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Project by DIYMontreal posted 09-19-2018 05:10 PM 1231 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a month ago I posted the router table top and fence I made. Well, this week I finally finished the base cabinet, and I couldn’t be more happy with it.

I made the cabinet out of 3/4 plywood and assembled with pocket screws. The drawers are made of 1/2 plywood, with the 2 big bottom drawers on soft-close metal slides, while I made wooden slides for the tiny top drawers where I store the router tools, bits, push blocks and such.

Watch the full build video for more details: https://youtu.be/oGA4ZlJptrw

-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal





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pottz

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#1 posted 09-19-2018 05:15 PM

wow looks like christmas morning and you got a bunch of new tools.nice looking cabinet and well organized,now you just gotta dirty it up a bit-lol.nice setup.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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pottz

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#2 posted 09-19-2018 05:20 PM

wow looks like christmas morning and you got a bunch of new tools.nice looking cabinet and well organized,now you just gotta dirty it up a bit-lol.nice setup.great video also.

- pottz

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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majuvla

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#3 posted 09-19-2018 05:31 PM

It’s like from some woodworking magazine -every woodworker’s dream. You’ve done wonderful photo shooting too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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fivecodys

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#4 posted 09-19-2018 06:27 PM

Nicely done sir!

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 09-19-2018 08:00 PM

Stellar job on building the router cabinet and top…..Looks really good…Did you put a finish on it, or is that yet to come…? The red and white combo looks nifty….You done good….!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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DIYMontreal

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#6 posted 09-19-2018 09:06 PM


wow looks like christmas morning and you got a bunch of new tools.nice looking cabinet and well organized,now you just gotta dirty it up a bit-lol.nice setup.

- pottz

I know, it’s too pretty, I don’t want to get it dirty lol

-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal

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DIYMontreal

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#7 posted 09-19-2018 09:07 PM

You mean nicely done ma’am! ;)


Nicely done sir!

- fivecodys


-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal

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DIYMontreal

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#8 posted 09-19-2018 09:09 PM


Stellar job on building the router cabinet and top…..Looks really good…Did you put a finish on it, or is that yet to come…? The red and white combo looks nifty….You done good….!!

- Rick Dennington


I haven’t decided if I want to put a finish on the cabinet or if I need one. Pros and cons?

-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal

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#9 posted 09-19-2018 09:19 PM

Wow, that’s inspiring. Beautiful and a super useful shop tool/station.

Is the top 2 layers of plywood or MDF? Then Formica/Wilsonart?

Thanks for posting.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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Rick Dennington

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#10 posted 09-19-2018 11:07 PM

I would put a finish on it just to protect the wood from drying out…..There are several good finishes like BLO, poly, Danish oil, Shellac, or Tung oil….Any one of them will work, and it’ll make the wood grain really pop…..!!

Stellar job on building the router cabinet and top…..Looks really good…Did you put a finish on it, or is that yet to come…? The red and white combo looks nifty….You done good….!!

- Rick Dennington

I haven t decided if I want to put a finish on the cabinet or if I need one. Pros and cons?

- DIYMontreal


-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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DIYMontreal

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#11 posted 09-20-2018 12:54 PM

The top is indeed 2 layers: 3/4 plywood on the bottom and 5/8 melamine on the top.
So far it is dead flat with a nice slick low friction surface, so the plan is working out. :)


Wow, that s inspiring. Beautiful and a super useful shop tool/station.

Is the top 2 layers of plywood or MDF? Then Formica/Wilsonart?

Thanks for posting.

- BigMig


-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal

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GR8HUNTER

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#12 posted 09-20-2018 02:03 PM

when I dream at night about router tables this is the one in my visions …. very well thought out …. love the extra room in it for more toys ….. LOL GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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fivecodys

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#13 posted 09-20-2018 03:02 PM



You mean nicely done ma am! ;)

Nicely done sir!

- fivecodys

- DIYMontreal

Yes I do. Please forgive my ignorance.
But either way, you did a fine job!

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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BobHall

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#14 posted 09-20-2018 03:59 PM

Outstanding video! I especially like your simple explanation of drawer installation. I think I can actually do it now (my first drawers were an epic fail!) .

-- Bob "jack of all trades, master of none"

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Shamb3

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#15 posted 09-30-2018 10:08 PM

I love the design with drawers that look large enough to be useful. I really need places to put my tools.

I am in the middle of building this right now with only some minor changes. Probably be done by next weekend.
I am not sure how long melamine I can buy at the store would last, so I went with the 2 layer MDF and laminate option.

I built the cabinets first, to make sure i had a place to screw down the top to before winter. Last time I struggled making lots of rookie mistakes making a top. I let it sit on my not flat bench too long and it warped.

Thanks for making the video / cut lists. It helped a ton.

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