|Project by Sandra||posted 06-17-2014 11:45 PM||5105 views||15 times favorited||51 comments|
Last year’s build was my workbench. It was a monumental task for me, but I followed the design and instructions from Ed Pirnik of Fine Woodworking. I like instructions.
So when I began looking for a router table, I was encouraged by my LJ buddies to build one.
Unbelievably, one of my buddies, Doe, sent me a Veritas table top that she wasn’t using, the bench top stand, the fence, plates, crosscut sled etc etc. I was gobsmacked. Anyone who knows Canada Post, knows what an ordeal that would have been for her.
I knew I wanted a full size cabinet, so the rest was up to me to figure out with no instructions. Cue foreboding music.
I duplicated the upper plywood box and attached it with dowels and glue to the top box. I then made a maple ‘frame’ to beef up the two boxes and cover the seams. The two boxes were then placed in a wider base on casters.
The mechanism for lifting the router table was already in place, and it makes bit changes easy. Because I wanted storage drawers though, I had to come up with a way to open the front to access the mechanism. I’m happy with the drop down door I came up with using hinges left from our kitchen reno.
The switch was a dilemma for me, and then another LJ buddy, Eddie sent me a Kreg switch. I had to modify the outside of it with my Dremel, but then fit it into a cutout on the side of the upper box. The router plugs into that, and then the switch’s cord runs out the back of the cabinet.
The drawer fronts are made from a mahogany shelf that a friend gave me after her woodworking father passed away.
For dust collection, I’m going to use a magnetic chute on the edge of the table. I’m going to wait until I see where the dust naturally gathers before I decide if and where I put a port.
The only supplies that I had to purchase were the drawer pulls, slides and a half sheet of plywood.
The cabinet measures 35 1/2” tall.
Thanks for looking.
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.