Build a router table #1: The cabinet

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What I wanted to do with this router table was to make it inexpensively and using simple techniques. It’s all made with 1×3 pine boards and 1/4” plywood. Next week’s video will be all about the top and fence.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 895 days ago

Good loking table. I need to make me one.

-- David, Center,Texas

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#2 posted 895 days ago

Steve wow, big guy that is one great routa tablul. You have made a nice one. I will be sure and stay tuned for the top. Thanks for all you do. You are my Friday wood fix.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 895 days ago

making it look easy as usual Steve!

-- San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 895 days ago

steve steve steve….................... you da man, but, man, lotsa krazy things can happen with a nailer that close to yer eyes that have no protection…........and at the table saw…..(I’m shakin my index finger at cha)... Yea, I’m one o them safety nutz… git dem glasses on man ..plzandthnx OH, and a very nice router table comin along

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 895 days ago

This may be your best yet. REALLY nice router cabinet! Looking forward to the top and fence.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 895 days ago

I have been throwing different ideas around for a router table, and a rolling work/storage area as well. I am definitely going to put this at the top of the list for design ideas.
Almost everything that I have seen from you so far has ended up being something that has either helped answer a question I didn’t know how to ask, inspired an un-thought-of project, or put me in better standing with my gal…and sometimes all three at once. (I owe you)

Thank you for posting, and I look forward to the next episode!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#7 posted 895 days ago

dude – SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY – put the $hit on and keep the fingers away from your work. Also, that toggle switch – man, spend the $20 and get a router table switch from Rockler, you are going to bump that light switch and your hands are going to be in the wrong place at the wrong time…

Thanks for the video but please – SAFETY

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#8 posted 895 days ago

Hey Gabe, wow, someone else with a knitwit in the family! Thanks for sharing those projects!

Yeah, I tossed around a LOT of ideas for a router table before I came to this one.

Roger…safety glasses for a pin nailer? Really? Ken…the switch is pretty simple to operate and bumping it in an upward motion where it resides seems nearly impossible.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#9 posted 895 days ago

I like it a lot.
Looking forward to the next episode.

And Norm would be proud of your air nailer skills…lol

-- Having fun...Eric

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#10 posted 895 days ago

Great design there Steve. I don’t want to jump on the safety wagon, but i have to agree with ken_c on the switch. Don’t use that switch on the front of your table, unless you put a cover over it. I’d recommend you use one of those bump switches. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to shut everything off when your hands are busy.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#11 posted 895 days ago

Steve, I have been watching your videos since you started making them. I’ve seen your talents and skills morph into what they are now. You have grown tremendously. Great job as usual.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 894 days ago


I hate to say it, but I think you just jumped the shark. That looked way to much like Norm…

Great video though!

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! -

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#13 posted 894 days ago

Steve, great porject. I like how you use the air nailers a lot. I have one I hardly use, fine woodworking plans dont use them much. So I never think of it. But for shop furniture glue and brads is plenty strong especially the way you built this cabinet.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 894 days ago

oh and i like your very practical fram and panels.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 894 days ago

The problem I have with this is mass! My router table is made of 3/4” plywood throughout. I think the frames and 1/4” plywood are very strong (maybe as strong as 3/4” ply) but it doesn’t have nearly the mass. The more mass you have, the less vibration and movement.

Since you are using plywood, have you thought of routing a 1/4” groove in the center of the frames and gluing the plywood panels. I think this would lead to even stronger construction. With plywood, you don’t have to worry about the panels shrinking or growing with humidity changes.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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