DELUXE ROUTER TABLE
Storage and good looks in a self-contained unit.
SHOP OWNER: Greg Turk
LOCATION: Media, PA
Here are some pictures of my router cabinet. I built this cabinet to hold all of my routers, bits, and related items, and to provide dust collection. It’s mounted on wheels, two of which swivel to allow the cabinet to be easily moved around in my relatively small, 325-square-foot garage workshop.
The cabinet is made from ¾-in. and ½-in. Baltic birch plywood. The top and router insert plate are from Woodhaven, and the fence came from a local store. I modified the top by adding two T-tracks to secure the fence, and I added a box to the back of the fence through which dust is removed.
Where the router is mounted, I installed a 2-in. PVC pipe that extends through and flush with the top of the table surface, under the fence-mounted dust box. A 4-in. duct leads from the back of the cabinet to my cyclone dust collector. It enters behind the sawdust-covered piece of ¼” plywood (mounted on hinges in the back of the cabinet behind the router). This arrangement allows dust to be pulled from the fence via the PVC pipe, as well as through the ½” tall gap between the ¼” plywood and the bottom of the cabinet. I settled on a ½” gap because it seemed to create the right balance of suction between the fence dust port and the router cabinet. The door to the router portion of the cabinet has sufficient gaps to allow the correct amount of air flow for the dust collector to operate properly.
There are four drawers on the left side of the cabinet and three on the right. Three of the drawers on the left are for router bit storage, and all of the remaining drawers are for general storage. There are also two storage areas located behind the two doors on the bottom of the cabinet. The on/off switch is located on the front of the cabinet at the top right, within easy reach of my hand or hip to shut the router off. I use a dedicated 3-hp Porter Cable router. Height adjustment is easy with this router due to its screw action design. I used to use a 3-hp Riobi plunge router, but it would regularly get cocked and bind on the guide shafts when it was raised, requiring me to bump it to straighten it out.
I finished the table with tung oil. Unfortunately, I also finished the inside of the drawers with tung oil, so they smell a little. The smell isn’t too bad now, four years after the finish was applied.
. . . Greg Turk
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