Norm Abrams Router cart and top

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Project by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 12-16-2018 05:15 PM 2281 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Part of the shop over-haul and clean-out is adding some shop features.

Here is my router cart and top based on Norm Abram’s design. I roughly followed the plans from Dan Phalen:

Top is double layer of 3/4” MDF with some laminate I had leftover, edged in hard maple. All the T-track came from Amazon (4pk of 48”). The face frame and drawer fronts are oak. The pulls I had left-over from a previous job. The power/kill switch I had from my previous router setup from the old shop, just wired it up to an extra PC style power cord and an outlet in the router chamber.

Rest of the construction is all 3/4” birch plywood except for the dust ramp and chute.

One more piece needs to go on it but my scrap plexi pile is not yielding a piece large enough to cover the router space opening so have to pick up a piece of plexi and some hinges for it.

It has more storage space than I am using. The two drawers under the power switch are both bit drawers, one 1/2” the other 1/4”. There is a second 1/2” bit shelf on the top left as well which under it are two 4” drawers for the router wrenches, collets, collars, etc. The bottom two drawers are on slides and house the extra bases, larger accessories and second router.

4” dust port on the back of the router chamber and a 2 1/2” dust port on the back of the fence.

Looking forward to using it once it is finished.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 06:08 PM

Great work. I need to make one myself in the near future because the little Bosch is not cutting it these days. I think you inspired me.

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#2 posted 12-16-2018 07:06 PM

nice job I think that would put a smile on norms far as space left over don’t worry that problem will fix itself-lol.

-- 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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#3 posted 12-16-2018 08:49 PM

I dig it.

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#4 posted 12-16-2018 09:47 PM

What EugdOT said. Bosch has to go and yours is looking pretty nice.

-- Just make the cut

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#5 posted 12-17-2018 02:34 AM

Great build. Those NYWS episodes were so inspiring! Enjoy using it!

-- AJ

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#6 posted 12-17-2018 11:11 AM

Nice project. I also made one.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 12-17-2018 06:07 PM

Well done…I have a version of the same design….it is very functional, and well designed. Now get yourself a router lift and it will be one of your best tools!
Thanks for taking the time to show us…...

-- Mike

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#8 posted 12-17-2018 10:48 PM

Very nice! More pictures please. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 12-19-2018 10:52 PM

Got the door on and uploaded some more pics…

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#10 posted 12-20-2018 01:59 PM

I like the double bottom drawer idea. That may be an upgrade I do on mine. I did one big drawer and it gets heavy with several extra routers in there.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#11 posted 12-20-2018 08:33 PM

I like the double bottom drawer idea. That may be an upgrade I do on mine. I did one big drawer and it gets heavy with several extra routers in there.

- HickoryHill

Have also seen a three drawer configuration similar to mine where one side is broken up into two drawers.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#12 posted 12-24-2018 06:53 AM

Great job as always! The top and bottom complement each other really well with the clean finish becoming the perfect grand finale.

-- Cameron Robertson, Manager of storage Dee Why -

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