unit I took apart. They are available in most hardware or DIY type stores.

-- ~Julie~

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#4 posted 03-22-2014 12:38 AM

Wow Julie, That looks like apiece of furniture! Great job of repurposing those drawers (your jigsaw works a lot better than mine!)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-22-2014 05:14 AM

That looks totally awesome Julie!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 11:48 AM

This could be sitting in a living room, it’s so nice. Super build. I like the pill bottle idea. Gr8 stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-25-2014 04:20 AM


-- Noel

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#8 posted 03-25-2014 04:36 AM

Beautiful table! Great job :)

-- Have a happy day!

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#9 posted 03-25-2014 12:08 PM

Good idea on the pill bottle safety cover

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