Router Table and Workstation

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Project by Natedog posted 06-11-2010 08:30 PM 3052 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all,

This is my router table/workstation/tool storage cabinet that I just completed. The basic start to this project is that woodworking is a hobby and I only have room in a garage. So with space at a premium, I wanted a complete unit that would work as a router table as well as a table for the drill press. The added large tool storage is a great plus.

Built out of 2 sheets of ¾” birch plywood with white ash face and trim. All drawers and doors have a ¼” trim of ash for protection. Drill press table top with ½” trim. Rockler/Bench Dog phenolic router table top. Being in a garage I know there will be moisture and I am hoping the phenolic top will last a long time without being damaged by the moisture.

The new thing I tried on this project is for a clean look, no handles and hinges. The doors and drawers are spring loaded magnetic catches. Drawers slide on home made dovetail tracks and have finger grips on the bottom to pull on when sprung open. The three drawers on the left hold router bits, bottom right is router wrenches/bearings and drill chuck, top right is ? might be drill bits.

Duct collection on back currently attaches to a shop vac, so more bends and size reductions then I would like. It works great, and I think it looks cool. The cabinet is on casters and can be lifted off the casters to keep steady by the leveling brackets on the side.

No stain, just many coats of polyurethane and a final wax. The switch controls the outlet as well as the router. Also my dog in picture #3, Scrappy, no help but a great duster with the tail. Also keeps my scrap pile low by making mulch of all my leftovers.

Thanks for looking, please post any questions/comment you might have.

Edit: For better pictures. Apparently the email process that I went through was not good for the images.

15 comments so far

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 08:49 PM

Welcome to LJs
This is a really cool design with all the storage and dual purposes well done.


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#2 posted 06-11-2010 09:57 PM

Nice router table and storage I didn’t think to add on an extre cabinet for storage but it makes purfectly good sense…............................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 10:34 PM

good thinking..the combo of tools…great use of space. great dog

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 10:37 PM

Do you foresee any problems with the placement of the drill press when wanting to run something long through the router table?

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 11:15 PM

I like it! Although some higher resolution photos would be helpful to see the detail of your work.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 11:32 PM

akbar: The post for the drill press is behind the fence. Routing a edge of the board will be no problem with the length, I plan on using the drill press table to act as a support for the router table. If I need to do a dato cut with the fence 4”+ from the bit, then the drill press could get in the way. If there is a problem I can just unbolt and remove the drill press anyway.

Another side note: I pan to use the table that supports the drill press for the surface planer stored below as well.

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 11:54 PM

Nice!! That is one compact unit. great use of space.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#8 posted 06-12-2010 01:19 AM

Welcome & great project.
Keep’em coming.

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#9 posted 06-12-2010 02:58 AM

Excellent project and I thank you for enlarging your photos…they were too small earlier today for me to enjoy your handiwork : )

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#10 posted 06-12-2010 04:00 AM

First, Welcome To LumberJocks! Second, that is a great and well thought out bench / table / storage system. You will find there are many LJ’s that work out of their garages and you will see quite a few tips for space saving set ups on the site. Surf the site and enjoy!

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#11 posted 06-12-2010 05:07 AM

Thanks for the post and welcome to LJ’s. This is a fine looking cabinet, looks like the work height will be comfortable. I need to send this one to favorites and use your ideas for a router station built into my cabinet saw.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 06-12-2010 05:37 PM

I like the combo idea, drill press and router. Thanks for the post…........

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 06-12-2010 07:00 PM

Great Addition to the workshop! The combo bench with storage worked well for my garage shop, but your’s is even better. Great attention to detail, thanks for posting!

-- Smitty

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#14 posted 06-15-2010 05:23 AM

Looks Great! It will be a good addition to your shop/ garage. I like the dust collection setup, looks like it could be easily upgradeable when you get a dust collector instead of a shop vac. I have similar setup with my shop vac, lots of reducing to connect tools.

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Jiri Parkman

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#15 posted 01-04-2011 10:20 AM

Good idea, good design, good performance. Congrat.

-- Jiri

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