Router Cabinet

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Project by klipper posted 05-03-2011 07:01 PM 3449 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought the Sommerfeld router table and decided to use their plans for making the cabinet. I used Birch plywood for the sides and shelves. The face frame, door and drawer fronts were made from Ash, while the drawer slides were made from Poplar.

Using the Sommerfeld cabinet system made the project easy for me. But the thing that blew me away was the coloration of the Ash. This was my first project with Ash and I had no idea of the coloration. If you look closely at the pictures you can see the grain of the wood pretty clearly. But then there is this banded coloration that you could mistake for grain, but it isn’t. It runs completely independently of the grain and, in some cases, perpendicular to the grain lines. I don’t know if this is common with Ash or not. Anyone know?

The cabinet is on locking wheels to make easy to move around the shop. I have enjoyed using it and have gotten comments that it looked too nice to be in the shop. What is wrong with having something look nice in the shop?

-- Best Regards, Dennis

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#1 posted 05-03-2011 08:26 PM

Beautiful table. It’s not that your shop doesn’t deserve nice furniture – it’s that a lot of people don’t have time to make nice things for the shop and still be able to make nice things with the shop. As they say, some people have a shop so they can build stuff, others build stuff so they can have a shop :)

I agree that the grain and colors of your ash look awesome. It looks like part of it is the transition from heartwood to sapwood… but I’ve never worked with ash before so all I have to say is that it looks great!

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#2 posted 05-03-2011 11:29 PM

Sharp table

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 12:08 AM

Impressive! I am a firm believer that shops should look nice.
Well done.

Thanks for sharing


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#4 posted 05-04-2011 07:32 PM

Great system you have bought and built. Summerfelds tops are amazing. I have 4 or 5 of his bit systems and love them. I also use the have 2 tritons and love them. His feather boards are interesting as well and they work well.

Great work enjoy!

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

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 10:13 PM

Looks awesome!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#6 posted 05-05-2011 12:57 AM

Awesome job!! I am jealous.

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