routerless cabinet

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Project by romansfivefive posted 09-17-2008 03:52 AM 2011 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

maybe this is a case of putting the cart before the horse, but I have built a router cabinet for the router that I don’t own yet. When the summer contest opened, i had this idea for using the doors from an old dart cabinet as doors for my new router cabinet. i was looking at a used router at the time.

I decided that i couldn’t afford it right away so these doors have been sitting around in my way. my friend dropped off some pine the other day so I decided to make the cabinet and use it for storage until i can afford a router.

The dart board cabinet origianly had the curves at the top with some old english pub looking stencil on it. I decided to flip them around so they looked like a coat of arms. This is my coat of arms. The Neves family name originates from northern Portugal and Spain. the wolves and x’s were cut out of baltic birch and then glued to the doors. this sides of the doors have little shelves that will eventually hold the different bits. inside the cabinet I came across these parts bins at a yard sale and scooped them up for a buck. the last photo is what i am hoping will start my organizational new leaf. I bought some peel and stick file folder labels (250 for a buck at the dollar store) to use on the bins. while it was still in a roll, if ran it through the bans saw to cut the whole roll in half . I put half the roll in the box and held it in place with a dowel that I ran through the box. then i made a little slit in the box to run the labels through. I keep it closed with a rubber band and keep a pen in it via the pen sized hole I drilled in the top. now when ever i place something in a bin, i have pre sized, self adhesive labels and a pen handy enough that i will label it right away… that is the idea anyways. I will see how well i do with it.

So until the tooth fairy’s lumberjock cousin the router fairy visits me, I have router cabinet space for rent at a very attactive rate… if that doesn’t work, I am also considering starting Rob’s home for abandoned routers and bits. In the worst case senario i can store my wife’s tomato corer in it til next fall.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#1 posted 09-17-2008 04:01 AM

Nice job, I love your coats of arms in the shop! Awesome!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#2 posted 09-17-2008 04:08 AM

i just realized that the pic i took one of the doors wasn’t closed completely so it looks like the doors don’t line up. they do, really. I was surprised that they did, but they do.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#3 posted 09-17-2008 04:17 AM

I love it when I see someone recycle and object and use it in a shop project

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 09-17-2008 01:00 PM

A great job of recycling, & a great idea for your labels. I have to start labeling my drawers, because I can never find

the right drawer for what I’m looking for.

Check out the pawn shops for a router. They always seem to have routers, & pretty cheap too.

We never had any pawn shops in our area, until they opened the casinos here.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 09-17-2008 06:48 PM

A nice use of material untill your router in shining armor comes in. I do like the looks of the front doors, a nice way to use the table or bench?until you get the router for it.

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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#6 posted 09-17-2008 06:54 PM

Nice job,


-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#7 posted 09-18-2008 02:47 AM

Great project and interesting way to incorporate the family history.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 09-18-2008 06:03 AM

Nice looking router cabinet. You did a great job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 09-19-2008 03:35 AM

I agree the coat of arms idea is very cool. Nice job on them and on recycling the doors. Hope that router arrives soon for you and good luck with the shop organization thing, this seems like a step in the right direction.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 04-22-2015 03:26 PM

Hello My Friend! I am Glad that I kept working, and when I found You I was Very Happy! I Love the Coat of Arms! But more than that I am glad that Your Still at it! I will not say any more for now. But I will be getting to talk with You More. Howard (Now OldDutchman2)

-- Saved! And so Gratefull Consider Who Created Us All!

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