Wasted Space Mobile Router Table

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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 06-30-2017 09:41 PM 1912 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several months ago, I built a miter saw station that featured fold up extension tables. The main body of the miter saw station is a repurposed tv cabinet. Everything in my wood shop (aka garage) has to be mobile so that my wife can continue to delude herself that we can still park our cars in the garage. We don’t actually ever park in the garage, but she just feels better believing that we COULD.

Anyway, as shown by picture #2, there was a ton of wasted space under the fold down extension wings. I started thinking that I could add a ton of storage to my shop by building some rolling cabinets that would live underneath each wing. Then it hit me – why not make one of them a router table!!!

The cabinet was built from 3/4” Sandeply from HD. I stained it with Dark Walnut Minwax Stain and finished it with 3 coats of poly. As previously stated, I made it mobile by putting it on casters.

The top is made from 2 3/4” laminated pieces of MDF. I used my router to create the recess for my removable DIY router insert plate. I banded the edges with pine. I finished the top with thinned shellac and topped it with paste wax.

I didn’t want to drop a ton of money on a router lift, but I wanted my router to be easily accessible for bit changes and height adjustments. I made my router plate from a 1/2” thick cutting board. The cutting board plate has a finger hole for easy removal. The door with the plexiglass also has hinges so that I can open it. The plexiglass has holes to allow for airflow for the motor.

All of those features made it relatively easy to access the motor, but then I started toying around with the idea of hinging the top so that it could lift up. Using 3 1/2” door hinges, I did just that. I also added an interior arm on a hinge that lifts up and fits under a block to hold the top up.

The top left drawer has a piece of 1/2” plywood that has holes bored in it to hold approximately 75 router bits of various shank sizes.

The top right drawer is a shallow drawer that will hold frequently used and quick access items. I have 7 additional drawers that I am sure I will fill up with something very soon.

I did not use any store bought drawer slides. I attached runners made from scraps, and used a thin piece of cardboard as a spacer and attached stops (again made from scraps) to keep the drawers from pulling all the way out and to keep them from tilting. I coated the runners and drawers with paste wax to make sure they slide easily.

I also cut out a 4” hole and inserted a piece of D.C. pipe for dust collection.

I am going to add a dedicated electrical outlet with a switch to turn the router on and off. I also am going to build a new fence that is easily removed when storing the cabinet under the wing.

The other wing of my miter saw station is going to be the home for another cabinet that I am going to build. I intend to build that cabinet as a flip top cabinet for all of my reloading equipment. As I have gotten more into woodworking, I have removed all of my reloading equipment from the bench that I built specifically to reload ammo on. It is currently all stored in boxes around my garage – I mean wood shop – and I have been itching to cook up some fresh batches for my loudest toys. I will post that build when it is completed.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 07-01-2017 03:11 AM

Nice use of space.

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#2 posted 07-01-2017 03:26 AM

That’s one big table and is sure to get the job done.

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#3 posted 07-01-2017 07:23 PM

It’s a great router table and can also be an auxiliary table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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