Router table/cabinet

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Project by brg posted 391 days ago 1310 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Router table/cabinet made of birch posts and frames and birch plywood. Drawer fronts were made of white oak.
Table top is 3 layers of 8mm (5/16”) MDF that was on sale.
Router insert plate is 6mm (1/4”) aluminium from Axminster.

As I am a beginner in woodworking then I usually do something different with my every new project. Sometimes it can result in using not the best and most optimal solutions, but this is my way to learn.
It would have been easier to use plywood for the cabinet, but this time I tried to build with posts and web-frames. Web frames have mitred corners and also the MDF top has edge-banding with mitred corners (also first try). To get more stability and wear resistanse, I added rabbeted oak edge banding into the hole that accommodates the insert plate.

After using it for 2 months I found that the top needed a little shimming to get it perfectly level again. Otherwise I’m happy with it.

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#1 posted 391 days ago

looks good.

Did you add a dust chute to the router fence? I’ve seen similar cabinets, like Norm’s, where they had a Y hose connector that split the hose to the fence and one to the router cabinet. I believe he had angled sides to keep the dust out of the corners too.

Another cool idea I’ve seen is a router bit tray that fits in the drawer. If needed, you can pull the whole thing out and set it on top to see better.

I’m planning on building a router cabinet, one of these days, and I just might steal your idea and keep the bottom open instead of building a typical base cabinet.

again, nice job!

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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#2 posted 391 days ago

Good looking cabinet!

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#3 posted 391 days ago

Looks really great with drawers and all, good job.

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#4 posted 391 days ago

Well done… Great seest to the shop.

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

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#5 posted 391 days ago

Stellar job on the router cabinet…...Now, get it up and running, and make some dust….!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#6 posted 391 days ago

Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#7 posted 390 days ago

Awesome piece of fine furniture! I might be able to talk my wife into letting me put something like that in the house….haha. I hope it helps you make many more great projects in the future.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#8 posted 390 days ago

nice design. I like the look of the open shelves on the bottom

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#9 posted 390 days ago

Excellent addition to your shop
I wish I had the space because it would be a favorite!

-- Greg Simon

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