Router table cabinet

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Project by Dan Nolan posted 09-07-2013 09:17 PM 5794 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my own design of a router table cabinet. It’s all 3/4” berch ply and poplar trim, finished with MinWax stain/poly combo. The top, fence, feather boards, and lift kit are all Bench Dog. I have two doors built to cover the center, but I could never figure out which I liked better: the paneled door that matches the rest or the plexi glass door. Needless to say, neither ever made on to the cabinet (see related picture of doors).

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#1 posted 09-08-2013 12:31 AM

Nice job Dan. Looks very functional. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 01:04 AM

nice work.

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 04:37 AM

Amazing job. Love the design and funtionality of it. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 09-08-2013 05:58 PM

The one thing I need to do to improve it (besides putting the door on) is to hook the dust collection up to the cabinet. It does connect to the fence, but it still piles up inside.

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#5 posted 09-08-2013 07:53 PM

Very functional. Nice job.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 09:44 PM

Very nice. Good use of space.
Let me suggest you never put the door on. Better off without it. In fact, I would suggest you open the back up on the router compartment for better air to the router. One should never enclose a router.

Impressive work. Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 01:09 AM

Coincidentally, I just put an enclosure around a simple router table that I built a while ago—so there is a 4” dust port in the enclosure below and a fence mounted 2” hose. I left some gaps for air to get into the enclosure but am not sure it’s enough. Anyone have any rule of thumb on this?

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#8 posted 09-09-2013 02:00 AM

I have been working on a router table too. I like your take on the single slide out bit drawer and accessories storage. I, like doctorj, would also like some feedback on router enclosure, vacuum and air flow.

-- Kirk

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 11:37 AM

Sounds like a forum topic is on the way!

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#10 posted 09-09-2013 11:50 AM

For those who are interested, I did find a related forum topic that already covers airflow for routers in cabinets. It’s pretty good:

Looks like i’ll either continue to leave the door off the cabinet, or vent the whole thing after adding a 4” dust port to the back for DC.

Thanks for all the views and comments. This was one of my favorite projects to build.

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