Router Table Cabinet

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Project by traviskleckner posted 02-09-2015 04:23 PM 2379 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After lusting for a router lift for years I finally got one. The 2×4 frame I made for the table didn’t do it justice so I decided to give raised panels a try and make a nicer cabinet. In part the decision was also made to try and capture the dust that all ended up below the table.

This was also a bit of an experiment in trying out some new joinery. The panels are all miter locked together (rather than making a carcass).

The Router itself if fully isolated from the rest of the cabinet. It does a remarkably good job of capturing the dust.

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 04:46 PM

It’s very nice and well done and it will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 04:50 PM

Real nice work here.


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#3 posted 02-09-2015 09:09 PM

Nice work. Should provide you with years of satisfaction and service.

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#4 posted 02-10-2015 01:22 AM

Nice work Travis. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 03:40 AM

It is a nice and useful cabinet. I am going to make one for me soon. Can you possibly share the plan with me or let me know the source of the plan?

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#6 posted 02-10-2015 04:01 AM

An excellent bit of work!


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#7 posted 02-10-2015 10:52 AM

Looks great! Also on my todo list!
Which top and router plate did you go with?

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#8 posted 02-10-2015 12:23 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments

As for plans, I’ve got some rough sketches and looked at a lot of different cabinets online. I figured out what overall dimensions I wanted and the size I needed for the router lift to fit in, but other than that It’s not overly complicated.

Top is the HP laminated top from Rockler. The plate is an Incra Lift (which is a Jessem Mast-R-Lift with magnetic insert plates. They also make a set of plates (which I got) that have vent holes cut in them. They make the downdraft vacuum system work even better. The fence in a Rockler one as well, obviously with extended fences (so I can easily make them zero clearance and it’s easier for taller parts.) with the added micro adjusters on the ends.

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#9 posted 02-10-2015 01:21 PM

The compartment that houses the router is pretty small with only the one air hole. I’m a bit concerned about the router overheating. I have Norm’s plan which is a much bigger space and more air holes and my router still gets very hot when in use for an extended period.
Just some friendly advice to keep an eye on that so you don’t cook your router.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 02-10-2015 01:43 PM

Thanks Mike! I did consider that, and I’ll keep an eye on it for sure. My model was the this: which is much smaller. The compartment that the lift/motor is in is roughly 24×12x12, so it might be bigger than it looks.

Also, as a wood hobbyist is doesn’t have all that long of “on” runs, but it certainly something to consider. With the vacuum throat plates it actually pulls pretty much air through the table (which, then blows directly over the motor). My logic on offsetting the vent from the fence to one side and the out to the dust collector on the other was to make the air swirl around and make sure there was air flow over the router motor (and hopefully pull more chips out). There is a surprising amount of air/dust movement in there.

That said, it would suck to cook the router!

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#11 posted 02-10-2015 07:11 PM

What a great table you put a ton of work into this one for sure

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#12 posted 02-11-2015 02:53 AM

Thank you for the answer on the plan. It helps.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#13 posted 02-12-2015 01:28 PM

Nice build. And, wow, that’s a TALL fence! ;-)

If you don’t mind me asking, what’s the wood species used?

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#14 posted 02-12-2015 04:09 PM

Alright, I decided to take a crack at SketchUp….here are some basic plans. It’s missing various parts like the supports for the slides and what not, but if you can build the rest you can figure that out.

As for the wood, the raised panels are 1/2 MDF (would have been better to use 3/4, but I had a sheet of 1/2 around), all the solid wood is Poplar, and the plywood bottom drawers are birch plywood (3/4 for bottom, 1/2 for drawer sides and bottoms).

And yes, my thought was to make it taller…this way it’s tall enough that it can go in either way, giving me 4 corners on each fence to use as zero tolerance fences. When 2 get chewed up I can just cut it shorter. In retrospect, it’s a lot of work that I didn’t need. I’ll probably make one that’s just the stock height when this ones chewed up.

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