Router Cabinet

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Project by pfleming posted 12-28-2016 02:56 PM 1539 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After close to a year of putting it off for everything else, I decided to build a new cabinet to go with my new Bosch router. The design is really basic, and the only thing I had to buy was the hinges for the doors on the lower section. There are some things that I wish I had done differently, but over all I think it’ll do nicely. The main thing I would do differently is the height. My intention was to make it the same height as my table saw, but after a couple of oversights, it turned out a little taller than the saw. I’m not sure how this will effect long term use of the router, but we’ll see in time. One of the things I like the most is the on-board bit storage. Again, it’s simple, but very effective and serves the purpose well. The construction is all 3/4” plywood, with a few scraps here and there as needed. The bit storage is simply a scrap of 2×4” with a 1/4” dado cut into it and mounted on one side of the opening, and a scrap of wood cut to about 3/4” and mounted to the opposite side of the opening for the bit storage board to ride on top of. Like I said…..simple but effective.

I picked up a remote hand/foot controlled on/off switch from Harbor Freight (for under $12.00 with sale price and coupon) and mounted it to the side of the cabinet. I also used some scraps to fabricate a cord holder and mounted it under the switch. Both of these add on’s worked out great! I’ve always wondered why some cabinets have a door on the front of them, and after using this one on a windy day, it didn’t take me long to realize that I needed one too (picture sawdust all in my face). I framed out a door and added a plexiglass center, as well as cutting out the center of the back panel of the router compartment. Pretty much all of the routing I do is done outside of the shop, so dust collection shouldn’t be an issue. My old router table had no cabinet at all, and the fence mounted dust port worked great on that table, so it should work fine on this one too.

-- Patrick, Mississippi

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#1 posted 12-30-2016 06:55 AM

Nice looking functional router table.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 02:32 AM

Thanks bruc101, I added a couple new pics of a couple of upgrades I’ve done to it yesterday and today. They make it look better, and make it more functional as well.

-- Patrick, Mississippi

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