Norms Router Cabinet #7: Router Table Top Design

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 10-16-2008 12:04 AM 8427 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Woohoo the Router Cabinet base is done Part 7 of Norms Router Cabinet series Part 8: and Finally the Fence »

I have been working out the design for the top for my router cabinet. I am going to build the fence as per Norms plans, the outside slots. But I am also going to use an Incra Original Jig and fence system, the T-tracks sitting behind the router plate. The design of the cabinet is not offset for the Incra Original jig , so I had to make the back bulge out about 5 1/2” to accommodate jig and it’s base panel.

Router Table Top Sketchup

I have been thinking about modifying the bulge so it is attached to the cabinet with a piano hinge. Then add a couple of swing out support brackets. That way when I am not using the Incra fence the bulge can be folded down.

The more I use it and the more I like Sketchup and it is getting easier for me to draw things up. Let me know what you think.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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John Gray

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#1 posted 10-16-2008 05:20 PM

I do not know the dimensions of the top you are making?
I just finished a router cabinet (
I have an Incra jig for it so the top is deeper than it is wide. If I had to do it over I’d make the top at least 6” wider and leave the depth the same.
My 2 cents.

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#2 posted 10-16-2008 06:28 PM

I have added the dimensions for the top.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 10-17-2008 03:38 PM

Hi sIKE;

Sounds like a very good top design, and I like the hinge idea.

That bulge in the back could be used for a dust control box. I posted one somewhere, where the sides and top of the box are independent of each other, and reduce the ambient dust by at least 85%

I think the design is very efficient, and really wouldn’t use the router table without it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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