Router Bit Cabinet

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Project by plantek posted 04-24-2011 03:45 AM 3348 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I subscribe to the Wood Magazine weekly emails. Which once a week they make available a plan from a past magazine. I’m not sure which month/year this plan originally was published. But when I saw it in my email I had to have it.
I built mine out of oak ply and white oak door frame, drawers and bit racks.
I held true to the plan except for mounting the piece of acrylic. The plan called for the door frame to be grooved and the acrylic panel to be mounted permanently. I decided to use retaining strips (3rd pic); to facilitate replacing the panel if need be. I also went with pocket holes as opposed to mortise and tenon.
The last picture shows the joinery of one of the drawers which I bought a drawer lock router bit to make. That’s a very cool router bit to have and creates a strong joint.
I finished it with a heavy coat of shellac and two thick sprayed on coats of satin poly.
I just love this thing. No more looking through the drawers for bits or having to pull out those tiny little boxes that hold the bits so close I always nick my knuckles pulling them out.

Thanks for looking.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 04:44 AM

very nice cabinet and really good idea.

-- rick

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 05:55 AM

Love it, time to upgrade my simple 2×4 with holes

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 06:54 AM

I like it. Projects for the shop are always welcome. Thanks for sharing your work. I’m also fan of french cleats, and Wood Magazine. I couldn’t live without them!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 08:00 AM

Nice cabinet Plantek.

Good thinking about being ableto replace the panel.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 04-25-2011 02:39 AM

plantek—I have one of these under construction now … just needs a molding for the door and sanding and finishing.

Like you, I deviated from the plan when it came to the door. The plan calls for 1/4” plexiglass (heavy) in a rail and stile frame with mortises a 1/4” wide and only 3/8” deep. Maybe I’m overly cautious, but I think that is just too much weight to put on such a skimpy joint. I built a half-lap, pegged door frame with a 3/8” x 3/8” rabbet and 1/8” plexiglass.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 04-25-2011 02:51 AM

neat idea

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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