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INCRA Cabinet #5: Router Table

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Blog entry by Lance posted 959 days ago 4112 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Router Table Part 5 of INCRA Cabinet series Part 6: Router Table »

My INCRA Wheel Kit and Shop Fox 13” full extension drawer slides came in Thursday so I dabbled in the shop installing the kit. I had to return the drawer slides because I think they were to short, so I went up to my lumberyard Friday to pick up some 16” Ferrari Slides for $5.82 pair, considering I paid $9.40 a pair for the 13” ones I think it ended up working out in the long run.

Well I’ve been working here and there throughout the last week mostly applying the wipe on Poly, not really getting much progress on the table until today. I put in a full day out in the shop working on the router table. I cut out the hole for the cored, drilled a hole for the outside cored to come inside the cabinet, installed the router box, installed all the runners for the drawer slides (Pain in the neck), and finally got 3 drawers installed. Through all of that I managed to go on a date with my wife to Outback, we had plans so there was no way around that! lol HAPPY WIFE HAPPY LIFE!!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""



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DamnYankee

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#1 posted 959 days ago

Very nice. I really like the wheels. Unforunately my shop is too small for even a rolling router table. Some day I need to build one into my TS. Until then I will have to keep pulling my router table out from under my workbench. Nice job, I like the overall concept.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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RKW

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#2 posted 959 days ago

Lance, your doing an excellent job. Looks like your not holding anything back, how much do you have invested in this? If i ever get around to making another one i will probably model it after yours.

-- RKWoods

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Lance

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#3 posted 959 days ago

Randy, Thanks bud, I have more in it that I budgeted for. If you’re going to do/build anything, do it right the first time. I’ll have this router for a LONG time so I figured why skimp on anything.

INCRA combo #3 w/ INCRA II router lift and the Porter Cable 7518 – $600 on CL

The Project Build:

(2) 5’x5’ 1/2” Baltic Birch – $60.00
(1) 4’x8’ 1/4” Maple Ply (good on one side) – $34.00
(4) 4/4” Maple 7”x10’ – $2.66 BF (he messed up on a cut so he gave me an extra board)
(1) 4/4 Maple 4”x10’ – $2.66 BF
(2) 3/4”x2”x8’ pine – $8.00
INCRA Wheel kit – $49.95
5 pairs of 16” full extension Drawers – $30.00
Dust Connectors – $20.00
Kreg Screws – $5.00
Minwax wipe on poly and rags – $20.00
Clear cocking – $3.00
1/2” foam – $4.00

The thought of me running into the INCRA router table w/ lift and router on CL….......PRICELESS!!!!!

I’m roughly $330 into the project, but once its done it will be so worth the investment.

Out to the shop I go!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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Cosmicsniper

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#4 posted 959 days ago

Awesome! Okay, now you can use the tools to make your drawers!!!

Make sure you take the time to watch Perry’s videos on everything (several times over) and to work hard to shim up everything properly. It’s not a guarantee that the fence will setup perfectly perpendicular to the table top and that WILL affect the quality of your joinery.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Cosmicsniper

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#5 posted 959 days ago

BTW, you still haven’t paid as much on your table as I have my Bench Dog router extension wing. And when you count the Rockler Router Box I put around mine…well, building a table is very smart if you have the room to spare.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Cosmicsniper

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#6 posted 959 days ago

One more thing. Always have some cheap wood on hand (not plywood) and be prepared to thickness and dimension proper front and back boards for all your joinery. In other words, if you make a box out of walnut, dimension your four walnut boards for the sides and two identical boards using cheaper stock. This is especially important for dovetails, since you’ll get tear out without the sacrificial “sandwich” boards. You’ll need at least one board for the centering procedure anyway.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 959 days ago

Lance,

If you keep on working on the router table, you’re bound to get it finished pretty soon. Stellar job on the build, bud….It’s coming together nicely. Aren’t shop projects fun to build? My favorite things to make…..I don’t know how those INCRA jigs work, and to tell the truth, I’ve never wanted one….Too complicated for an old dog….lol. I’ll just stick with simple…....That’s how I learned it…..:).

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Lance

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#8 posted 958 days ago

Thanks for the advise Sniper!! I’m learning all those things as I go, like the tear out on the rail and stile for example. I put another $40 bucks into it today, keeps on adding up, hopefully I don’t need another can of poly.

Going to start staining tomorrow, should/might be finished tomorrow…. I doubt it though!!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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Lance

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#9 posted 958 days ago

Rick, Thanks bud!

You know I haven’t really used the INCRA like they demonstrated on YouTube, I really just use the Micro Adjust so far. Then again this is my very first woodworking project ever!! lol

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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Adrian A

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#10 posted 270 days ago

So all the weight of the drawers is basically on the front and back face frame? Its not getting any support from the sides?

Have you loaded the drawers with much weight? How has it held up the past couple years? Any sagging or pulling?

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Lance

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#11 posted 269 days ago

Correct, I’ve got a total of 4 Kreg Pocket hole screws plus glue in each supporting arm. It’s held up great, I’ve got stuff in each drawer and they have held up perfect for the last 2 years. No sagging or pulling.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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