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Project by Schwieb posted 08-02-2011 01:14 AM 3244 views 17 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I visited a local hobby woodworker’s shop recently and got inspired to build a Norm Abrams design router cabinet with a few modifications to suit me. It’s hard to improve on what seems to be a pretty well thought out design. It was actually pretty fun to build and has turned out to be a great improvement over how I was doing things before. The case is birch plywood and the drawer fronts, door, and trim are cherry I had laying around.

I really like the fence design with a few modifications and added t – slot tracks. I wasn’t too thrilled with the plastic device they make for the dust collection behind the cutter so I came up with my own. After truing up the adjustable fence it really works great. I arranged the drawers differently and made the well for the router base a little smaller so I could make the drawers bigger. Chip collection is excellent .

I got to thinking about it after I finished it, that this “tool” was worth a lot by the time you put a good router base (Jessem Mast-R-Lift) and router (Porter Cable 7518) in it, not to mention the cutters and other components.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.





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SkolVikes

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 01:22 AM

Nice job! AWESOME shop too!

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Bob, Oregon

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#2 posted 08-02-2011 01:26 AM

I got to thinking about it after I finished it, that this “tool” was worth a lot by the time you put a good router base (Jessem Mast-R-Lift) and router (Porter Cable 7518) in it, not to mention the cutters and other components.

And I think you’ll find it’s worth every penny.

Beautiful work!

-- 73, Bob

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Delta356

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#3 posted 08-02-2011 02:00 AM

Very nice. Never NOT nice. Great job…
You selling…...

How do you like that Rockwell Shaper???, I have been hunting for one of those on my local Craigs….

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 08-02-2011 02:34 AM

Very nice project. Great workmanship too.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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sandhill

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#5 posted 08-02-2011 04:10 AM

Good job I would put that in my kitchen. Minus the router top that is.

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therookie

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#6 posted 08-02-2011 04:16 AM

I want one bad…..... Need a planer more.

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 08-02-2011 10:21 AM

One of the better ones posted here on LJ’s well done! Should last for years and years.

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

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lanwater

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#8 posted 08-02-2011 07:22 PM

Very nice.

I will second the jessem lift and the porter cable router.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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itsmic

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#9 posted 08-02-2011 07:30 PM

Yes Indeedio, A dream machine for sure, Your results are “Norm Worthy” for sure, One of these days, one of these days, thanks a lot for sharing this inspirational piece

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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mafe

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#10 posted 08-03-2011 03:02 PM

That is a really nice router table, and as with all you do every dtail is so well done and well thought out.
I love little details as the cable holders on the back and the open bit drawers for easy use.
Clever and I bet a dream to use.
Congratulation on that wonderful new tool in the shop.
How is the kayak?
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Bertha

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#11 posted 08-03-2011 03:05 PM

Nice box, Dr. Ken. You’re right, these “fixtures” really add up in price once you get some momentum. This one will serve you a very long time. Money and time well spent.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Robsshop

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#12 posted 08-06-2011 04:55 AM

How’s it going Dr. Ken ? Another eye catching shop fixture you have assembled there ! You really have given this popular design a refined touch and I like the fact that You made it to suit Your tastes and needs. I in-fact just finished up a new upgraded router fence very similar to Your own, but haven’t had chance to post it yet. I am sure You are pleased with all the added features this design offers and I am sure something amazing will soon be rolling off its table top !! Once more, great looking work and thanks for the views !.....ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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sedcokid

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#13 posted 10-20-2011 03:22 PM

I have been searching the internet for a router cabinet that I really like and I think that yours takes the cake. So did you purchase Norm Abrams plan or did you just wing it? I like the changes you made!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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