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The Router Table and Cabinet Blog #5: Construction Complete

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Blog entry by chazmonro posted 2318 days ago 1075 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: The Construction Part 5 of The Router Table and Cabinet Blog series Part 6: Done and Done »

Ok guys well here you go, the completed table… Its not installed next to the saw yet, I just finished it up… take a look and let me know what you think.

in this first pic you can see the completed table… its DEAD LEVEL Finally! I just hope it stays that way…
Yes that one drawer front is wrong… oops… thankfully its a shop cabinet.
Done Table

Here is a modification I made to my original sketchup plan… I made two little baskets for the wrenches and collets and then instead of drilling all those holes I used the foam rubber stuff.
Bit Storage

The rest of the drawers were made with whatever was laying around the shop and some old drawer slides I got out of some desks we tossed at work.
drawers

This is a bad photo of the inside, I didn’t put the 45 degree slopes in yet, I am not sure I will, I might run it for a while first to see how it works… If I need them I will put them in later. The router has room to spare… I did rout the cable out the back after I took this photo.
inside

Do you like the shiny chrome knobs on my router table? So do I… I found a box of these in my grandfathers basement… have no idea what they are, I’ve used them for knobs now on two shop cabinets, they take a 3/8 bolt… I’m thiinking thats overkill for a knob… anyone have a clue what these things would be for. I’m thinking small knuckle joints on a tractor or something.
Knob

Flex-i-Kins

Thanks for looking, I can’t wait to get this baby next to my saw and all hooked up and leveled up to the saw top… its going to be sweet.

-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]



11 comments so far

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trifern

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#1 posted 2318 days ago

Wow! Now that’s what I call a funtional piece of furniture. It is very well thought out and executed. Nice job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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GaryK

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#2 posted 2318 days ago

That’s great! I wish I had thought of those little basket/bins in the drawers!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2318 days ago

Chuck,

Finally!!!! This is a very nice router table. I like the design of the table and the storage that you have built into it. The router bit trays were a nice idea. Too often, and I am guilty as charged, the bits are simply tossed into a drawer where they bang into each other. This way they are separated and readily available.

I am thinking about building one of these and using it as an excuse to convince myself to spend the money for an Incra jig. What are the dimensions on your table?

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

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Kevin

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#4 posted 2318 days ago

I second GaryK. The basket/bins in the front of the drawers is a great idea.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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chazmonro

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#5 posted 2317 days ago

Scott… go check out the second post in this blog series, its got the original design… the whole thing came about when the incra tops kept sagging due to the weight of the router lift. Over time the table got worse and worse so finally I thought I should do something… this is what I came up with.

http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/chazmonro/blog/2305

Thanks guys… the bins really came out of the fact that the foam rubber is only so big and there was a bunch of wasted space in the drawer, so I thought I would make a little bin at the front of each drawer for the wrenches or collets or whatever (not bits) and since the whole thing is plywood, I just nailed up a few small pieces of 1/2 inch and bam, it took me like no time at all, and I think it is a great little addition. There is even room behind the foam rubber, I could put little bins back there too for… see I don’t know, thats why I didn’t make bins back there.

-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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John Gray

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#6 posted 2317 days ago

Great job I love the knobs. Maybe this will get me going and finish putting mime together.

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

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Blake

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#7 posted 2317 days ago

It’s looking really good. It’s not really necessary to be level though, just dead FLAT! But it doesn’t look like you’ll have a problem with that anyway. Great idea to use those bearings as knobs. You will love having the new tricked-out router table.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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GusRod

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#8 posted 2317 days ago

Hey! I know what those things are! They’re flex-i-kins! No … not really. At first glance I thought you were using old trailer hitch balls (a novel (?) idea …) but they’re too small for that (I think).

That’s a great job. I’m building my own router table too and I will use your idea of bins for spare collets, etc. Never can have too much storage space!

-- Nothing says "I love you" like a new saw blade.

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shaun

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#9 posted 2317 days ago

Sweet router table Chuck, I like the router bit storage and the baskets for the wrenches. Nice idea.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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toyguy

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#10 posted 2317 days ago

That is one nice looking table. Love the storage spaces….. The mini trailer hitches are cool too.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 2308 days ago

Very nice design, & craftsmanship. You should get many years of use out of it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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