Router table / cabinet

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Project by MakerofSawdust posted 01-28-2021 01:35 PM 729 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started to build a new workbench, but in making the drawer sides I decided I really needed a router lift, which meant a new router table. This is my 4th generation router table and they keep getting better. It’s not perfect yet. So now that this is done I can get back to making my new workbench. The sides are an old raised panel door. I used leftover doors and drawer fronts (door is maple, with spalted maple rails and stiles, side pull-outs are hickory and drawers are walnut) and a walnut butcher block countertop leftover piece from prior projects. I kept the fence from my Bosch router table that this replaced (I’ll make you a good deal on it). The fence board is some very hard eucalyptus flooring and is perfect and a huge improvement over the original fiberboard. I also made a split fence. I made a sliding dovetail runner from hickory for the bits slide-out because I couldn’t afford to use up space for hardware on the sides. It’s works great, especially with a little wax. I couldn’t get the space in the back for the dust collection hose to come out, so I incorporated it in the top instead since that hose is also shared by my drill press to the right of it. This makes swapping between the two a breeze. The two middle shelves for bits are removable in case I want to reconfigure them.

-- - Kevin from Cincinnati. All my work is guaranteed: Three minutes or three feet; whichever comes first.

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#1 posted 01-28-2021 02:23 PM

The butcher block top just gives this such a unique look. Nice work.

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

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#2 posted 01-28-2021 02:55 PM

One heck of a router cabinet. I like the beefy top and the pull out. Nice set up.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 01-28-2021 03:26 PM

I’ve got to agree that butcher block top really makes your router table standout.

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#4 posted 01-28-2021 03:53 PM

Screams “I like wood!” 8^)

If I had that the wife would drag it into the kitchen and claim it as her own, looks like a performer!

These seem to be the one shop item that takes a few iterations to get “perfect”. I really like the accessory pullout, easy to store all those plates and easy to reconfigure.


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#5 posted 01-28-2021 05:19 PM

I don’t imagine you will write a later thread wondering about the sag in your router table top. What a beast…. Love it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 01-28-2021 06:39 PM

Really like the design . . Especially the top. Guessing here but I would imagine it helps with sound abetment? Really like your idea of using the right hand roll-out as vertical storage. Very nice addition which I am going to steal ! ! ! OK?

-- No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. . .

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#7 posted 01-28-2021 09:22 PM

Beautiful work. Count me in on liking the bit storage, I will incorporate that when I rebuild mine.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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#8 posted 01-29-2021 12:20 AM

Stunning!! Certainly has me inspired to build a Router Table now, love the top, fantastic idea!


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#9 posted 01-29-2021 03:27 AM

Nice solid looking router table.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 01-29-2021 06:09 AM

Sweet…..Can’t beat a setup like that….That’ll work…...!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#11 posted 01-29-2021 01:56 PM

Just amazing. Who says shop tools can’t be pretty.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 01-30-2021 02:23 PM

Looks Great, good job!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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