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.
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.
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.
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.
During the construction I added some glue to all the joints.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To hold the tools in place I used a few short pieces of dowel glued into holes I drilled on the shelf.
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.
Here I added a cross member to help the drawer from racking.
And finally I added the drawer slides to the shelf as well as the case.
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.
I decided to added a drawer front using maple. I fastened it to the sliding shelf using pocket holes from the under side.
To keep the sliding self from racking when opening it, I only added a single drawer pull in the Center.
Here I attached it to the wall using some 3″ screws making sure it’s level.
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.