Cabinet Enclosure for Incra Router Table

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Project by Todd510 posted 08-26-2014 09:50 PM 7495 views 19 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

I got a lot of ideas for this cabinet from projects posted on this site, so I figured I’d throw mine in the mix in case it helps anyone else. This was my first woodworking project and as such it took a good 3-4 weekends. I built the whole thing with the router table itself and a cheap ryobi circular saw, which I think added a lot of time to the project. Shortly after finishing I ran out and bought a table saw :)

The carcass is white oak plywood. The drawer fronts and face frame are red oak (without a planer I found myself a bit limited to the S4S stuff you can buy at the big box). Runners for the drawer slides are attached to the face frame and the plywood back. The power switch is the jessem switch flipped upside down. The door to the router enclosure is held on with magnets and a little stop dowel to keep it from sliding down. I don’t have a dust collection system yet, aside from a shop vac to hook up to the fence. So, there’s no dust collection in the box for now. The box has about 6 coats of wipe on poly and a few coats of bowling alley wax, so the dust that does accumulate in there sucks right out very easily. So far it hasn’t been an issue.

I’m really happy with how it turned out and am looking forward to the next project, this one was a lot of fun.


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#1 posted 08-26-2014 11:41 PM

Wow! Nicely done.
With just a circular saw????
You the man!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 11:53 PM

Ah Hello Todd, When your table’s picture came up on to days pictures, I said to myself now that sure looks familiar. Look over at my past pictures up there around my LJ’s home site highlighted link, to see the one I built sometime back using a company plan that has now gone out of business, tips and trick book that came with the system that is like but IMO superior but like Incra’s, Jointech. At the time I built mine I built a lift top table top to easily change my bits there right in front of me at eye level. Although I ended up with Incra’s first addition of your fence,,,,long story.
I used a couple of those small spring close but lock open at 90 hinges on my door fasten at the bottom. and because of my height and building the table up to match a comfortable working height. I was able to add another large bottom drawer. Their plans included a 3/4” pull out shelf plan to hold the slide-in #’s strip with the sequences writinglarge book, there up high at an easy to read & refer to spot. I believe that eventually you will turn that switch 90 as you will be working at that tables end and that will make getting to it easer.

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 11:57 PM

I like your design and you should be happy with the result. Great.

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 05:34 AM

This is better than from hardware store! Realy looks great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 08-27-2014 07:03 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 08-27-2014 08:28 PM

Very nice and highly functional! Quite impressive for a first project and we’re glad you posted. You’re doing it right – buy tools as you need them! And don’t worry about milling lumber – it’s not as glamorous as it seems. Sure it’s definitely the way to go if you can, but don’t feel like you can’t build quality products with S4S lumber. I find it’s generally pretty good, maybe on the wet side. It’s certainly good for shop furniture. Until you get your own milling equipment, I would look for a local sawmill, or even a guy with a Woodmizer on their website near you. Many of them will also S3S it for for an additional fee, but is usually still cheaper than Big Box. And there’s more selection in terms of dimensions, quartersawn stock, and species – although I’ve seen Hickory, walnut, and “mahogany” at my local Menard’s, but it’s pricey per board foot. Just my two cents. Hopw it helps. Keep it up and welcome!

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#7 posted 08-27-2014 11:44 PM

Looks really nice, you have to watch how you set the table on it’s feet from the casters, over time my INCRA table dropped a couple inches because of the weight of the cabinet, casing all my drawers to get messed up, had to flip my table upside down and tighten the bolts at the bottom.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#8 posted 08-28-2014 06:21 PM

Thanks, Lance – Your posts obviously gave me a lot of ideas. Didn’t think of the cabinet slipping down and as soon as I got home after seeing this I went and gave those bolts some more tightening. I sure wound up flipping the thing upside down more times than I’d like while building it… so hopefully I can avoid ever doing that again.

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