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Made a simple router cabinet out of scraps. At some point I will add doors and maybe a drawer.
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Nice looking setup . A first name would be great

I want to make one after I insulate my garage (gotta beat John to the punch) , and I really like the idea of storage underneith . Thanks for sharing

I don’t always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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I know I'll get hate mail for saying this but I consider putting a router inside a box a risky move with few to no benefits and potential problems. You did a great job, it's just something I would never do and feel strongly about.
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Made a simple router cabinet out of scraps. At some point I will add doors and maybe a drawer.
many drawers...
router bit collections and accessories grow...
and heavy duty casters...
it will get a lot heavier...
and it is a nice cabinet...
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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I know I'll get hate mail for saying this but I consider putting a router inside a box a risky move with few to no benefits and potential problems. You did a great job, it's just something I would never do and feel strongly about.
modified plan...
used fixed speed motor(s) and external speed control...
seriously serious DC attached to the box and fence...

now to cash in on Herb's plan...

install an air tube at the end of the motor and extend it through the bottom of the box so that the motor is inhaling fresh clean unrestricted air...
you have chip containment/removal and the motor isn't trying pull air against the vacuum created by the DC...
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Like the cabinet. Also think drawers would be better than shelves. Easier access.
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Drawers for sure. The cutout in the door will let air circulate in the box, and the airt will be pulled in across the router. No air circulation means no dust collectiion. You have room to place a couple of pieces of ply at an angle to form a kind of V shape to help direct dust toward a rear mounted port near the bottom of the V. Speed control is what it is so you have to get used to setting by feel.

Nice solution. I put doors on all my tool stands to help keep the insidious sawdust out of hard to clean interiors. I am in that process of putting tight fitting drawers in my Rockler table with metal legs. I don't have or need casters since I have a fixed location for it in my shop.
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I know the trend is for open under tables.

I built the "Revolutionary RT from the 1995 AW mag. in 97, it's modular, the table cab and cart disassemble in a couple mins, no hardware required and I have -0- regrets. I used to bring the table to jobs; I always had crap on the router and lift when open to the weather.

I don't have an issue with a router in a box for a couple reasons; my shop is so small eventually I'd probably have smacked the router and or lift with stock when flipping it around for whatever reason.
Maybe 20% of my projects require me to remove the fence and DC attached to it, the enclosed box, baffles and the DC mounted to the back of the box draw the chips and dust away well enough not to require constant dust offs, I maybe blow/brush debris from the lift 1 - 2 times a yr.

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Thanks for the comments. Good suggestions. My name is Michael and I am a retired teacher living in Montana. I do sub a few days a week to TRY to pay for health insurance and buy some tools. I already had the Bosch table top router table, but was tired of lifting it up and down every time I used it. Just had a bunch of scraps laying around so got an idea last weekend to try to make a mobile base for it. Ran out of good sized pieces so didn't get to doors or drawers yet. The Bosch cabinet itself has a hole in the back for air/dust collection attachment. The fence has dust collection which seems to work quite well.
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Like the cabinet. Also think drawers would be better than shelves. Easier access.
+100 I had my kitchen remodeled a few years ago and did it with nothing but drawers on the lowers. What a difference. No more kneeling down and bending over to find something at the back. I have done the same in my shop. While it takes more work, the results are well worth it. Best to get full extension slides.
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