|Project by JohnMcClure||posted 11-11-2016 01:46 AM||675 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
I have a benchtop style router table and was tired of clamping it to a workbench – I hate to keep moving it, and the surface is too high anyway. So I clamped it to a rolling cabinet, but that was too flimsy. So I designed a frame-and-panel cabinet that is absolutely stiff and rigid, and screwed the router table to it.
The rails and stiles are from 1×6 pine ripped to 2.5” widths, standard mortise-and-stub-tenon joinery. The panels are 1/4” maple ply.
Once the panels were cured I mitered the sides and rabbetted the top and bottom edges. I cut a spline groove into the miters.
The spline miter joint is strong, and especially with 3/4” plywood in the top and bottom, the carcase is as stiff as a brick. I put it on casters, which unfortunately have a little play, but putting a 60lb sandbag in the bottom made it acceptable.
The cabinet door is made the same exact way, has a handle groove cut into the top, and is rabbetted to seat nicely when closed. The hinges are self-closing.
The only fasteners in this project are for the hinges and casters – all the joinery is glue.
The Doo-Dah Man on the front is a nod to my mentor, who gave me the router and table. It’s also a practice piece as I practice my photo transfer technique.
Finished with Thompson’s WaterSeal.
After a few weeks of use, I do wish I had put a divider shelf in the carcase. Someday I’ll build a big RT with bit and wrench drawers.