|Project by GrumpaJeff||posted 01-12-2011 09:16 PM||2460 views||8 times favorited||14 comments|
I needed dedicated cabinets for these two tools and choose to build my own. To be honest I did sort of rip off Bench Dog by taking rough measurements at the Rockler store for the router cabinet. The miter saw was my own thoughts. Each is 3/4” cherry ply with Zebra wood drawer fronts. All the casework is heavily corner braced to remove wobble. Both are at 35” height to match all the other cabinets and run out extensions in the shop so all the work pieces can be supported during build-up. The router lift and tabletop are Rockler purchases.
The finish on all three piece is General Finish water based poly on the sides, three coats of Tung oil on the door/drawer fronts. The dust port in the center has a high gloss poly to facilitate cleaning and dust extraction.
Some have asked why use exotic woods on my work pieces. The simple answer is it looks good but more importantly it gives me the opportunity to work with and evaluate some of these woods for experience. I am a novice having only ramped up my work product three years ago.
The third cabinet shown is Mahogany that I built for a friend of mine who has a lathe machine and does turnings for my projects. Kind of a trade of talents. As can be seen each case gets a little better in design.
The cost on each cabinet is about $185. One sheet of 3/4” ply, drawer stock and one board of the exotic wood for the drawer fronts plus hardware. Special tops for router table or miter saw are extra.