First Woodworking Project: Router Table Cabinet

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Project by Josh posted 05-02-2007 06:21 AM 8242 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project. Mistakes were made, most notably with the overlay and spacing of the doors, im pleased with it all things considered. it is very functional.

Red oak Ply for the cabinet, dados for the joinery. exposed ply egde banded. Doors were done with pine for rail/stiles and oak ply for panels. Euro hinges. finished with golden oak stain and several coats of poly.
Skinny doors reveal 2 compartments where i keep bits, fence shims and collet wrenches and feather boards. main router compartment doesn’t hold much just the router and a little dust. bottom compartments hold router case, jigsaw, plate joiner and coping jig.

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#1 posted 05-02-2007 06:23 AM

Looks well enough to me for a Router Table. Fine job here, and just remember this the first project. From now on they become easier and better.

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

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#2 posted 05-02-2007 06:33 AM

If the tops flat you have a wonderful tool that will last you for years to come Josh. And you’ll always remember it as your first piece. Great stuff and thanks for sharing it with us.

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

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#3 posted 05-02-2007 12:17 PM

this is great!! Love the front door.

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

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#4 posted 05-02-2007 02:34 PM

Those aren’t mistakes….they’re learning opportunities. I give myself LOTS of learning opportunities. Looks great!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-02-2007 02:50 PM

Hi Josh,

Well done….like Charlie said, experience comes with mistakes but overall, you can be proud. The main thing is to have a flat top and a straight fence.

This will be probable my next project….have a Sears and I hate it, though I manage.

Keep it up and have a good day,


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#6 posted 05-02-2007 05:05 PM

You should be proud of the job you did. Not many would take on: dados for the joinery. exposed ply egde banded. Doors were done with pine for rail/stiles and oak ply for panels on their first project.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 05-02-2007 05:09 PM

Josh -

Outstanding first project. Congrats on taking on a number of difficult techniques with such great results. Just curious if you have a vacuum port in the router compartment. Looking forward to future projects.


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#8 posted 05-02-2007 05:36 PM

Thanks for the replies.

Re: dust port. My fence has a dust port, i am still contemplating putting a dust port in the router compartment. After some use im leaning towards not doing it. Not much dust goes down there and with a dust port in the back all the dust wouldnt get picked up by the shopvac and i would have to vacuum out the compartment anyway. If im going to be hand vacing the compartment regardless of dust port or not, i might as well save the $30+ i would spend on hoses and fittings.

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#9 posted 05-09-2007 03:52 PM

Nice router table Josh, I’d like to make me a new one. Did you use plans? mike

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

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#10 posted 05-09-2007 03:58 PM

thanks mike. My dad did the original design so i had a rough plan. I modified his plan to suit my needs.

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#11 posted 09-27-2007 05:13 PM

If you are like me, don’t you ask yourself how can I built a new router station if I don’t have a router station to build the router station??? <scratching>

-- Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all!

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#12 posted 01-30-2009 02:56 PM

Hey Josh—

The difference between the amateur and the pro is that the pro has done it long enough to figure out how to hide his mistakes!

Cool tool!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#13 posted 10-06-2009 03:15 PM

Josh, is that a benchdog router table top?

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#14 posted 10-06-2009 03:17 PM

Yes, it is a benchdog top.

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