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Want to build a quick and easy router table cabinet for a MLCS Router Table and looking for some measurements. Iíve seen some photos of cabinets that have a dust compartment for the router motor and drawers on each side which would really by nice to store all my bits & accessories.

I donít want to spend a lot of time making drawers and was even thinking of using plastic shoe boxes as my drawers except I donít know how they will hold up. I have thrown away many, many plastic storage boxes over the years that broke or cracked.

Anyway I want to build a dust collection compartment and Iím trying to decide on what size to make it. Right now Iím using a PC 890 router but I want to make the compartment big enough to accept any router in case I update my router later on.

So anybody have any suggestions?
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Johhny, a sheet of 1/2" plywood, a 1/4" straight bit, a pair of hinges and some glue is all you need to build a simple but effective cabinet under your table. Boxes are very simple to make and will outlast the cheap plastic ones you have been using.

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Johhny, a sheet of 1/2" plywood, a 1/4" straight bit, a pair of hinges and some glue is all you need to build a simple but effective cabinet under your table. Boxes are very simple to make and will outlast the cheap plastic ones you have been using.
Thanks Mike

I have a couple of 4x8 sheets of ĺĒ white laminated particleboard that I want to get rid of, so I will probably use it. Itís been taking up space in my woodshed for at least 10 years.

I was just wondering how big the biggest ĹĒ router would be so I can figure the size of the compartment. I guess I might be safe if I make the width and depth a little bigger than the insert plate. I also plan on using a Plexiglas window on the front of the dust compartment so I can see if there is any saw dust accumulating inside.

Iím not sure about the drawers, but I will most likely cut some dados in the sides so I can add the drawers later.
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Dimensions of a metal box used as a dust collector (figure these as approx. inside dimensions for your box)

It does have an adjustable fresh air intake port to vary the flow if tight inserts or cutting operations restrict the airflow through the table. (Allow for this in your box.)

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Router Table Dust Bucket measures 13" W x 13" H x 10" deep. Fits most routers, including large plunge routers. Do not use without a 4" dust collection system (a shop vac is not powerful enough)
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Dimensions of a metal box used as a dust collector (figure these as approx. inside dimensions for your box)

It does have an adjustable fresh air intake port to vary the flow if tight inserts or cutting operations restrict the airflow through the table. (Allow for this in your box.)
Thanks Tom, thatís what Iím looking for
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I have three different router tables with three different size compartments One has dust collection at bottom with 12" in clear. Its snug but I manage I have a triton 3 1/4 horse I suggest 14" in the clear

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I am one of those who do not advocate putting a router in a box. You will not gain on dust control this way and you can do worse since most dust is made above the table. If you do put it in a box, you need to make sure that you have openings as large as the inlet on your vac system if not larger. Restricted airflow will cause both the router and the vac to run hot.

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Thanks Guys, I was drawing up some ideas and realized that there will be a lot of wasted space behind the box. Plus I just remembered that I wanted the table to be hinged so I can raise it up, so Iím still trying to figure it out.

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36-24-36 5'6" tall - put a broom in her hand. Make lots of saw dust!
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36-24-36 5'6" tall - put a broom in her hand. Make lots of saw dust!
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