Router Table Cabinet

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Project by fred posted 04-07-2007 02:25 AM 12619 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I watched Norm build his Router Table II and was inspired to make a cabinet to surround the metal legs of my router table.

I used a good grade birch plywood for the sides. The face frame and doors were from poplar. I had never cut miters for doors before so I experimented with that. The top door has a plexiglass window so I can see just how much stuff is in it so I know when to clean it out.

Put an upper shelf in the table that was sloped to help get rid of sawdust and chips into the shop vac. On the lower shelf I divided it in half and put another shelf on the right side to hold wrenches and the like. The larger side on the bottom left is used to store another router and the plate from the original small router table plus anything else I wanted to put in there. A little poly finish and I was done. More details.

I store a couple of homemade jigs on the back side of the cabinet. One jig is a coping sled and the other is to hold small pieces when I route freehand. I also made another fence of 4’ x 2’ melamine to use when I have to stand some pieces up against the fence. I routed a T-Slot in it so it fits in against the metal rails of the fence. It takes less than 5 minutes to remove the standard fence and replace it with the tall one.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#1 posted 04-07-2007 02:28 AM

Excellent project. I went the easy route and purchased one.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-07-2007 02:36 AM

Wayne, someone once said…”What do you know, you are just a dog”. LOL.

Really though, about 2/3s of my time is spent building items to improve my shop. That’s where I get some real satisfaction.

BTW, nice looking dog.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#3 posted 04-07-2007 02:39 AM

Yup. That he did. I guess I will change my picture before long. Need to get my daughter to take one.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 04-07-2007 05:07 AM

Great piece Fred. I have a Jessem top with an open bottom also. Think I’ll give this a shot myself when I get the chance. Gives a little more storage and keeps things a little bit cleaner. Thanks for showing it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 04-07-2007 08:24 AM

Looks very nice… I wish I had more room… My Jessem (Powermatic) router plate is mounted in my table saw extension. I wonder if I could enclose it by building a cabinet under there…. Hmmm has me thinking.


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#6 posted 04-07-2007 11:16 AM

this is great. Love the window AND the little shelf for tools.
Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 04-07-2007 02:37 PM

Great use of the space Fred! I need to do something like this in the future to my “open” table to minimize the cleanup in the shop. Mike

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#8 posted 04-07-2007 07:27 PM

That plexiglass door was a bright idea.

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#9 posted 04-08-2007 12:18 PM

Very nice, Fred. It was just a week or so ago I looked at the 3/4” plywood carcass I built for my purchased router table top (with a rousseau crank lift insert) and thought, gee, shouldn’t I enclose it to keep the dust from the drawer and lower shelf? Now I’m sure that I must. Not sure about matching your idea of the ‘glass’ insets, tho’. I may have to let that be your touch to the piece.

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#10 posted 04-08-2007 03:13 PM

Very nice Fred.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 04-10-2007 02:47 PM

good job, I wish I would have made one instead of buying a cheapy. Although it’s done the job. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 06-13-2007 08:54 PM

Fred, I have the same setup as you and have been thinking about doing just this sort of thing. I like how you took it a step further with the compartments. It’s great to see it executed and I will likely do something very similar. Thanks for posting this.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#13 posted 06-13-2007 11:18 PM

Great job Fred. I like it!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#14 posted 01-29-2008 10:33 PM

Hi Fred

Very nice job! I am in the process of setting up my shop and need to build a router table for myself. If you care to, you can read more on ND2ELK. Thanks for the inspiration!


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 05-12-2009 09:17 PM

I like what you did with the base cabinet. I just purchased the rockler top, plate and fence, as well as an Incra LS system for more finite cuts. I will be making a cabinet as to have more storage and save a few dollars…thank you for posting.

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