|Project by jusfine||posted 11-13-2012 03:04 AM||3254 views||9 times favorited||11 comments|
I have two Jessem Router tables, always thought the space underneath the router was a waste, so this weekend I did something about it.
I built a baltic birch case to sit on the bottom of the stand (3/8” top and bottom w 1/2” sides), taking into account the amount the router lift would adjust vertically.
The drawers are 1/2” baltic birch with 1/4” bottoms.
4 1/2” deep, 22” wide and 20 1/2” deep, I used 100 lb Hettich full extension slides (overkill, but all I had here).
Attached some scrap pieces of Peruvian Walnut pieces to the drawer fronts to complete the drawers.
With the offcuts, I mortised a few holes to hold the extra inserts, wrenches, allen keys, etc.
To hold the case in place on the stand I fitted a hardwood piece between the legs and screwed it to each side. This way if I need to remove the case, I can just take out 2 screws on each side. Plus the screws on the wrench holders…
I did add the trim on the top to keep my pencil and tape handy, well, ok, I really added it because the 3/8” top was a bit too flimsy (should have used 1/2” ply) and since I knew I would lay something on it, decided to beef it up. Worked out well though…
Finished the exterior with a light coat of clear shellac, waxed the interior of the drawers.
Loaded up with some of my router bits.
About a dozen years ago, there was a local clearance on Delta Router bits. I bought a couple and when I saw some of the bottoms of the shanks were painted orange, they were made in Italy, and had the same cases as CMT, I went back and purchased a whole lot more….
The price was so good, they were cheaper than most throw-away bits, and now they are a lot closer to the router tables.
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