Router Table (Pt. 5)

I started assembling the carcase last Wednesday, and finished up this weekend. At first I thought I would have it done in a day, but I always seem to underestimate how much time waiting for glue to dry consumes. It was worth it though, because if I knock on any of the panels I get a nice hollow ringing sound (signifies sound joints). I must admit, that at first I was a worried about the carcase assembly, because I don’t have a lot of casework under my belt. In the end, it was very strait forward an uneventful, because I took the time to do two separate dry fits.


Assembled Carcase

Sunday on the other hand was far from enjoyable. I learned two things Sunday afternoon that I won’t soon forget. One, no retail store (around me) carries drill bits sized in 32nds above 1/2″. I was to lowes, Menards, Home Depot, Farm & Fleet, Ace, True Value, even my local Rockler store, and none of them carry 17/32″ bits, let alone a brad point.  Two, who ever decided router bit shancks should be 1/4″ & 1/2″ in diameter should be slapped across the back of the head. Imo they should have been 15/64″ & 31/64″, that way You could use 1/4″ & 1/2″ drill bits to make holes to hold them.

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  • Dan
    February 12, 2010

    Fantastic upgrades to Norm’s table. I just purchased a cast iron top so I need to narrow things up a bit. Would you be willing to share your Sketchup file?

    • Dan
      February 13, 2010


      Let me do some asking around, I’m not sure if the changes I made to Norm’s plans are significant enough to be considered an original work, and thus something I can publish.

  • Matt
    May 12, 2014

    Dan –

    Did you ever decide if you would share your Sketchup files? If not, could you at least share the overall dimensions of the cabinet and the dimensions of the internal compartments?

    BTW and FWIW, Norm (or whoever) has a copyright on their plans (i.e., their paper or PDF plans as published) but not on the design of the router cabinet. Copyright doesn’t extend to the functional design of an object.

    I tried to send this privately via the Contact Me link but it doesn’t work – says something about a server error.


    • May 13, 2014

      Hi Matt,

      I’m still not publishing the SketchUp files, as i want to avoid any potential problems. I can however give you the overall dimensions, the Internal dimensions are really up to you.

      It’s 34″ from the floor to the bottom of the top, the casters are 3-3/4″ high. The case is 32″ wide by 23-3/4″ deep. The top is s-1/4″ thick by 36″ wide by 26″ deep.

      Thanks for the heads up about the contact form, It was an issue with my caching plugin and it’s fixed now.

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