Router Table Extension Cabinet and top.

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Project by ytsejamr posted 03-18-2009 06:27 PM 19577 views 64 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So continuing in my “too fancy for a shop”, or “over the top” shop furniture . . . I present my router table extension cabinet thing.

I originally had a Rockler extension table that I didn’t like for a couple reasons. But the main issue was that there was all that unused space underneath it. I also of course wanted to add some dust collection underneath it as well.

So my outfeed table has unmatched drawer fronts . . . which means I must continue the theme. So I went with some exotics to get a feel for working with those. There’s zebra wood, lacewood, paduuk and chenchen.

I made the case out of cheap birch ply, and away I went.

I also decided now was a good time to learn how to hand cut dovetailed drawers. Little did I know that it takes a while when you’re doing 8 drawers! They’re not perfect, but I think they turned out ok, and I learned a lot.

The doors are Plexiglas. Oh yeah . . . the face frame and doors are all cherry.

For the dust collection, I split 4” hose coming to the table saw, and send it to the back of the router cabinet. I also split it to 2 1/2” and had it come up through the outfeed table. Now I wanted to have a nice neat look and be able to “cap” this off and still have a smooth top. So a coworker found a chunk of 2 1/2” diameter brass that we took a slice of and polished it up. I had to epoxy a big steel washer to the back so I can use a strong magnet as a “puller” to remove the plug. One of my many mistakes was cutting the hole in the outfeed table in the wrong place. I made it too close to the edge and is was then blocked by the tablesaw rail. Sooooo, after trying to hack my rail apart, I finally decided to cut a new hole and plug the other one.

And, I decided to make a new extension top. I had some pieces of laminate in the shop that I was able to use. The top you see was my second attempt. The first crashed and burned for many reasons . . . we’ll just call it a prototype.

I wanted to put my router bits in the smaller drawers and I of course made them too shallow, so I had to come up with a jig for drilling evenly spaced angled holes in MDF.

Ok, enough rambling . . . there it is.

Crazy table.

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Francisco Luna

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#1 posted 03-18-2009 06:30 PM

LOts of colors, I love that….beautiful cabinet, must be a joy to be aroun that table saw!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#2 posted 03-18-2009 06:38 PM

That’s pretty sweet. Thanks for confessing on the drawer depth – I’m just getting ready to start a new router cabinet myself and now I need to check those drawers. Do the drawers come out easily? I kind of think I’m going to want to pull mine out and set them on the table to select (i.e. ‘find’) the bit I think I own. Looks like your solution worked out though.

-- Chris

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#3 posted 03-18-2009 06:54 PM

Wow,so many drawers, I really so love this cabinet.It’s fantastic.

-- china

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#4 posted 03-18-2009 07:02 PM

That’s outstanding! Those drawer fronts are beautiful. Great work.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#5 posted 03-18-2009 07:04 PM

You know what I would recommend for the bit drawers. Make sure you have full extension slides, then make “inserts” for the bit holders. So you could remove them and not the whole drawer. Kind of like the utensil carrier for a dishwasher. I have 3/4 slides on mine (just because I wanted to try installing them and they were cheaper). I thought about making a removable holder, but just went ahead and put full inserts in where the holes stop 3/4 from the back.

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#6 posted 03-18-2009 07:06 PM

Great set up you’ve got there!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 03-18-2009 07:10 PM

Very nice. Whenever you want to “make over” my shop I’ll send the plane ticket!

-- Chris, South Carolina

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#8 posted 03-18-2009 07:15 PM

Looks great! You can tell a lot of thought went into it.
Thanks for sharing.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#9 posted 03-18-2009 07:33 PM

looks awesome. I was planning on making a stand alone router table, but looking at yours and having a bit of space limitation – maybe an extension router table for the TS is the way to go – thanks for sharing , and for the detailed info!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Jack Barnhill

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#10 posted 03-18-2009 09:38 PM

Great looking router table extension. I have been compiling a list of features for one that I want to add to my contractor table saw. There are a lot of features on yours that will be added to my list. Great work.


-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#11 posted 03-18-2009 09:54 PM

Super Setup.

I see the table saw has casters. Looks like it might be a real bear to move, now!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 03-18-2009 10:04 PM

Nice set up.

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#13 posted 03-19-2009 01:42 AM

One word, WOW.
very nice.

-- R

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#14 posted 03-19-2009 01:53 AM

A great use of space. I like how you have everything situated around the TS. Great build.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 03-19-2009 02:43 AM

Great looking router table! A very nice design that should serve you will. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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