Upgraded Router Table

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Project by Bricofleur posted 02-19-2011 12:09 AM 3798 views 27 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since in small shops like mine storage and work surfaces are always an issue, I came up with a great solution to store my growing collection of router bits, to organize workpieces while milling them at the router table and to get more surface area when changing cutters.

As shown on the pictures, the router bit cabinet is hinged on the side of the router table, towards the front. The door of the cabinet is nothing more than the shelf itself which is also hinged to a spacer over the cabinet. The shelf that is supported by the swong out cabinet (at about 45° for best support) is 16” wide (same as router table top) X 17” long, including the 2-1/4” spacer.

To build this addition I used 3/4” MDF and 2 shorts of piano hinges. The router bit nests are made out of poplar and are held in place with only one screw at each end (no glue), so they can be changed according to my collection of router bits, if needed.

By the way, this 13” high X 9-1/2” wide X 2” deep cabinet holds 55 router bits (1/4” shanks).

If your shop is as small as mine and you encounter the same issues, I hope this upgrade will inspire you.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 12:39 AM

Another great design. Keep up the good work.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 01:01 AM

Very nice layout. Bit and bushing holders look great.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 01:19 AM

Serge—Nice addition!

Did you use bushings of some sort in the bit holders/nests, or did you just drill appropriate sized holes in the poplar?


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 01:30 AM

Great design! More surface area, storage, everything handy … sweet! Thanks for sharing. Play safe.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 01:44 AM

That’s nifty Serge. Does your router ever get hot in that enclosed area? Just wondering. I see some totally enclosed, some partially, etc.. Mine is open right now, but, been thinking of enclosing it. Just a little uncomfortable with the heat factor

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 02-19-2011 01:55 AM

Very well organized. Nice idea for the shelf support/bit storage.

No problem getting rid of the chips!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 02:34 AM

thats a cool addition idea

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#8 posted 02-19-2011 04:28 PM

Great job!! I want one.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 02-19-2011 06:58 PM

Serge, as always your projects have such a clean look to them. Well done. Your are the Master when it comes working with MDF. Hope all is well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 02-19-2011 07:39 PM

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, guys.

@Gerry: No bushing. I drilled 1/64’’ oversized holes for the 1/4’’ bits.

@Roger: Not too much heat down there. The enclosure is 13’’ X 14’’ X 15’’, which I consider large enough for this 11 amp motor. And since I’m no professional, the router is much longer OFF than ON. I have this table for several years and I can’t complain about the heat. Lately I made these two tiny router tables and the unclosures are much smaller, 11’’ X 11’’ X 9’’, but I shouldn’t have any heat issue since the routers are much closer to the edge. Besides that, these are dedicated stations, which should be used only time to time.

@GaryK: I would certainly like to have chip collection inside the enclosure. But as you mentiioned, no problem at all on the top.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#11 posted 02-20-2011 06:48 PM

nice design
I like that you also have a dedicated spot for those guide bushings as well
Good job
I’ll probably copy some of that.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Eric in Central Florida.

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#12 posted 02-21-2011 05:58 AM

Beautiful work as always Serge.

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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#13 posted 02-21-2011 06:12 AM


With every project you post, I have more and more respect, admiration, and … frankly … awe for your talents.

That’s a beautiful table !

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 02-26-2011 07:43 PM

Serge, your projects are an inspiration to us all.
You are my woodworking hero.
Thanks for sharing, and all you offer to our community.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#15 posted 02-27-2011 02:53 PM

You made a wonderful table there.
All your thoughts and details always shines through.
It’s not a routertable it’s a Serge, you are the man.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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