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I have been eyeing the Rockler Steel Router Table Cabinet at my local Rockler store in San Diego, California. I say eying it because it is a little pricey at $460. And then the Bench Dog metal table is another $450 plus the Bench Dog fence. If you buy all three, Bench Dog® Cast Iron Router Table, Plate, Pro Fence & Steel Cabinet, it runs from $1,000.

I would take the cabinet to a local powder coater, before assembly, and have it powder coated to match the rest of my Jet power tools.

My question is, "Does anyone own this cabinet and if so, how do you like it?

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Why powder coat? If you are going to do this a MDF/Formica table would service you just as well. I too live in a high humidity environment, have a shop full of JET, Clausing and Bridgeport cast iron, no heat or air and no rust. HF makes a set of 5 polishing sponges ( #65287 ~$15.00) for a rotary grinder that takes cast iron to the point that it becomes a mirror. A simple coat of airplane wax and it will last forever. Then again if you like off-white, have at it.

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I wonder about the metal cabinet and dust box amplifying the sound. Someone here recently converted a steel kitchen cabinet (maybe in the "Show us your router table" forum?) and increasing the noise was something i wondered about then. I didn't ask, but i do wonder...

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I wonder about the metal cabinet and dust box amplifying the sound. Someone here recently converted a steel kitchen cabinet (maybe in the "Show us your router table" forum?) and increasing the noise was something i wondered about then. I didn't ask, but i do wonder...

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Earl, I never thought about noise. Hummm, that is an excellent issue to raise.

I retired after 40 years in the IT industry. About 10 years ago we, NCR, had developed a mainframe that used adhesive foam rubber applied to the interior panels of the disk drive cabinet for sound proofing. It was a dense neoprene foam like a wet suit. I suppose that would work here too but you would have to decide if noise was a real issue or not. Don't you think?
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Why powder coat? If you are going to do this a MDF/Formica table would service you just as well. I too live in a high humidity environment, have a shop full of JET, Clausing and Bridgeport cast iron, no heat or air and no rust. HF makes a set of 5 polishing sponges ( #65287 ~$15.00) for a rotary grinder that takes cast iron to the point that it becomes a mirror. A simple coat of airplane wax and it will last forever. Then again if you like off-white, have at it.

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Thanks for the feedback. I would powder coat it so it matches my other Jet tools, not for rusting issues. It's just me being anal....

San Diego is on the edge of a semi-arid desert. If you live within 5 miles of the coast, you get rusting issues but I'm inland about 25 miles and it is pretty dry here up in the mountains.
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