and I mean literally – we’ve had a snow storm here, and the garage is covered with more than a foot of snow.
It was blazing outside and the high winds were blowing snow all over the place. my garage is unheated, but neither of those stopped me from making the most I could with an open window of time I got this weekend.
I caved in, and ordered an Incra router plate for the top when they just posted the phenolic version on sale for $35 (they had a 10% off last week). I really like the magnalock concept, but wasn’t about to spend $90 on a plate (their aluminum plate is priced that way)... anyways to make story short. I can’t continue with work on the top as I’m waiting for the plate to arrive so that I can make a template, and install it in the top.
Instead, I undid the face frame, and replaced the shelf under the router which was originally a masonite sheet with a full 3/4” plywood for some added ridgidity, and also to seal the router enclosure better for DC purposes. then I glued and screwed the face frame back on. and added triangular bracket on all the corners which will secure the top in place later on.
Originally I was planning to use the router table to make the drawers with dovetail joinery and test my incra-jig while at it. but since I had this time window today, and no router table, and no top to work on (waiting for plate) I decided to forgo the dovetailed drawers idea, and make use of the 1/2” plywood scraps I have, which also helps clear some more space. I’ll use dovetails for something more meaningful in the future :)
I installed all the slides, and then started making the drawers. so far I only have 2 as these are all different heights so I’m limited with the amount of automation I can use.
I used is simple lock-rabbet joinery for the drawers, and went REAL simple on it since it’ll have drawer fronts to cover it all up. I just wanted something fast that will hold the drawers well:
then I covered both TS and router cabinet with masonite sheets, and it was glueup:
At these temperatures, glueup takes a bit longer.. but then again – I’m not sure when I’ll get another time window to continue this – I’m pretty sure it’ll be glued up by then :)
I’ll take the clamps off tomorrow though.
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.