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I finished my own router table top with the size of 30 x 24. Now I am building the cabinet. My initial plan was to make some mortises on the back of the router table, and make tenons on the cabinet to fit it.

I don't think this is a good plan since I may keep the same cabinet but switch to a new table top after a couple of years. Is there any easy way to put the router table on the cabinet, it is stable and easy to change? Thanks

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You can install a couple of stretchers along the top of the front & rear when you build your cabinet. Mount them inside your cabinet so they are flush with the top of cabinet. Then square up your top with your cabinet & screw thru the stretchers to attach your top to your cabinet. Make sure your screws a not to long as to poke thru the top side. This is just one way to quickly mount the top.

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What James said. This is exactly what I did. You can get an idea of this through the link below.

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I had a bunch of small 90 angle brackets that I got from an old shelf unit I took apart. I used maybe 8 or 10 of them to attach the table to the case.
Makes it easy to replace the table if I ever need to make a new one.

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Hi

The real easy way is to use a T & G router bit set, and make corner blocks to fit into the corners, they hold the cabinet square and a real great way to hold the top in place plus it's a snap to replace the top by removing the 4 screws in the corner blocks..

No need to buy anything extra just use what you have on hand.. the KISS way.
Many cabinet makers use corner blocks in the cabinet sub frame...

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what the stretchers look like? I didn't use them before. Any product link? Thanks

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You can install a couple of stretchers along the top of the front & rear when you build your cabinet. Mount them inside your cabinet so they are flush with the top of cabinet. Then square up your top with your cabinet & screw thru the stretchers to attach your top to your cabinet. Make sure your screws a not to long as to poke thru the top side. This is just one way to quickly mount the top.
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It's just a term. I have heard them called different things. Basically they are cleats added to the inside top of a base cabinet to help with stiffening the case. They can be a couple of inches wide & are the inside width of your base cabinet. They can be installed on all four sides (not really needed), they can be just triangle pieces installed in the inside corners. This is how many counter tops & plywood underlament are attached to base cabinets in kitchens & bathroom vanities. Just screw up from the inside.
Kerry (2bigfeet) has them on the cabinet he built. See his pics of top of cabinet.
Here is a pic of what triangle corner blocks look like.
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Biscuits, brackets, screw blocks, the answers are endless, it's just whatever takes your fancy.



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what is name of the screw that can connect two perpendicular panels ? It has three pieces, the bolt is screwed in one panel and locked from the other one.
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what is name of the screw that can connect two perpendicular panels ? It has three pieces, the bolt is screwed in one panel and locked from the other one.
I've used drywall screws to attach items like this. You can also use wood screws. I wouldn't use brass screws as they are too soft. They are all self tapping type.

#6 x 1-1/4 in. Fine Steel Bugle-Head Phillips Drywall Screws 5 lb. Pack - 114DWS5 at The Home Depot

Align your top on your cabinet then from the inside screw up thru your cleat into the bottom of your top to fasten it to the cabinet. If your top is MDF don't over tighten as this material will strip out easily. You can even use metal "L" brackets from the hardware store if you wish instead of the cleats.

The cleats would serve two purposes though. It would help square up the cabinet top & give a place to attach the top to.

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