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Router Cabinet Redo #1: Motivation & Research

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Blog entry by edwood1975 posted 02-27-2017 04:45 AM 1671 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built a router cabinet and table about 2 years ago and it’s simply a must have tool in my shop . Although it was one of my first shop projects I did a decent job on it but the design failed in a few ways .

You can see my first router cabinet here :

The other day I was I was wheeling it and 2 of the casters fell off , I used the casters that you insert into a leg, the leg cracked and out came the caster.

I also built my own table using MDF and that began to sag where the router was attached .

So my new cabinet will be somewhat different :
1. I’m buying a Kreg aftermarket router table & fence and not making my own.
2. I will be using 3” locking casters that are bolted into the cabinet base and not screwed into a leg.
3. Heavier construction using 3/4” poplar and solid oak
4. The design will be frame and panel construction using rails and stiles made of oak, mortise and tennoned joinery around a plywood panel.
5. I also installed a paddle power switch on my first version but I will be creating a compartment to house all the wires from that and the router itself.
6. The router will sit in a cavity but this time I will build a door with solid oak and use plexiglass to contain the router I’ll probable have to drill some holes to let air into the cavity.

This router doesn’t need alot of bit storage as I built a wall cabinet to house all my routers and bits but I don’t have an storage solution for my Porter Cable dovetail jig and that’s what I will put behind the lower cabinet doors in the bottom of the cabinet

I searched online for some ideas that fit what I need and I found this stile the size will be custom so as that it will fit my router table.

This blog will detail the build step by step and in the end I should have a nice new router table they will be extremely functional and shouldn’t look too bad

Below you can see a sketch up model of what I plan to build

I found this online but I will be making some alterations

-- Ed



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Redoak49

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#1 posted 02-27-2017 12:15 PM

Looking good…..I am starting the planning for mine and will be watching your progress.

How are you going to connect to your dust collector? What are your plans for dust collection plans for on top of the table? I want to attach my dust collector to the side and trying to figure out exactly how to do that.

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edwood1975

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#2 posted 02-27-2017 12:34 PM



Looking good…..I am starting the planning for mine and will be watching your progress. How are you going to connect to your dust collector? What are your plans for dust collection plans for on top of the table? I want to attach my dust collector to the side and trying to figure out exactly how to do that.

- Redoak49

Since I am getting the Kreg fence there is a dust collection port there that will cover dust collection for the top of the table

Since I am going to be changing my dust collection system I’ve not designed the dust collection for under the table, I’m shure it will consist of a hole in the back of the cabinet to jhook into either a shop/vac of something else ..

Thanks for the questions

-- Ed

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Kurt T. Kneller

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#3 posted 02-27-2017 04:49 PM

Here is my router table build
I could not be happier. It has a lift, plenty of bit storage, plenty of drawers and pretty decent DC.

-- Start with ten, end with ten.......

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edwood1975

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#4 posted 02-27-2017 04:58 PM


Looking good…..I am starting the planning for mine and will be watching your progress.

How are you going to connect to your dust collector? What are your plans for dust collection plans for on top of the table? I want to attach my dust collector to the side and trying to figure out exactly how to do that.

- Redoak49

Since I am getting the Kreg fence there is a dust collection port there that will cover dust collection for the top of the table

Since I am going to be changing my dust collection system I ve not designed the dust collection for under the table, I m shure it will consist of a hole in the back of the cabinet to jhook into either a shop/vac of something else ..

Thanks for the questions

- edwood1975


Here is my router table build
I could not be happier. It has a lift, plenty of bit storage, plenty of drawers and pretty decent DC.

- Kurt T. Kneller


Very nice

-- Ed

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bonesbr549

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#5 posted 02-27-2017 05:15 PM

Looking good. Make that top as big as you can handle. I don’t regret that in mine.

Use heavy duty full swivel casters. I really like that. After you get that sucker loaded down with tooling (took me a few years), it will be nice to move in any direction.

I started from Norm’s plans, and modified a bit. I laminated 2 3/4 mdf pieces and trimmed in oak HW, and topped that with formica. That top has been going on since about 2003 (been a long time) and still in great shape.

Precision router lifts are the best. !

Keep pic’s coming can’t wait to watch the progress

https://flic.kr/s/aHsjY6e4rF

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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greg48

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#6 posted 02-27-2017 05:51 PM

Ed, looks like you have put some thought into how you improve your earlier table. I am however a bit concerned with the oak/plexi door to cover the router cavity (even with a few air holes drilled into it to “let air in”. Your router was designed to move a lot of cooling air through it and restricting that flow is probably not recommended.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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edwood1975

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#7 posted 02-27-2017 08:19 PM



Ed, looks like you have put some thought into how you improve your earlier table. I am however a bit concerned with the oak/plexi door to cover the router cavity (even with a few air holes drilled into it to “let air in”. Your router was designed to move a lot of cooling air through it and restricting that flow is probably not recommended.

- greg48

Hi Greg
You probably have a good point !!!! Why is it that i see cavity doors on almost all homemade router cabinets… Do you recommend something else?

-- Ed

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Roger

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#8 posted 03-01-2017 08:52 PM

Good luck Ed. I have one of these in my table, and it gets the dust from underneath and on top very well.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Milescraft-Router-Table-Dust-Collector-DR11601/206520393?cm_mmc=SEM%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-Pro-Services&gclid=CjwKEAiA_9nFBRCsurz7y_Px8xoSJAAUqvKCkUV08p_pD2PdsKp4VezovteGKO8N_PIXU0N1G_x4UBoCvvnw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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