Router table cabinet

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Project by nwbusa posted 05-06-2013 08:09 PM 79349 views 56 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second effort at a router table cabinet—I didn’t plan the first one very well, so the bottom half (with drawers) was donated to my table saw:

So anyway, the cabinet is built from 18mm (3/4”) Baltic birch plywood, edged in western maple. Drawers are made from 12mm (1/2”) BB, and faced with 4/4 roasted maple. I haven’t decided on a finish yet. Probably will go with a satin poly or something similar.

I also need to finish up the dust collection chute for the router compartment. But it’s functional as is.

The top is a cast iron Bench Dog table, 32” x 24” and that sucker is heavy, about 100 lbs. The cabinet is mounted on Lee Valley 4” swivel lock polyurethane casters, so moving it around the shop is easy. I made it to match the height of my bandsaw table, so I can use it for outfeed support if necessary.

This almost wraps up my shop furniture projects, so now I can move on to building more stuff for the house… which will make the wife happy. :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 05-06-2013 08:29 PM

Very nice. I am waiting on a General Cast Iron table that was ordered last July. I bought it because it would have a bigger router plate to hold the Woodpecker plates. Still waiting on it as the realized they didn’t make the opening big enough and had to make entire new batch of them.

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#2 posted 05-06-2013 09:14 PM

nwbusa....Wow…that’s a great looking router table ! Please don’t take offense but I’d like to make a suggestion …You may want to consider drilling a couple small holes in the clear paneled door. That way you can draw air through the holes to improve the dust collection. My router table (similar but not as nice looking as yours) has a door with plexi panel. I found without the small holes, the enclosure with my router was starved of air flow…I have 3 evenly spaced 1/2” holes across the bottom of the door, which is in-line with the port hole in the back….Your situation may differ. I have a 2-1/2 port for a shop vac as dust collection on my router table

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 05-06-2013 10:18 PM

Thanks guys. kdc68… good suggestion, and I thought about doing that before I installed it, but I’m going to try running it for a bit to assess the air flow situation. If needed, I will drill the holes. I’m going to be changing dust collectors soon so that will also be a variable to consider.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#4 posted 05-06-2013 10:27 PM

Very nice. Did you make the fence or is it purchased?

-- Matt, Arizona,

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#5 posted 05-07-2013 12:01 AM

Thanks Matt. Fence came with the router table top. It’s a Bench Dog Profence.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 05-07-2013 12:27 AM

Beautiful!! I like your shop layout too.

-- What you listen to is your business...what you hear is ours.

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#7 posted 05-07-2013 12:42 AM

Thanks, HM—that is high praise, coming from you. Your work is amazing! A humidor is on my short list of projects, and if it turns a tenth as nice as yours I’ll be pleased.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#8 posted 05-07-2013 02:51 AM

I love it!!
Does that table top come with a router lift? If so what kind is it? It looks like a Dewalt router in there.Right?

I have that same 6” Grizzly jointer and love it!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 05-07-2013 03:41 AM

Thanks Jim. The router plate (or lift) is sold separately by Bench Dog. I think that Rockler’s plates/lifts also fit, as they own BD. And yep, it’s a Dewalt DW618 in there. My Grizzly jointer is an 8” model, but I agree with the sentiment :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#10 posted 05-07-2013 01:07 PM

very nice, and your shop is immaculate!

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#11 posted 05-07-2013 01:57 PM

NNWUSA....I love the table. I have been looking at the Bench Dog router table extension that attaches to the table saw. Did you consider that option? I am slightly torn on rather to have it attached to the table saw vs. a dedicated workstation

-- Jerome, Marietta, GA

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#12 posted 05-07-2013 03:18 PM

Thanks, guys. Jerome, I originally did consider the TS wing options, but with my saw (left tilt cabinet saw) the motor access door would interfere with the router placement on the left side. And installing it in the right wing was not an option because I have a 50” fence with extended sidefeed support table. So, I was kind of forced to go with a stand alone router table. The upside is that the router table surface is larger and dust collection is better. Downside is obviously the additional floor space required.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#13 posted 05-07-2013 03:51 PM

Cast iron….man oh man. Great job, great shop, my friend.

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#14 posted 05-07-2013 04:04 PM

great looking router table….

another + side to having air holes in the door, is that you can get some air flow across the router itself and keep the motor cool.

shop is way to clean…. you need to make some chips :^)

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#15 posted 05-07-2013 04:27 PM

I admit it—I’m a compuilsive shop cleaner. I work out there almost every day, so believe me, plenty of sawdust gets generated. I just can’t stand a messy shop (or dirty motorcycles, but that’s another story…)

Thanks for the nice comments!

-- John, BC, Canada

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