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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 1008 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

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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.

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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!

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So.

Progress.

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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