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Blog series by sIKE updated 1966 days ago 8 parts 24432 reads 55 comments total

Part 1: Starting on the Cabinet

2171 days ago by sIKE | 6 comments »

I am very excited about this project as it is the last major one before I consider the build out of the shop complete. I have a big honkin Hitachi M12V, a Router Raizer/Xtreme Xtension kit, and an Original INCRA Jig ready once this rig is built.

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Part 2: "My" Cabinet is done

2166 days ago by sIKE | 8 comments »

This weekend I got the cabinet assembly completed (basically). Still have the drawer construction and that install, dust collection, electrical, Router Raizer mods, the top, and its fence(s) to build out.

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Part 3: The Electrical Work

2160 days ago by sIKE | 9 comments »

Got back in the shop this afternoon and after two trips to the orange box I got all of the electrical work done. I am very happy with how it turned out. This is a custom piece much different from Norm’s plan. The switch is from Grizzly, I have the 12/2 wire on hand, the rest is from the orange box. Total outlay about $38. The switch works great even though it is mounted sideways. Here is a view of the internals.Below the switch you can see I finally got the 17/32nd drill bit in and star...

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Part 4: Bit Tray's and Cabinet Door are Done - well almost

2155 days ago by sIKE | 9 comments »

Worked on this last weekend and got back on it today. When I worked on it Sunday getting the door in place I quickly realized that a previous mistake, the left inside panel for the tray cabinet was key stoned with the top tilting in. This left a major gap on the right hand side of the door. The case was glued and brad nailed so I was very afraid to take it back apart to fix it in the first place. So I thought about it all week while in Nebraska and came up with how to fix it. It worked out...

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Part 5: Drawers and Trays are done

2153 days ago by sIKE | 6 comments »

Got out today and get the trays for the left hand side of the cabinet redone, I found a real cool piece of the ply for the drawer/tray fronts. I also got the three drawers for the bottom of the cabinet done. Tomorrow, I am gonna get out there and get the handles on the trays and get the drawers and drawer slides mounted. That should just about finish the cabinet base done, and I can start on the design and layout of the top. Much there I need to figure out.

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Part 6: Woohoo the Router Cabinet base is done

2152 days ago by sIKE | 4 comments »

Well I got out late this afternoon and put a couple of hours into the base cabinet an got it completed. I still need to do a bit more adjusting the drawer slides. I am also one knob short on my drawers gonna have to make a run to Ikea and get me another pack of knobs. Next up is the top and fence. I am leaning real heavy towards a phenolic plywood top if I can’t get the crown out of the butcher block top I picked up at Ikea for $10. I gotta see how that goes. It is gonna be a bit...

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Part 7: Router Table Top Design

2142 days ago by sIKE | 3 comments »

I have been working out the design for the top for my router cabinet. I am going to build the fence as per Norms plans, the outside slots. But I am also going to use an Incra Original Jig and fence system, the T-tracks sitting behind the router plate. The design of the cabinet is not offset for the Incra Original jig , so I had to make the back bulge out about 5 1/2” to accommodate jig and it’s base panel. I have been thinking about modifying the bulge so it is attached to ...

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Part 8: and Finally the Fence

1966 days ago by sIKE | 10 comments »

I have had the cabinet completed for sometime now, and had the Incra Fence already. However it is not a general purpose fence, one that you can attach feather boards and such to. I need to be able to keep my work flat on the table for my current project (Sliding Dovetails) so I am now having to build this guy out. Having read about the complaints about the MDF swelling after a period of time I have decided to finish mine out with paint. I went to the BORG and grabbed a can of a off white spr...

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