Router Lift and cabinet

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Project by Nick424 posted 03-18-2021 02:11 AM 1234 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once again my son bought me (us) a Christmas present project. A router lift and cast iron top from Rockler. My part of it was to build the cabinet for it. I found a nice piece of maple for all the faces, and on the ends I gathered up some nice colorful pieces I had been saving, sliced it down on the bandsaw, and glued it on. The back is just plain plywood. I don’t have many 1/2” router bits yet, but I have a place to put them when I finally do. I had been wanting one of these for a while, just too cheap to get it myself. When my wife saw the end panels, she put in a new order for a bathroom cabinet with the same look.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 03-18-2021 02:21 AM

This is really nice! It looks like you’re set now for a while…

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#2 posted 03-18-2021 04:38 AM


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

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#3 posted 03-18-2021 10:48 AM

Great job. I’m jealous of that cast iron table. What are those blue inserts you’re using for bit storage? Are they really for some other purpose, but you discovered they work well for router bits?

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. -

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#4 posted 03-18-2021 12:02 PM

Great router table, storage, and lots color. Very nice,

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 03-18-2021 12:51 PM

Nice job there!

-- Petey

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#6 posted 03-18-2021 01:13 PM

That maple on the drawers is pretty spectacular for a router cabinet.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#7 posted 03-18-2021 01:50 PM

Nice work. The ends are the best part. I’m also curious about the bit holders. I’m guessing they are from Rockler since they are Rockler blue.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#8 posted 03-18-2021 01:54 PM

Very nice table, you will enjoy having all the storage. Good workmanship and planning.

-- Ron

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#9 posted 03-18-2021 02:45 PM

I’m so in need of a router table as well. I’m going to have to get my butt in gear.

The router inserts are from Rockler and the cool thing is that you only have to drill one size hole in the wood as the inserts will accept either size router bit.

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#10 posted 03-18-2021 04:01 PM

Looks fantastic.

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#11 posted 03-18-2021 04:27 PM

Very nice!

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#12 posted 03-18-2021 04:31 PM

Good gracious. Your router cabinet is nicer than my kitchen cabinets! Nice work.

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#13 posted 03-18-2021 08:17 PM

Love the interior storage, looks like you are set for a router platform for a while.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 03-18-2021 08:45 PM

First, Thank you for all the nice comments.
It took a week of evenings to build, then put finish on over the weekend. I am very happy with the result, and it is a joy to use.

JRAP- yes the inserts are from Rockler and they are made for that purpose. They hold both 1/4, and 1/2 inch bits.

Earl- right Rockler and Rockler Blue.

Just want to add that the dust collection is fantastic! It has that little cup with the small hose attached to the fence, and the 4” hose connected to the box below where the router is housed. In the 5-6 times I have used it I Doubt if I had a total of 1 teaspoon that wasn’t sucked up.

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#15 posted 04-07-2021 08:40 PM

Nick, I think I recognize some of the lumber and I’m not talking about the maple
Great Job !

-- 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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