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Project by jester4977 posted 01-21-2021 01:28 AM 899 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed my shop made router table cabinet. It is mostly made from MDF including the drawers. The top is 2 layers of 3/4 MDF with a sheet of laminate on it wrapped with some nice walnut with beautiful wrapped grain pattern. For the lift I installed the Rockler prolift which is amazing.

The fence is made from BB plywood with shop made knobs for all the bolts. It rides in 2 t-tracks and has adjustable split face with laminate added for smooth sliding of stock. I used a 45 degree back bevel on each side so I can add sacrificial inserts if needed. I also added t-track to the front of the fence for stop blocks or feather boards and a combo miter track t-track on the table for jigs and such.

The dust collection routes out the side so it can be placed flat against the wall, which is crucial in my small shop. The suction is amazing and there is almost no dust left on the table or in the dust box.

For finish I used a 50/50 mix of poly & mineral spirits. This thing soaked up a 1/2 gallon of the mix, so it should be well protected from humidity and general shop abuse. Applied some paste wax to the dados the drawers slide in and they operate very smoothly.

Someday I’ll upgrade to a 3hp router motor, but for now I’m just using a cheap Menards off-brand unit that holds it own. All in all this build came out amazing and I’m looking forward to all the projects I’ll run across the table.

-- -- John, Somewhere in Indiana





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pottz

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#1 posted 01-21-2021 01:41 AM

looks great,even sideways.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-21-2021 01:45 AM

Thanks! Maybe that’s why my projects are coming out crooked…

-- -- John, Somewhere in Indiana

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#3 posted 01-21-2021 01:50 AM

That’s really awesome looking!

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#4 posted 01-21-2021 01:53 AM



looks great,even sideways.

- pottz


Finally fixed it, LJ only uses landscape pics so I had to go take a new one.

-- -- John, Somewhere in Indiana

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#5 posted 01-21-2021 02:02 AM

Nice job!

-- AJ

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#6 posted 01-21-2021 03:03 AM


looks great,even sideways.

- pottz

Finally fixed it, LJ only uses landscape pics so I had to go take a new one.

- jester4977


yeah lj’s is not what you call a high tech forum.many time i wanted too take a shot vertical.

-- 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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#7 posted 01-21-2021 03:26 AM

That is top shelf!!!!!!!!! Very nice design. I love it!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 01-21-2021 08:27 AM

Jester that is well done! looks a lot line mine :)

-- Petey

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scribble

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#9 posted 01-21-2021 01:10 PM

That is a very nice build, I am on my 3rd rendition and will be making a new one for my new garage next year.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#10 posted 01-21-2021 02:59 PM

Well done…and thought out !

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#11 posted 01-21-2021 03:46 PM



Well done…and thought out !

- Redoak49

Thanks! I actually changed the design as I was going and I’m glad I did. Was initially just going with a few large drawers and the top would have been 3 doors. Loving all the drawers, makes organizing much easier.

-- -- John, Somewhere in Indiana

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#12 posted 01-21-2021 04:30 PM

Great! I love all ur little extras…the fence, the knobs the additional little drawer. I have had for 15 years and absolutely love it still! Good job! Thanks for showing us!

-- Mike

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#13 posted 01-21-2021 04:59 PM



Great! I love all ur little extras…the fence, the knobs the additional little drawer. I have had for 15 years and absolutely love it still! Good job! Thanks for showing us!

- moke

Thanks Mike! I definitely put in the time to make the cabinet, now I hope to enjoy using for years to come.

-- -- John, Somewhere in Indiana

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#14 posted 01-21-2021 05:07 PM

Great work; great tool, and great looking to boot!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#15 posted 01-22-2021 04:40 AM

Beautiful. You’re going to get a ton of satisfaction out of an excellent design. Its incredibly rewarding when you create something like your router table in the first place, but even more so when you get to use it to create further projects!
Very nicely done Jester!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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