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Project by Gar posted 04-13-2010 07:21 AM 3555 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those who are wondering why I haven’t been posting lately this is why. It is no different than everybody else’s router table. It is melimean and 3/4 Walnut the drawers will hold 207 bits both 1/4 and 1/2.This is the Norm style I had to change things though. You can kinda see in the pic another cabinet on saw horses. That is the first one. I was in the middle of making the first one and ordered a top from MLCS 24” x 32” . It was $169.99 top, plate, fence, T Track and inserts. The top I think is well worth the price and free shipping. Only thing is they rounded the corners by about 1 1/2”. There by the top didn’t fit the cabinet. So it was either take the first one apart and redo it or make a new one. This is the second one. The first one I will use for the drill press or planner. I’m down to only two more cabinets after the one on saw horses. Three if you count the Radial Arm saw but I don’t know if I’ll do one for it yet. I have talked myself out of doing one for the jointer. After doing the tool cabinets on wheels I think a guy is nuts to make stationary cabinets. I thought I had a lot of tools till I got all this cabinet space. My birthday is the end of the month maybe I’ll get a lift. I hope I can I hope I can.

-- GAR

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#1 posted 04-13-2010 07:31 AM

Ummm… walnut… You must be one of them rich fellers. Walnut for a shop project. lol

Good job. I guess you can tell I’m just a little jealous.


-- Jim

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#2 posted 04-13-2010 10:12 AM

Nice work! I have the same top from them.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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David Craig

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 11:03 AM

Beautiful piece, especially considering it is a shop project. Draws envy from us wood hoarders and dumpster divers ;)

I agree with you on the utility of movable cabinetry. One of my goals is to have a shop in which all bases are on locking casters, where they can be stationary or relocatable when the need is there.

Well done!


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 04-13-2010 11:17 AM

Very nice…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 04-13-2010 12:51 PM

beautiful cabinet, I’ve been contemplating buying one of the MLCS tops for a while now.

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 12:57 PM

Whoowee, now that’s a router table!!! Walnut!!!

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#7 posted 04-13-2010 03:04 PM

Great job. Looks very nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 04-13-2010 03:48 PM

Thats awesome!
I’m with outputter I’m friggn jealous!!!!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#9 posted 04-13-2010 04:20 PM

What a table, thats really something.
Beautiful work, I wish you a lot of wonderful hours with this table.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 04-13-2010 08:13 PM

The truth of the mater is most of the Walnut was scraps I had. The Left bottom drawer front is made from 4 pieces glued up. The right one is 3 pieces. Not to toot my own horn but I think it is sharp how I managed to find scrap all from the same boards. That alowed me to get the grain running up and down. This makes it look like one long board. I wonder if anyone has noticed where I screwed up on the grain. I didn’t see it till I posted the pic. It didn’t hurt any but made me mad because I tried realy hard to get it right. For me to get something right ain’t easy.

-- GAR

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#11 posted 04-13-2010 08:22 PM

By the way I forgot to say thank you for all the great comments on all my stuff. I had the plans for this for about 10 or 12 years. I hadn’t built it till now because I wanted to make it nice.

-- GAR

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#12 posted 04-13-2010 08:32 PM

I can see where many of us would be crappy salespeople when it comes to selling our own stuff. Customer comes in and says “I would like to buy that cabinet.” “This one? I really screwed up the grain pattern on that lower left hand corner. And if you play close attention, you can see where I didn’t really lay out those fasteners real well. I think you might hear a rattle in one of the drawers, I think I cut the slot about 1/32 too wide…”

I respect humility, but you really did a nice job on this cabinet.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#13 posted 04-13-2010 08:56 PM

To add to David Craig’s post. The hardest thing I had to learn in boot making is the customer sees the object the craftsman see the work. When I go into a shop I can’t help it I see what kinda work they did And pick it apart. I’ll do something and Cathy will say “No one will ever know its there.” No but I do. This stuff bothers me. When I built the retaining wall the first post was off by maybe 3 or 4 inches. After I finished it sitting on the deck it just eat me up. So I pulled it up and reset it. The guys at work say I’m to much of a perfectionest. I see other peoples work and think mine ain’t even close.

-- GAR

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#14 posted 04-13-2010 09:15 PM

Great looking router cabinet Gar. I thing the walnut looks very good. It is always a good reason to save all those cutoff pieces cause you will never know when they will come in handy for such a project as this. My newest router table cabinet came from cutoff pieces from 3 different wood types I refused to throw away. I am now making another project from other cutoff pieces

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#15 posted 04-14-2010 04:51 AM

Thanks for the invite. That’s a really cool table. I can’t even immagine being able to build something like that. I looked at your other projects too. My favorite is the marblewood bowl (the bloodwood bowl is a close second).

Great work,


-- David

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