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Router bit wall cabinet from scraps

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 09-24-2012 08:05 PM 3640 views 17 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having recently sold my router table due to space constraints at ground level I was left with the problem of storing my router bits safely.

The above wall cabinet is a result of a free plan from WOOD magazine. The only alteration to the original design is the fact I have used two doors instead of one as per the plan. This was initially because the sheet of plexi glass I had was not wide enough to span the single door frame in the plan, however the two doors have worked out better for me in my small shop space.

The cabinet carcass is made from scrap 3/4” birch ply left over from our recent kitchen remodel, the door frames and back board are salvaged from the packing crate my thickness planer arrived in. Even the hardware was found in the hardware bin.

It is the first time I have used a drawer lock bit to create the drawer joints, kind of fiddly to set up and I had to review the “how to” section of the MLCS webpage (thanks MLCS) to see how it was accomplished but I think the results were worthh the effort. I used 1/2” birch ply for the drawer boxes.

Hope you like it.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan





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Gshepherd

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 09:06 PM

Darn nice looking cabinet and it will be real handy. Your saw blade till looks scary, I can just see the ex tripping and hitting her head on that. Off to the shop I just got inspired for a new project…...

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#2 posted 09-24-2012 09:32 PM

Im in need of one of these and I really like your design. Thx

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 03:27 AM

Form, function and pine….thumbs up :)

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 06:16 AM

Nice work David. Looks great from here!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 09-25-2012 06:25 AM

David that is great bit storage

I need to take your lead

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 09-25-2012 07:07 AM

Thanks for the kind words fellahs, I like it because it didn’t cost me a bean to build! even the plan was free.

Thanks again.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#7 posted 09-25-2012 11:54 AM

Looks good david…what issue of wood mag was the plan in? sure need to build one for my bits..keep up the great work.. steve

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#8 posted 09-25-2012 11:58 AM

There is a 100% chance I would rip my face open if I stored my saw blades like that. I love this cabinet though.

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#9 posted 09-25-2012 12:59 PM

Nice looking cabinet, practical and functional – very nicely done.

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#10 posted 09-25-2012 01:01 PM

Neat solution. Is the next project to build a router table or will you make the blade storage comply with Health and Safety?!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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bluekingfisher

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#11 posted 09-25-2012 04:24 PM

Steve, I didn’t find the plan in the magazine, here is the link to the plan http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-plans/full-service-router-bit-cabinet/

Lumberjoe, Only space I had available I’m afraid, no issues with face contact and blade storage as yet. as long as they ain’t spinning I’m not concerned ;-)

JR45 I sold the RT because I bought a shaper, the blade storage is another WOOD magazine plan only problem is my blade collection has grown since I built it. Maybe I’ll look for some cotton wool and an over head guard ;-)

Woodworm – thanks for the kind words.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#12 posted 09-26-2012 01:07 AM

Excellent craftsmanship. Good design and detail as always. Thanks for posting.

Tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 09-27-2012 08:36 AM

Thanks for the kind words Tom, pleased you liked it.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#14 posted 10-12-2012 07:15 PM

Excellent craftsmanship.

-- Ed Carlinville IL

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bluekingfisher

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#15 posted 10-15-2012 07:58 AM

Thanks for the kind words Edward, much appreciated.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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