Router Table #4: cabinet frame started

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 12-25-2009 02:14 AM 4107 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Simplifying and Completing the Design Part 4 of Router Table series Part 5: Half Throttle - Cabinet is Framed! »

Started last night, I remembered that I forgot (go figure) the glue in the garage last time I used it (in the summer) so I went to bring it into the house so that it can defrost overnight as I planned on using it today.

I got out of the house today and it felt so nice… kinda warm… 32 degrees (F, 0 degree C) didn’t even need gloves. amazing what a couple of weeks in 12F can do to you.

I was planning to have most of the long weekend dedicated for this project, but as things seem, this may not be the case anymore. I was contemplating whether to even start this, as I don’t want to have to leave it half made, but ended up starting it after all.

I made another view in Sketchup of the carcass parts, printed it out, and took it with me so that I can have a reference to work against, and a paper to note things on:

carcass parts view

As it happen, I already altered the height of the parts by 3/8” making it slightly lower than originally planned.

my plywood source is leftovers from past projects, so I’m half improvising. the project I got the plywood from is an old project that was done with a circular saw- it’s quite amazing to see now how unstraight my cut lines used to be… made it quite hard to rip and cut the pieces on the TS this time around. but close enough is good enough for this project. I also don’t have a large enough piece for the back, and will have to make the back from 2 pieces one on top of the other:

carcass construction started

all in all, it’s about half of what I expected to accomplish today, but it’s better than nothing.

I did get to use the triton router freehand, and although it has some things that could use refinement, it does perform very well, and since it’ll be perm. in the table, I think I’ll be ok.

you can also see the phenolic top in it’s planned position (albeit lower than it supposed to be)


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 12-25-2009 02:44 AM

Looks good and I am sure it will turn out great. Looks like you have done due diligence in your planning. I sort of just threw our router table together on the ‘fly’.

I like the part about getting 1/2 done what you wanted to. That is our daily routine. I always end up taking much more time then anticipated. If I say 1 day, then it is probably going to take me 2 days.


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#2 posted 12-25-2009 02:48 AM

Good start ,happy holidays Sharon

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#3 posted 12-25-2009 03:01 AM

sweet, can’t wait till it’s done!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 12-25-2009 03:09 AM

Looking good.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 12-25-2009 03:20 AM

Thanks for sharing your progress so far.

And I know what you mean about the weather today – comfort sure is a relative thing.

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#6 posted 12-25-2009 05:09 AM

I’m in Eastern Mass and your felt like a heat wave today.

Looking good!!!

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#7 posted 12-25-2009 07:05 AM

Looks like a good start, thanks for sharing the great plans and pictures.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#8 posted 12-25-2009 07:38 AM

Looking forward to the progress and finished unit

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#9 posted 12-25-2009 05:23 PM

Better than nothing indeed. It looks good so far. My new way of looking at woodworking (and everything) this year is to simply do as much as I can in the time I have. Progress is always better than no progress. I fight an immature urge to not do anything if I can’t do everything in one go. Keep up the good work!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#10 posted 12-25-2009 05:26 PM

Nice progress.

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#11 posted 12-25-2009 06:26 PM

This is my favorite stage of a project…..the design is coming together and individual pieces are starting to really look like something. Thanks for documenting it. Looking forward to the next installment!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#12 posted 12-25-2009 06:38 PM

Very nice start. Looks like you are taking your time to get it right. Good luck.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#13 posted 12-26-2009 04:02 AM

Thanks for the comments,

Gary- just like you, I mostly feel that if I can’t have it done in one go – I might as wall not have it at all. sometimes it’s reasonable, sometimes – not so much.

Cory – I like to see design take physical shape, but I hate doing plywood carcass construction. don’t really have the means to handle it, and plain just don’t like it… lol. but the good thing is, it only gets better from here.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 12-28-2009 04:47 AM

Which router did you end up choosing and have you purchased it yet?

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#15 posted 12-28-2009 04:46 PM

Jerry, I went with the Triton – posted it here for what I was looking for, it gave me more while paying less. so far I’m happy with it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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