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Full-service router-bit cabinet

This accommodating shop cabinet can be hung in either of two ways. You can employ the beveled cleat approach used in Idea Shop 5 for maximum flexibility, or omit the cleat and screw it to any shop wall. Case and door joinery consists of simple dadoes, rabbets, and grooves that you can cut on your tablesaw or table-mounted router. A handy drawer-lock router bit speeds the drawer construction.

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Start with the case
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Square frame of table
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Glue and clamp the case together.
Then drill angled countersunk screw
holes through the top and bottom (B),
and into the sides (A). Drive #8x1 1/2"
flathead wood screws.
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Start with the case

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Glue and clamp the case together. Then drill angled countersunk screw holes through the top and bottom (B), and into the sides (A). Drive #8x1/2" flathead wood screws.

1. Cut the sides (A), top and bottom (B), and the shelf (C) to the sizes listed in the Materials List. Cut 3/4" rabbets 3/8" deep in the sides (A), where shown on Drawing 1. To prevent chipout, back your cuts with an auxiliary extension attached to your miter gauge. Then, using your rip fence as a stop, cut the 3/8"-deep dadoes, where dimensioned. Cut 1/4" grooves 3/8" deep in the sides, top, and bottom for the back (D). When cutting the grooves in the sides, make sure you have mirror-image parts. Finish-sand the parts.
2. From 1/2" medium-density overlay plywood (MDO), cut the back (D) to size. Form a 3/8" tongue around the back?s perimeter by cutting 3/8" rabbets 1/4" deep along its back edges, where shown on Drawing 1. Finish-sand the back.
3. Apply glue to the grooves, dadoes, and rabbets, and assemble the case, as shown in Photo A. Check to make sure the case is square and flat.
4. For those adding this cabinet to the Idea Shop 5 wall-storage system, cut the cleat (E) and spacer (F) to size. Bevel the cleat, where shown on Drawing 1a. Clamp the cleat and spacer to the case, where shown on Drawing 1, drill countersunk screw holes, and screw the parts to the case.

As a convenience to allow you to view this free woodworking plan before downloading it, we now offer a page-by-page review. If you like the plan, you'll find a Free Downloadable Plan link on the last page of the plan. The downloadable plan will have larger, easier to view illustrations than the online preview.


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Comments (11)
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Baldman wrote:

This is a handy idea I built something sort of similar to this a few days ago.

1/16/2013 10:22:55 PM Report Abuse
K. Plante wrote:

I built this a couple of years ago. It's a great addition...

1/14/2013 07:35:25 AM Report Abuse
armstrong.dave.a wrote:

Before allowing me to print, it is asking me to subscribe and get a free one year paid subscription when you buy a year. I already subscribed but still will not let me print, so I understand the frustration of the other comments.

1/10/2013 10:43:40 AM Report Abuse
pogybait wrote:

Reading the comments page makes me think certain people shouldn't be allowed near power tools; the strain is showing!

2/4/2011 03:54:55 PM Report Abuse
jimc48 wrote:

I made this router bit cabinet several years ago using pine for the cabinet, oak for the bit storage racks and oak 1/4" ply for the door panel vs plexiglass. It has worked extremely well and I have had no problems with router shanks rusting.

2/3/2011 08:46:41 PM Report Abuse
Allen Caudill wrote:

do not understand all your problems in finding downloadable plan. I found it very easily and downloaded it and printed it all in less than 5 min.

2/3/2011 08:19:43 PM Report Abuse
wouldbutcher wrote:

yippeeeeeeeeee...after 15mins I found it,,YIPPEEEEEEEE

2/3/2011 04:40:44 PM Report Abuse
wouldbutcher wrote:

I dont know why this site is always so darn hard to download a plan,,YOU CANT EVEN FIND WHERE TO DOPWNLOAD FROM,,,It really kinda stupid..

2/3/2011 04:39:08 PM Report Abuse
Marlen_at_WOOD wrote:

It's on the bottom of the last page of the online preview: Free Downloadable Router-Bit Cabinet Plan

2/3/2011 01:23:11 PM Report Abuse
Marlen_at_WOOD wrote:

Taylon, wood for the angled shelves is what nearly all woodworkers would use, but it does need to be dried. Properly dried wood, in the 6-8% mc range, will not rust bit shanks. Marlen @ WOOD

2/3/2011 11:11:36 AM Report Abuse
Marlen_at_WOOD wrote:

As a convenience to allow you to view this free woodworking plan before downloading it, we now offer a page-by-page review. If you like the plan, you'll find a Click here for a free downloadable plan link on the last page of the plan. The downloadable plan will have larger, easier to view illustrations than the online preview. Marlen @ WOOD

2/1/2011 02:08:01 PM Report Abuse

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