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MattyMattAg

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84 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet router table

This probably seems like a very basic question, and that’s because it is.

I’ve been woodworking for a couple of years now but have never really attempted to make any cabinets. I have decided to build my own router table, and for the base I figured it would be neat to make a cabinet with sliding drawers.

Does anyone have any accessible resources that might help me learn the basics? I have browsed the archives here and on Fine Woodworking, but get bogged down because there is so much and I don’t really know where to start.

Thanks for any help and I am really appreciative of this community!!

-- If Jesus was a carpenter, what better profession could there be?


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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 84 days ago

Something like this?
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/95834

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MattyMattAg

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#2 posted 84 days ago

Mike,

Yes, but on a larger scale. The cabinet design I choose is going to be the base to my router table and the base to my TS extension.

I’ve made simple cabinet bases before, like the one for my chopsaw… just a top, base, and two sides. But what I need is to understand how the inner workings of a cabinet work. How the design works when factoring in drawers, doors, etc.

For some reason, when I picture a cabinet base with drawers and doors, I envision a clothes chest of drawers but on a smaller scale.

Sorry for the rambling, but just putting thoughts on paper. I might just need to head out to the garage and start trying things out. Bottom line is I want a router table and want a rolling base… everything else will be a learning experience!!

;-)

-- If Jesus was a carpenter, what better profession could there be?

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 84 days ago

Check out my blogs. Garage makeover, our buffet, and Lee and Shelley’s wet bar. Lots of pics and details. Maybe you will pick up an idea or three. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Arthur C. Peterson

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#4 posted 84 days ago

http://www.tomclarkbooks.com/Practical_Shop_Cabinets.html
Get Tom’s book Practical Shop Cabinets. It was the best money I ever spent.

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#5 posted 83 days ago

There’s not a whole lot to cabinets; they’re just boxes with whatever features the builder would want to incorporate.

My personal preference is frameless (euro) cabinets.
You get more overall storage space and don’t have to deal with face frames.
And adding drawers and doors is very easy as you simply deal with the dimensions of the openings and outside of the cabinet boxes.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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gmc

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#6 posted 83 days ago

As Arthur said, spend rhe money to get Tom Clark’s book. It is the best information I have seen on how to make cabinets, simple or complex. He shows you how to make cabinets from shop made to a nice desk etc.

-- Gary, Central Illinois

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 83 days ago

I promise you that you are building up a mental roadblock for yourself. Basic cabinets are not that difficult especially if you have a table saw. However, even if you don’t you can even build nice cabinets with a portable circular saw and straight edge (straight pc of wood). You can use a router and a straightedge to cut dados. For your first cabinets I would use drawer slides with rollers. Lowes has a couple of decent books for beginners for building bookcases and cabinets. Just tear that roadblock down and build you a cabinet. Then build another one after that. Best of luck to you and may you always be happy in your work.

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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doitforfun

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#8 posted 83 days ago

^^^ exactly! Dive in head first!

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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MattyMattAg

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#9 posted 83 days ago

Thanks guys… and again, thanks for the encouragement. Ordered Tom’s book this morning and wish it was already here!!

As you might have noticed from my other thread, I’m without a TS currently… sold mine in the garage sale last weekend, getting exactly what I paid for it 2 years ago. Wife is letting me upgrade and picking up my Grizzly 0690 next week in Springfield, MO. Wife is happy as it means she gets to see her folks, and I get a new TS!!

I’ve got some 3/4” ply laying around, so am going to play with that over the next few days. I’ve got a circular saw and a long-edge jig to make straight cuts and a plunge router for the dados.

Going to be fun!!

-- If Jesus was a carpenter, what better profession could there be?

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MT_Stringer

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#10 posted 83 days ago

“I’ve made simple cabinet bases before, like the one for my chopsaw… just a top, base, and two sides. But what I need is to understand how the inner workings of a cabinet work. How the design works when factoring in drawers, doors, etc.”

The cabinets I have built (buffet and wet bar) are based on the construction method that Kris Reynolds uses in his custom cabinet business. Check out the videos he has on You Tube. I like his videos because, there’s no BS’n or rambling. He is straight to the point and concise. His method of construction is fairly simple and easy to understand. This is how I will build my kitchen cabinets.

Good luck with your project. Here is the link to his first video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3uOkMK4UqM

Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MT_Stringer

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#11 posted 83 days ago

Here is another video by a different cabinet builder. Slightly different methods, but just as effective. And his presentation is good also.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_2727307461&feature=iv&src_vid=Nt1wy_Ge3gI&v=Nt1wy_Ge3gI

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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