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ToddOH

4 posts in 1934 days


1934 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: router cabinet

Hello all.

First post here after lurking for a while. I’m a complete newb to woodworking and find it to be an addictive and enjoyable hobby.

I’ve built myself a router table using (2) 24×32 pieces of MDF glued and screwed. Laminated on both side. Routered for a combo track ant t-track for the Rockler fence I bought on sale. I’m using a Jessem router plate to hold my Bosch 1617evs.

I’m getting ready to build a cabinet to support it. I’m looking for advice on what to use. 3/4” plywood, particle board or MDF. I’m planning on building a carcass and using 1×2 red oak for a face frame. I will cover the outside in a thin red oak ply or veneer to make it appealing to the eye. I could also make the whole thing out of red oak ply but risk the chance of messing up and having it cost me dearly. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

-- Will you remove my splinters?


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cabinetmaster

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#1 posted 1934 days ago

I’d use some birch plywood or the MDF if you are going to veneer it. The MDF would make the cabinet a lot heavier than the plywood. Search on LJ’s for router tables and you will find a lot of nice ones posted here. Welcome aboard.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Waldschrat

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#2 posted 1933 days ago

I agree with cabinetmaster, use the plywood, its lighter and probably will stand up to more abuse, as it is more or less made out of solid wood, and not wood pulp.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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HallTree

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#3 posted 1933 days ago

Any photo’s of the router table?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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ToddOH

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#4 posted 1933 days ago

No pics yet bit I’ll get some.

-- Will you remove my splinters?

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ToddOH

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#5 posted 1933 days ago

Here are a few pics of the top. My first effort with a router.

Router Top


-- Will you remove my splinters?

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HallTree

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#6 posted 1933 days ago

I like it, nice job.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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gjd

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#7 posted 1933 days ago

Great looking table top. i think Cabinet masters’ advice is really sound. There are some really fine router cabinets that other jocks have done. I would also go the plywood route.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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ToddOH

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#8 posted 1933 days ago

Thanks for your help guys.

-- Will you remove my splinters?

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Chris

338 posts in 1955 days


#9 posted 1932 days ago

Nice looking top – I would expect you’ll do fine on the cabinet.

-- Chris

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