My 'Not so big' Router Cabinet

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Project by Sandra posted 06-17-2014 11:45 PM 7116 views 15 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year’s build was my workbench. It was a monumental task for me, but I followed the design and instructions from Ed Pirnik of Fine Woodworking. I like instructions.

So when I began looking for a router table, I was encouraged by my LJ buddies to build one.
Unbelievably, one of my buddies, Doe, sent me a Veritas table top that she wasn’t using, the bench top stand, the fence, plates, crosscut sled etc etc. I was gobsmacked. Anyone who knows Canada Post, knows what an ordeal that would have been for her.

I knew I wanted a full size cabinet, so the rest was up to me to figure out with no instructions. Cue foreboding music.

I duplicated the upper plywood box and attached it with dowels and glue to the top box. I then made a maple ‘frame’ to beef up the two boxes and cover the seams. The two boxes were then placed in a wider base on casters.

The mechanism for lifting the router table was already in place, and it makes bit changes easy. Because I wanted storage drawers though, I had to come up with a way to open the front to access the mechanism. I’m happy with the drop down door I came up with using hinges left from our kitchen reno.

The switch was a dilemma for me, and then another LJ buddy, Eddie sent me a Kreg switch. I had to modify the outside of it with my Dremel, but then fit it into a cutout on the side of the upper box. The router plugs into that, and then the switch’s cord runs out the back of the cabinet.

The drawer fronts are made from a mahogany shelf that a friend gave me after her woodworking father passed away.

For dust collection, I’m going to use a magnetic chute on the edge of the table. I’m going to wait until I see where the dust naturally gathers before I decide if and where I put a port.

The only supplies that I had to purchase were the drawer pulls, slides and a half sheet of plywood.

The cabinet measures 35 1/2” tall.

Thanks for looking.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 06-18-2014 12:00 AM

That looks really great! I hope you have many hours of enjoyment with it!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 12:01 AM

Thanks Doe, and thanks again for my early Christmas present last year!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 12:09 AM

very nice,great work!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 06-18-2014 12:12 AM

Very nice looking cabinet. Mahogany fronts are sweet.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 06-18-2014 12:13 AM

Nice Build.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 06-18-2014 12:16 AM

Fantastic cabinet, Sandra. First class. And I like instructions too.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#7 posted 06-18-2014 12:28 AM

You done good. Looks fantastic!!!

The mahogany is awesome.

You’ll find that DC will be a multipronged endeavor.
Under the table/in the cabinet….
At the fence opening for the bit….
Out the end of the material, when routing dados….

I’m sure you will figure it out….
You’ve figured everything out so far!!!

Kudos to Doe!!!

Edit: Oops….
Kudos to Eddie, also!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 06-18-2014 12:30 AM

That looks professionally built, Sandra! The mahogany and maple look really good together. The top from Doe and the switch from Eddie…I love the people here!
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 06-18-2014 12:39 AM

That is a real beauty Sandra. You didn’t miss any of the details…...and what a great gift from Doe…Pretty cool crowd hanging around here.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 06-18-2014 12:41 AM

Great router table. Love the cord wrap on the back. Brilliant idea! I always seem to just trip over cords.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#11 posted 06-18-2014 12:43 AM

Quality throughout. That peice would look great in any setting. Fine furniture is always a thing that I admire and you have nailed it.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#12 posted 06-18-2014 12:47 AM

Wow, thanks for the comments.
KayBee – I thought a lot about the cord wrap, believe it or not. It’s a bit beefier than it needs to be, but works.

Yes, there’s a fine group of people around here. I will be thinking of my LJ friends each and every time I use the table.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#13 posted 06-18-2014 12:49 AM

That don’t look so scary…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#14 posted 06-18-2014 12:51 AM

Wait until you see my reflection in the table….

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#15 posted 06-18-2014 12:54 AM

Sandra, Looks very classy with the mahogany front. And should be very functional. As far as dust collection, I have a port on the back of the fence and under the table but usually use one or the other depending on what I am doing. The fence DC works well for roundovers, profiles, etc while the under table DC works best when routing slots, dados, and the like.

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

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