Yet Another Router Table Project #5: Back to WOOD working

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Blog entry by ww_kayak posted 04-19-2008 07:25 AM 4866 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After my slight diversion into metal working, I’m back to working on the wooden parts of the router table…

Gluing up this face frame was pretty straight forward, however the frame is made from cherry from my own property, and that’s just plain cool :). Even though it has been air drying for a couple years, I have a feeling it still has a pretty high moisture content (no meter). This piece is quarter sawn and has some real nice ray fleck.

Face Frame 1

Face Frame 2


Here again I was able to use some of my own maple for the edge banding? around the plywood drawer fronts. It has a couple of knots, but hey… it’s shop furniture.


Drawer Fronts II


I added some hardware to match the “miter bench” and gave it couple coats of Danish oil. Once the table is complete, it will server double duty as support for the miter saw.

Danish Oil



On to the top…

-- Tom, Central New York

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#1 posted 04-19-2008 09:29 AM

Great looking design and beautiful job. Is the upper right hand compartment going to have a lift out tool board? Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 04-19-2008 12:39 PM


This is coming together nicely. You have used a nice combination of woods in the construction and it looks like you will have plenty of storage space.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-19-2008 01:13 PM


Really like the layout, and so well done for shop furniture. You guys continue to blow me away with your talents. By the way, the knots give it character.

-- JJohn

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#4 posted 04-19-2008 01:26 PM

Nice job,

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 04-19-2008 01:29 PM

wow nice job tom . way cool to use your own lumber also . i think those knots would have made nice natural edge drawer pulls ! lol great job

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#6 posted 04-19-2008 01:57 PM

wow thats coming out nice. I really like the cherry. can’t wait to see the whole thing completed.

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#7 posted 04-19-2008 04:11 PM

Great job. Making shop furniture is a great way to get back into it.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#8 posted 04-19-2008 04:13 PM

Looks great. Nice and precise.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 04-19-2008 08:20 PM

Thanks guys,

Yes, that is a lift out tool board, it was a last minute design change. I’m not sure how useful it will be, but I sure did waste alot of time on it ;). I can honestly say that everything I’ve done for last few years has been practice. I built a barn and a shed to practice my framing, and milling, for the “real” house. I made the bench for storage so I had the room to make the router table so I could practice making cabinets by making “shop” cabinets, so I can … :)

-- Tom, Central New York

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#10 posted 04-19-2008 08:45 PM

Great cabinet, and great blog, thanks for posting, the pictures were very clear, and Iloved the idea of using your own wood. How did you mill it? Chainsaw mill?

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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#11 posted 04-19-2008 10:44 PM

Thanks Yettiman,

I looked at a chainsaw mill, but ended up buying a full blown bandsaw mill because of the amount wood on my property. That way If I ever lose my job I can still build my house or sell wood ;)

BTW, related to your insurance question, I was told that my insurance company would cancel my policy if they found out I had a bandsaw mill. @#*&^%$! insurance companies!

-- Tom, Central New York

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#12 posted 06-27-2012 01:53 PM

Just checking out all your ambitious projects. A bandsaw mill is to die for..LOL! Just an xpression of envy. But it probably excedes your insurance policy coverage? Can see if it can be seperately covered? The insurance companies also don’t like woodburning heat in these situations. Had an aquainance ho made cabinet doors in volume. Lots of saw dust. Suggested he get a woodburning boiler? Said insurance wouldn’t cover any wood heating devices.

I have the same old craftsman table saw. LOL!

Are you going to build a building to dry the lumber?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 06-27-2012 01:55 PM

Oh yeah I’m assuming A.D.D. means attention deficit disorder? Have it myself. did you know that Thomas means twin?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 06-27-2012 02:26 PM

Wow, 1529 days ago. Timely post though, I just moved my unfinished router table out of storage in preparation for the new shop. I having concrete poured next week, FINALLY. Basically my “garage” was becoming a little too professional for a residential neighborhood (I like to work late), so I… bought commercial property?... NOPE, 45 acres in the middle of nowhere.;) Looks like the “10 year plan” was just about on the money.

I’ve also seen the shiny object that is CNC. So, I have been pretty heavy into electronics and started building my CNC Milling machine. I’ve also found myself spending way more time than expected (years) on renewable energies. The new house/shop is off grid with solar power, solar hot water, biodiesel, rainwater harvesting, gardening… no I’m not a hippy, but the cost of grid poles was so high I said what the hell. I’ll still have everything I need for a shop, but I don’t need to pay the utility company :)

-- Tom, Central New York

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#15 posted 06-27-2012 03:34 PM

Suggestion? Go all the way commercial and set up a business. Just have to make and sell stuff. You build damned nice small buildings. :-) Could get a gopher to help?

You are already on your way. Me too got to go do my job that pays! Later?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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