|Project by Bricofleur||posted 02-19-2011 12:09 AM||4319 views||27 times favorited||17 comments|
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.
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