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Project by Kean posted 06-12-2013 02:38 AM 1761 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally completed this today. The design is an amalgamation of a number of different plans, adapted to fit my needs.

  • The cabinet is 3/4 maple plywood salvaged from another project that went bad.
  • The top is made of two layers of MDF, 1 layer of hardboard, maple edging and laminated top and bottom.
  • The lift is a Rockler branded Jessum Rout-R-Lift that I got a a very good price when Rockler stopped selling them.
  • The fence is a Benchdog Profence (Amazon.com)
  • The blue T-track is Rockler T-track
  • The combination miter slot & T-track is Benchdog. (Amazon.com)
  • The combo casters/Leveling legs are Benchdog. (Woodcraft, I think)
  • The switch is from Grizzly Tools
  • Door handles are Ikea
  • Hinges and magnetic latches are from the Blue home center.
  • The router is a Bosch I had hanging around not being used (I prefer my Porter Cable for hand held work)

And, just because someone is sure to ask: Why are the doors green? The original project was painted with green milk paint and I was too lazy to repaint them. :)

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.





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robscastle

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 06:27 AM

OK nice work on the router table Kean.
So now that you have pointed it out, what is behind the green doors?
Why is there three of them?
What decision process did you use to hinge top one on the left?
Why did you choose Ikea handles?
What happens if you use your table with the green doors open?
Where is the credits for the original green project?

Apart from that frivolity it looks like a well constructed project, dust extraction considerations?

Regards

Robert Brennan

-- Regards Robert

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 07:50 AM

Nice set up, should serve you well.

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

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workerinwood

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 12:36 PM

Great job!! Next on my to do list.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 12:45 PM

That’s a fine router cabinet and it will do wonders for your efficiency.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Kean

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 01:11 PM

Rob, Ha! Ok, lets see here:

Top door is access to the lift mechanism, router and dust collection
Bottom two doors are simply storage compartments holding assorted routers and router accessories.

There are three because that’s how the plan they’re from was laid out and I liked it.

Re: Hinging the top one on the left. Instinct. I’m right handed, therefore I naturally reach for the handle with my right hand, so, handle on the right. Really, I have no idea. I just did.

Ikea Handles were left over from the drawers on my workbench and were cheap (a dozen for less than $10) yet sturdy.

Re Open Doors: Top one, I get covered in sawdust. Bottom ones, I bang my shin on it and hop around the shop on one foot cursing the idiot who left the door open.

The original green project was done years ago, long before I discovered LJ. It was a set of three break down chests designed to conceal rubbermaid plastic totes at medieval reenactment events. They failed only in that they were HEAVY and difficult to transport. Their replacements, the Mark 2 design, will be up here on LJ, hopefully within a week or two, they are almost complete.

Dust extraction is twofold. The middle space has a 4” dust port at the back and the fence has a 2.5” port built into the back of it.

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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moke

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#6 posted 06-12-2013 05:16 PM

Looks very functional and will make a great addition to your shop. Lifts are expensive even if on sale, but I have to say, it was one of the best additions to my shop.
Mike

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BuzzBate

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#7 posted 06-14-2013 06:58 PM

All these post about Router tables are making me jealous. I need to get on the ball and quit just printing out plans and storing them in a folder.

Nice build.

-- "Drill as many holes as you want. We have plenty of putty."

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