New Router Cabinet

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 02-17-2010 10:15 PM 3587 views 27 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I actually have been wanting to make a proper cabinet for my router table for a while, and finally got around to it over the past few weeks. The table is just one from Masterscraft but it’s flat and works well for me. It came with a fold up metal stand that moved every time I used it. I needed something more stable, and with some storage for all my router bits, extra routers, and all related jigs and equipment.

I had some left over curly walnut plywood and this cabinet used it up, along with lots of other scrap plywood. The simple handles are curly maple, and I decided on maple to cover the edges of the plywood too. Slapped on a few coats of wipe on poly, added a mobile base, and voila!
I still need to wire in the swtch and am debating a door to cover the router area.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 02-17-2010 10:20 PM

Simply wonderful !

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#2 posted 02-17-2010 10:21 PM

Holy smokes! I’d hate to get that baby dusty! I’d be afraid to put the first ding in the finish!

Absolutely gorgeous. You have put us mere mortals to shame there Ryan. VERY nicely done. This one will obviously serve you well and will likely be a piece coveted by your kids some day!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 10:21 PM

That is beautiful. I didn’t know there was such a thing as “left over” walnut plywood???!!!! That’s like left over money!

Seriously, though, this is an awesome router table.

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#4 posted 02-17-2010 10:28 PM

very nice, looks awesome!

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#5 posted 02-17-2010 11:02 PM

Great job Ryan. Is that your own plan for the table? I see you have a Triton Router mounted in there, I am considering one of the 3 1/4 HP models as my next purchase. Thanks for sharing.


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#6 posted 02-17-2010 11:03 PM

its too pretty to be a router table cabinet!

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#7 posted 02-17-2010 11:23 PM

if that’s a router cabinet, ... you better be keeping it in your living room !! seriously, it’s a real pretty piece that’ll make you proud every time you work on it.


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#8 posted 02-17-2010 11:51 PM

Oh Yeah! Now that’s a router cabinet. Go big or go home. Very very nice.

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#9 posted 02-17-2010 11:53 PM

This could be converted into a wet bar after sunset…nice work…BC

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#10 posted 02-17-2010 11:58 PM

WOW – very nice

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#11 posted 02-18-2010 12:04 AM

Very very very nice! And i was thinking that my router table was nice….....

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#12 posted 02-18-2010 12:19 AM

A work of art, and function.

Go for the door as it will cut down on the noise level big time.

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#13 posted 02-18-2010 12:26 AM

You have built a great looking router table Ryan. The curly walnut plywood really looks very nice. When you make something for your shop it should look like a piece of furniture…no reason not to…It reflects your work.

Many people use clear plexiglass inserts in their router access doors. I guess they like to look at their router or see how the dust collection is doing.

I recently built a new router cabinet and decided to use an all wood door because I personally thought the plexiglass woud detract from the cabinets appearance. Either way, you need to have holes in the door to create airflow to cool the router and to channel the air to your dust collection.

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#14 posted 02-18-2010 12:28 AM

Too beautiful for the shop, nice work!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#15 posted 02-18-2010 12:42 AM

Nice piece! No wonder you called it “Router Cabinet” and not router table.

Question: Did you wife ask you to bring it in the living room? As someone said, you have quite nice left over pieces in your shop.

PS: One drawback: Lower end metal slides on such wonderfull cabinet! (just kidding, of course)

Again, nice job!



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