Router table reclaimation #1: Concept, design, and taredown

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Blog entry by RandyMarine posted 03-14-2009 03:23 PM 1658 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, this is my way of getting my ideas out and get some solid advise.

About 3 weeks ago my daughter, who is 2, tore the false fronts of her $60 Walmart dresser. This is just what I needed. I started thinking about building her a good dresser. However, to this point I have only built one project (my drafting table that I will post soon).

As I started looking at designs for dressers, I discovered all called for dove tail joints. This revelation scared the crap out of me. So, I called my uncle, who is a expert furniture maker, and asked his advice. He explained to me that a box joint would be a good a way to get started in furniture making. As well as a good way to work up to doing dove tails. He also told me I could buy a dove tail jig, but after looking at the cost (anywhere from $120.00 to $600.00) I decided to start with box joints.

I joined this site and found some great examples of box joint cutting jigs. Most were for the table saw, however, I own a Ryobi folding contractors saw that doesn’t have a regular miter gauge slot. I did find one that was made and set for a routing table. (Thank You, Wingstress!) But, that meant I need to build a routing table…Isn’t it funny how one project brings about 3 others? Well, I guess in the beginning.

I decided the old dresser shouldn’t go to waste. I (by coincidence) found this might actually make a great routing table and cabinet.

Three nights ago I started taking measurements and sketching out the details. This is one of my favorite things to do, and I usually spend a lot of time on it. However, I figured this was a need now system.

Two nights ago, I got the basics worked out and starting the prep phase. I decided that I would chop about 6 to 8 inches of the bottom of the carcass, and reinforce the outside with a exoskeleton of red oak. The carcass has a white oak laminate and I figured the mix of red and white oak colors would make a nice looking project. Even though it is fake.

Yesterday, I started the taredown of the dresser. I found that the base of the carcass was not what I thought it was and had to be cut off completely. This left me with only the top and 2 sides of the carcass.

I also found that without the original base I was going to need to reinforce the inside of the carcass itself as well. So, I pulled out some construction pine 2×4’s and ripped them down in both directions to give me 3/4” x 3” peices for the inside. I set them aside to see if they would warp or twist.

I had already made the router table top last weekend, now I need to laminate it, add the groove for the router plate, and miter slots.

I will post my pics and progress later today. Thanks for reading.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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John Gray

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#1 posted 03-14-2009 05:00 PM

Good start, please keep us posted?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-14-2009 07:09 PM

Another joint that you might want to consider is a locking rabbet joint. This is a joint that is almost as strong as a dovetail joint and can be constructed solely on the tablesaw.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-14-2009 07:43 PM


Thank you for the Info. Do you do a locking rabbet joint with a regular blade or dado blade?

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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