Incra Jig router cabinet

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Project by Jerry Ihnen posted 01-19-2018 11:04 PM 2047 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I am 63 years old and decided I can’t take it with me, I decided to splurge and buy the incra jig system. I cut 1/2 red oak plywood to insert in their metal legs, the trimmed with red oak 1×2.5’s I didn’t have a plan, just figured it out as I went witch made adding the drawers a bit of a challenge. I didn’t realize how much larger the table top was over the frame. It works ok, but if you are planning on building your own cabinet, you will have much larger drawers.

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#1 posted 01-20-2018 12:06 AM

I bought my Incra Jig at about the same age and with the same attitude. However your cabinet is WAY better than mine.

Nice job – wait til you figure out the jig, you are going to be REAL happy

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 01-20-2018 01:05 AM

Wow. Really nice table. Enjoy using it !

-- AJ

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#3 posted 01-20-2018 03:05 AM

Nice build, looks great!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 01-20-2018 04:17 AM

bingo jerry,so why not enjoy what you like and tell the kids,get your own damn toys,because weve earned it!-lol.hey bud welcome too lumber jocks,where weve all earned it!enjoy my friend. oh,before I forget-getting old-a very nice router cabinet!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 01-20-2018 09:56 AM

As I am 63 years old and decided I can t take it with me…

- Jerry Ihnen

I bought my Incra Jig at about the same age and with the same attitude.

- recycle1943

Holly crap JI and r’1943... Incra must have a seat at the births, deaths and marriage registry… I’m 69 and I bought my Incra 6 years ago… go figure… Maybe every woodworker should get an Incra for their 63rd. birthday… and if your past it, lie… after all we should all SKI (Spend Kids Inheritance) at our age.

Nice job on the cabinet and if I’m not already preaching to the converted you’ll need that storage space… those bloody router bits breed worse than rabbits.

Do I detect a Woodpecker in the table? Good move if it is… though most others will serve you well.

PS. One good thing about being 63 is that you can leave that behind… on your 64th. birthday…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 01-20-2018 02:13 PM

I like this router table very much. I would like to get an incra fence like this to investigate what is possible with using the fence with a router table. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 01-20-2018 02:40 PM

Thanks Guys, yes I have a woodpecker lift with a Porter Cable Router.

The whole system was a bit of money, but I needed a router table and I thought the incra system would give me more versatility than the kreig.

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#8 posted 01-20-2018 03:55 PM


Helluawreck: I’ve had an Incra-based router system for 10+ years, and it is excellent. That said, I’ll offer the following:

All Incra fence systems consume space to the right of the fence – a lot of space, and you want to ensure your shop can handle it.

The fence is precise – I make my own Festool Dominos, and I can dial-in the necessary precision.

Dust Collection is not as good as claimed – hanging a vacuum hose off the Fence seems like an elegant solution. I found it both cumbersome and limited (by a small … 2+/-” ... opening. I’m sure others members have better solutions than I had (I now drawn down through the table, rather than from the fence – Incra has Table inserts to help this approach. My dust collection includes a 6” draw through the cabinet-back, in-line with the Router.

All Incra products are a bit of an erector set – for those of us old enough to remember Erector Sets – lots of things to adjust, align, and tighten.

If my Router Table incra fence died tomorrow, I’d get another – it is that good. If my Table Saw Incra Fence died, I’d replace it with something else – it consumes too much space.


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#9 posted 01-20-2018 04:00 PM

I have the previous style Incra fence and really love it!

The only “bad” thing is a miter slot will never be perfectly parallel to the fence since there is no way to pivot it. Of course this only matters if you are referencing off both a miter gauge and the fence.

Looks like a perfect shop tool!

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#10 posted 01-20-2018 05:52 PM

Good to hear from all of you re: the Incra fence. Waffling on pulling the trigger, but getting closer by the day. I used one to make sliding dovetails once, and was blown away.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#11 posted 01-20-2018 06:14 PM

I bought my Incra jig used, as part of a router table that included a router, for about $150 or so. My router table is no where as nice as this one.

Nice work.

BTW, I was 44 when I bought mine…

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#12 posted 01-20-2018 09:07 PM

Nice work! I am looking at building my own cabinet some time this year and getting my router table off of my table saw. It takes so much work to set up the router, then set up the table saw, then possibly the router again. They can be use on the same tabletop, but I think I will like them separate.

Splintergroup: I disagree. The fence on the incra can absolutely be 100% parallel to the miter track in a setup like the OP. All you have to do is loosen the mounting bolts and square up the fence, then tighten the bolts back down. It should really only take a couple of minutes. However, it is much more difficult to make the fence parallel to the miter track on a setup that is attached to the table saw.

-- Breeze

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#13 posted 01-21-2018 01:46 PM

... yes I have a woodpecker lift with a Porter Cable Router….
- Jerry Ihnen

I have the same setup JI... Yes, a tad costly but well worth it.. we in Australia have 240V so mine runs 2.2 times faster and screams the bjesus out of my earmuffs…

PS. Just gaging… I use a step down transformer for the 110V Porta…

... loosen the mounting bolts and square up the fence, then tighten the bolts back down….
- Breeze73

Good tip B’73... Another alternative is to use MagSwitches to hold the fence to a cast iron table. That way it takes seconds to detach and just a tad more to square up.

PS. I use MagSwitches extensively, however, not for this purpose… so please don’t shoot the messenger… even in duck season…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 01-22-2018 12:43 AM

Nice job. Love the project

-- What I make is for others....How I make it is for me.

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#15 posted 01-26-2018 01:25 AM

You are going to get some use out of that! Have fun playing!!

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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