|Project by measureagain||posted 01-09-2016 09:35 PM||1281 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
This is another “work in progress”. It started out as “hey Mom, when you get those new countertops, can you have them hack off the 4 ft. chunk between the sink and fridge and save it for me”? I roughed out a plan using SketchUp. It is 2×4 and 1/2” plywood. I probably spent $300 on the aluminum router plate, T-tracks, casters, UHMW pieces, drawer slides, on/off switch and shop vac fittings. The drawer pulls are routed into the drawer fronts from behind with a cove bit, and then the fronts were attached to the plywood drawer boxes. This leaves me with drawers that do not have any shin-busting pulls sticking out. I bought a set of medical grade, dual locking, casters for about the same money as it would cost at the local woodworking stores. These are way nicer. I can hardly lift one end of the table because it is so heavy, but with the casters unlocked, I can push the table around the shop with one finger. It doesn’t really show in the picture, but I mounted the box with my router bits on the left side of the table, next to the on/off switch. The drawers hold all the jigs and accessories, and each drawer has a different sized tray that holds wrenches, collets, set-up blocks, etc. The Triton router does not require a lift, as it can be adjusted through the plate from above. Dust collection is pretty good with the dual hoses, but I would like to confine the mess even more. Maybe a box of drawers on each side of the router, and/or a denim “shower curtain” around the router to at least deflect the chips down onto the shelf. The Triton has a safety lock-out that requires me to reach under the table before changing bits, so I don’t really want a door or solid panel in front. The real solution would be a real dust collection system with a 4” hose, but I just don’t have room for that.