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Forum topic by ScottKaye posted 05-20-2015 10:43 PM 742 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2015 10:43 PM

Im in the process of drawing up a set of plans in SketchUp for a router cabinet to use with an Incra 27×43 offset table top. I have a few ideas running through my head on what Id like to do with the cabinet, but I don’t want to crowd out the router either (PC 7518 Clone in a Woodpeckers PRL lift ). So what is the absolute minimum clearance you would leave for the compartment that houses the router/lift combo. I plan on using a Plexiglas door or other like door with air holes drilled through to help counter the negative chamber effects you get when you hook up a dust collector. I’m guessing that if I left 2 or 2 1/2” all around (left and right side as well as bottom) that should be sufficient and might actually improve chip removal out the back of the cabinet. I’ve looked around on the web and some router compartments on other peoples cabinets are down right voluminous! Should I really make mine as big as others have.. say 6” all around?

Scott

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#1 posted 05-20-2015 11:00 PM

Absolute minimum would be just touching the router or pretty darn close to it :)

Depends on design and how you need to access the router – just make sure you have enough clearance to get to the thing and do what you need to do. I’d say more is better… but don’t go overboard!

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 05-21-2015 02:06 AM



Absolute minimum would be just touching the router or pretty darn close to it :)

Depends on design and how you need to access the router – just make sure you have enough clearance to get to the thing and do what you need to do. I d say more is better… but don t go overboard!

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 05-21-2015 11:44 AM

I would say that with dust collection (as stated in original post), the smaller the better.

Without dust collection, or if you won’t always have it on…you need to consider heat build-up and avoid crowding the motor. If you can leave your “door” open any time you’re not using the dust collector, then “probably” not a concern.

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#4 posted 05-21-2015 01:03 PM

Heat “build up” is not a concern if you DC has any kind of cfm (400). A two cubic foot box will be completely recycled over 3 times a second.

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#5 posted 05-21-2015 01:23 PM

About the size of the lift plate plus a little. You have to be able to access the bottom of the lift plate to mount it and you need room to adjust router in the mount and the lift plate.

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#6 posted 05-21-2015 05:26 PM

I built Norm’s table from his plans with some modifications to the top and putting casters on it. Mine has the Woodpecker PRL, and woodpecker LS-120 Positioning system. I’ll measure my opening tonight and let you know and I think it’s been a good setup and been running for 10+ years now.

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#7 posted 05-21-2015 06:06 PM

Given the relative cost of a replacement router to the top & cabinet, I would leave more space rather than less as you never know what technology might be available (or how it’s packaged) when it’s time for a new router.

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