My Router Cabinet Upgrade #3: Added a power switch, a drawer, and hid the cable

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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 03-08-2011 02:01 PM 1115 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Phase 1 - beefing up the bottom partitiong and enclosing the sides with plywood Part 3 of My Router Cabinet Upgrade series no next part

While it’s been a few weeks since my last post, I’ve made some progress. <pictures>

I installed a Rockler paddle power switch on the “end” of the cabinet. It was a fairly simple matter of taking the jig saw and cutting a hole through the outer wall of the cabinet, then drilling a hole for the cable to come through. I attached the switch box to the inner wall and used the space between the two walls to hold the surplus power cord.


Because of the configuration of the switch box, you have to cut the hole bigger than the face of the box. I trimmed it in some scrap redwood that I had.


Next was a drawer to hold the plunge-router body for the Freud as well as a Ryobi router. Typical drawer, butt joint at the end, 1/4” dado for the bottom and 3/4” dado for the front piece all held together with mini X Miller Dowels. Heavy duty rails installed and voila, a drawer. Of course, as I”m taking measurements for the drawer I discover that the innards of the cabinet aren’t square. Sigh. However, they’re square enough for the drawer and slides to work so onward through the fog we go!




Next step? Sketchup the upper-level divider to include an air-flow channel and router bit drawers.

Any comments are welcome.

Thanks for reading.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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