Happy Router Box (The other kind of router)

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Project by Ryan Sandler posted 09-28-2021 01:46 AM 789 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No, not that router, the other kind :)

For the last several years our wifi router has sat on our dresser, with cords awkwardly draped across the floor. It’s gotten worse since the pandemic, since I recently ran an additional ethernet cable to our adjoining office for my wife’s computer setup. So—router box! The cords run up a slot in the bottom of the box, then a removable divider keeps the bundled cords separate from the router itself. I made the divider removable because it would suck to make this thing and then in a couple years acquire a router that’s just a little taller. The smile serves as a vent :-)

Made with whatever odds and ends I had around—the box is mostly ash, with birch plywood for the back and bottom, and walnut splines. The lid is curly maple, walnut and cherry. Finished with lacquer over Danish Oil.

The joints are all rabbets—actually my third attempt at joinery for this box. Originally I wanted to do mitered corners with splines, but cut the miters before the wood had stopped moving, and then the wood warped and the corners wouldn’t fit. So I cut off the miters, planned on a smaller box, and tried dovetails. I totally bolloxed the dovetails, scrapped those boards entirely, and tried again with rabbets. The splines were probably unnecessary given the wood orientation, since it’s all edge grain in the glue-up, but I wanted a box with splines, dammit, and splines I would have!

The lid is probably way, way overkill for this utilitarian project, but I’d been wanting to try this “ribbon” cutting board technique for a while, and I figured, why not? My wife joked that I should make a more simple lid to go with the box, and then go back and make a fancier box to go with the lid. I suppose I still could!

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 09-28-2021 02:08 AM

I love this. You saw a “problem” and came up with a very nice (and happy) looking solution. Enjoyed reading the journey – good recovery from few methods that didn’t work out.

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#2 posted 09-28-2021 02:48 AM

Very creative idea.

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

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#3 posted 09-28-2021 02:44 PM

Looks good.

Just make sure you have enough air flow to prevent overheating.

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 09-28-2021 05:03 PM

Good way to neaten things up.
Gary beat me to it. My understanding is that the biggest killer or routers is heat. I’m not sure those face holes are enough. Is there room for one of those small cooling fans? Maybe leave a 1/4” gap between the lid and the box would do it?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 09-28-2021 06:38 PM

Nice job. It’s always great building something that declutters computer/networking equipment.

It sounds like it was a good learning experience too. I bet you’ll succeed the next time you attempt mitered corners or dovetail joints.

-- Ron Stewart

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#6 posted 09-28-2021 10:26 PM

Nice work.

-- Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.

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#7 posted 09-29-2021 01:27 AM

Nice a router box that kind of looks like a mail box (a third kind of router) I like it.

-- Galootish log blog,

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