Shop built – router bit storage cabinet! 2

I just recently added a router and router lift to my workshop. I installed the lift in my workbench/miter saw station and now I need a spot to keep all the router accessories organized. I currently have the bits thrown in a drawer which is not even near the router at all and all the other accessories where stuffed all over the shop.

There wasn’t a cabinet ever installed above the router table so I thought this would be the best location. I wanted to keep it small and Shallow so it won’t get in the way of routing and allow room for another cabinet if I wanted to later. Because the router table is deep and the cabinet is going to be narrow, I figured I could make a sliding “shelf” for all the bits that way I could easily see all the bits and be able to reach them by sliding the shelf out. To get a even better view of all the bits I would make the shelf on an angle facing outward.

For the bigger stuff, like the fixed and plunge bases for the router and insert plates for the table, I just incorporate a single shelf. The cabinet will be 10″ deep by 30″ wide and 24″ tall. This will leave enough room at the top to be used as a shelf for the router table fence.

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The case is made from 3/4″ plywood. I started by ripping out all the pieces needed to construct the case. When making the cut list I made sure to take into account a 3/4″ back panel. I wanted the panel to hidden from the sides so I made the sides 3/4″ wider that the top and bottom pieces.

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I then cross cut all the pieces to there final length. I cut the sides to 24″  and I cut the top and bottom pieces to 28 1/2″ so the overall length will be 30″ after assemble.

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I used pocket holes to construct the case. I pre drill all the holes on the top and bottom pieces. I made sure the holes faced up of the top and down on the bottom that way they shouldn’t ever be seen. Here im using my home made pocket hole jig.

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During the construction I added some glue to all the joints.

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To hold everything together I tacked each joint with a nailer before adding the pocket hole screws. I find this makes life a lot easier.

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A great way to add a lot of strength to a cabinet is to use a thick back panel. Here I used 3/4″ plywood which not only makes the cabinet stronger but it also gives you something strong to screw the cabinet to the wall with.

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With the box basically complete, I made sure the cabinet is square by measuring coner to coner.Once I was happy I then  could go back and add all the pocket hole screws.

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Here I add the Center shelf. Note I made it narrower than the case. This well give me a better view of the bits which will be under the shelf.

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Next I started the sliding shelf for the bit storage. This where you can customize it to whatever you want or need. I decided to also include my most used router tools on the shelf.

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For the bits I drilled a ton of holes. I have different sized bit shanks so I made sure I made enough holes for each shank size.

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To hold the tools in place I used a few short pieces of dowel glued into holes I drilled on the shelf.

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Next I fastened two end pieces to shelf making sure to set the self at the 30 degree angle. I did this by first tracing out the angle on the end pieces and making sure my shelf follows the line. Then I could screw right through the end plate into the shelf.

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Here I added a cross member to help the drawer from racking.

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And finally I added the drawer slides to the shelf as well as the case.

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To clean up the look of the cabinet I add ripped some thin strips of maple for edge banding. I fastened the banding to the case with glue and finish nails.

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I decided to added a drawer front using maple. I fastened it to the sliding shelf using pocket holes from the under side.

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To keep the sliding self from racking when opening it, I only added a single drawer pull in the Center.

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Here I attached it to the wall using some 3″ screws making sure it’s level.

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And finally I could load up the cabinet! I love how this cabinet keeps everything at an arms reach of the router table. It was a relatively simple built that was pretty fun to design. I challenge you to build a similar cabinet but customize it to your needs. I’d love to see your version.

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