Quintuple function workbench, shop cabinet…….blah, blah, blah

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Project by Routerisstillmyname posted 11-06-2011 07:18 PM 4892 views 15 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’ve been meaning to muffle the compressor noise for some time. This thing being so loud that when it’s on, I have to leave the neighborhood.

While I was at it, I decided to make a multi function setup to accommodate the tools and other miscellaneous junk scattered all over the place.

So, the project started with slick in mind but as soon as I ran out of so called good ply sheets, in came the crate junk ply and whatever scrap ply I could get my hands on and join together.

And as usual, I decided to go for a third incarnation of my router table.
First, ( having become firewood to make room for a huge workbench combo that I needed for a large California king size bed project. ( and now the workbench that has to go to make room for this, that and the other.

It has 5 swivel double lock Polyurethane casters rated at 220-pounds each (I don’t believe it) but even at half of that, that still gives it over 500 pounds weight capacity. I prefer poly on casters when dealing with heavy projects. They keep their form longer and are easier to move around.

Since I almost had to take out a second mortgage to buy few sheets of Chinese junk ply, I decided to skimp on drawer slides and rough it out with no rails. But, the drawers are made of same pseudo 3/4 and the bottom is 3/8 plus support beam. They should handle some weight.
With the extension wing open, the workbench capacity is 7 feet long. That gives me good assembly coverage.

Compressor compartment doesn’t have any drain hole since it’s light enough for me to take it out once in a while and drain it. And also, I didn’t see a need for air intake. I can always leave the door slightly ajar if I had to during long usage. I use the router switch to turn the compressor on/off when I need to use it.

Any Heaux, The result is not so slick but useful multi functional ……space saver ;-)

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#1 posted 11-06-2011 07:22 PM

Very nice! I love the swivel on the hose caddy.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Michael J

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#2 posted 11-06-2011 07:41 PM

Very nice! I was thinking of building something very similar. Where did you get the brackets for the folding tables?

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#3 posted 11-06-2011 08:39 PM

Router, that is a functional design I’m gonna have to stea..uh, ‘incorporate’ into something similar. Like you, hombre, I have a small garage shop that is further cramped by my wife’s insistence on parking her car there (I know, right?), and all my gear is on wheels to tuck away, like Tetris blocks, once the work’s done.

Michael, I’ll bet Rockler has those folding table gizmos.

-- Leland, OC California

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#4 posted 11-06-2011 09:33 PM

Smashingly brilliant! Those of us with small (and Wife occupied) shops should look at this very seriously. Anything with more than 2 uses always gets serious consideration in being added to the shop.

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#5 posted 11-06-2011 10:12 PM

Good job on making this unit.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 11-07-2011 04:48 PM

A great banger. I like how you re-purpose your tables into the next generation of shop tools.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 11-07-2011 05:24 PM

great job I really like it. It gives me some good ideas on the one I’m planing for my new shop.

Michael they do indeed carry those at rockler and they hold up to 750lbs. per pair

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#8 posted 11-07-2011 05:57 PM

How about heat buildup when the door is shut?

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#9 posted 01-08-2013 04:13 AM

Good idea to box the compressor. Mine is on a platform with casters I push out of the garage and close the door. Inelegant, no craftsmanship involved, I know…. hehe

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#10 posted 07-06-2014 09:08 AM

Anything to muffle the compressor. Did you insulate the box the compressor is in? Seems like that could help make things quieter.

Nice job, too bad you didn’t have enough of the good plywood to finish that last door but I like it.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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