Router Table Cabinet for Bench Dog Cast Iron Router Table

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Project by kbiniowa posted 01-25-2014 11:31 PM 6133 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am convinced that a cast iron router table is “the way to go.” That being said, I purchased one from Bench Dog and I also purchased their Pro Fence. Rather than buy an off the rack cabinet or stand, I combined two plans to create mine.

I used Matt Kenney’s design for the base and as an idea for the table support structure. The cabinet was fashioned after Norm’s Abram’s New Yankee Workshop design.

The base has 5’ caster wheels and is built out of 2” x 3 1/2” hard maple struts glued and screwed to a 3/4” sheet of MDF. Baltic Birch plywood was glued and screwed on the bottom of the base on both sides to support the casters.

The cabinet carcass was assembled using 3/4” oak plywood and assembled by cutting dados and then clamping and gluing the pieces cut to size. A 3/4” strip of oak was milled and glued onto to exposed plywood edges. Drawers were made with oak fronts and soft maple sides and backs. I used dovetail joinery to assemble the drawers. The drawer fronts were ebonized and danish oil was applied to the plywood. Two coats of wipe-on polyurethane were applied just for “fun.”

I assembled the table support structure out of 1 7/8” x 1 7/8” hard maple. The structure is held together with lap joints and glue. I fashioned the dimensions by measuring the support ridges on the underside of the table so that the table is firmly supported. 1/4” floating oak plywood panels were placed on the sides and back of the structure. A dust shoot with a 4” hose connector was screwed into the back panel. The front frame is also made made of maple. It is held together by mortise and tenon joints. The floating air flow panel is painted black and made from 3/8” thick pegboard. The support structure is bolted to the carcass and attached to the table with screws and 90 degree brass holders. Danish oil and wipe-on polyurethane was also used to finish the wood.

I elected to use the Woodpecker PRL-V2 router lift with a Porter Cable 7518 router. I am pleased with those choices!

When all is said and done, this is just one more router table cabinet added to the Lumberjock gallery. I hope this provides someone with an idea of what they might or may not do. Prior to building this, I spent a great deal of time viewing the fine work that you find on this site.

-- Keith - Iowa

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#1 posted 01-26-2014 12:26 AM

This will serve you for years to come. I too am using the Norm Abrams design with a few tweeks of my own and a couple borrowed.
I really like the contrasting drawer fronts and knobs, and the dovetails make it pop.
Great job on this piece

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 01-26-2014 01:45 PM

Great job, looks complicated to me.

-- George R. Forest, Virginia

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#3 posted 01-27-2014 01:12 AM

Wow, that is sweet!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 03:12 PM

Wow! It’s like fine furniture in the shop. Like the color contrast on the woods, very attractive and the dovetails really stand out. Excellent job!

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#5 posted 03-01-2014 06:41 AM

Great job, it’s beautiful to look at not to mention that it’s a great addition to your shop. Congratulations on a fine pice of furniture built by some obviously experience hands.

-- "Well done is better than well said"

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#6 posted 05-06-2016 09:48 PM

So to the OP:

It’s been a couple years since you started this thread.
I am wondering what your impressions are of the cast iron table ???
Do you find your routing is more accurate?


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