Building the Storage Drawer

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Installing the switch is the last step in wiring the router table. Before you do this, you must secure the electrical box to the bin front and the case, then rough in the cable. Leave about a hand's length of cable extending from the box so you can wire up the switch. Note the black tape on the white conductor, a reminder that it is hot. not neutral.

The final element to make is a big drawer that rests on the runners attached to the bottom side rails. It provides a generous storage space for an extra router or two, extra mounting plates.sleds,featherboards.and other router table accessories. Although the plans here show an undivided drawer, it would be a simple matter to partition the space, providing tidy cubicles to organize the storage.

1. Cut the drawer parts. The storage drawer has its front and back joined to its sides with router-cut dovetails. The '/i-inch-plywood bottom is housed in grooves routed in the other pans.

The front is cut from oak so it matches the odier front

STORAGE DRAWER Cutting List

Part

Qty.

Dimensions

Material

Front

1

W X 8'Vfo" x 267Ae"

Oak

Sides

2

X 8u/\e" X 20"

Poplar

Back

1

Va~ X 8 W X 26W

Poplar

Bottom

1

%"X 1X 255V

Plywood

Hardware

2 wire pulls, 3"

brass, with screws

STORAGE DRAWER CONSTRUCTION

TOP VIEW

EXPLODED VIEW

SIDE VIEW 3SA"

dements of the router table. The sides and back are made of poplar (or whatever you are using as your "secondary" wood). Joint and plane the stock to the required thickness. Measure the stand's lower area, and compare your measurements to the plans and the Cutting List. Presuming that no adjustments are needed, rip and crosscut the parts to the dimensions specified by the Cutting List. Cut the bottom from plywood.

2. Rout the dovetail joinery. Use any jig that will yield '¿-inch half-blind dovetails. Set up the jig and router according to the manufacturer's instructions. Rout the dovetails.

3. Rout the grooves for the bottom. Do this on the router tabic, using a 1 «-inch straight bit. Set the fence to guide the cut. and rout a ! »-inch-deep groove just shy of the bottom edge of both sides, as well as the front and back.

4. Assemble the drawer. Do a dry run to ensure that everything fits together properly and to set up the clamps and cauls. Then apply glue to the dovetails and assemble the drawer. Fit the bottom in place, but don't glue it into its groove.

Lay out the locations of the holes for the drawer pulls mounting screws. Drill the holes and mount the pulls.

5. Fit the drawer to the stand. The drawer should fit; you checked the dimensions of the spacc for it before you cut the parts. But check the fit and see how smoothly the drawer operates. If necessary, sand or plane the sides and/or edges to achieve a good fit.

6. Apply the finish. Paint the back and sides, and apply a clear finish to the front.You don't need to paint the drawer edges, since they won't be seen when it is set in place in the router table.

Dust pickup incorporated into the fence

, Mounting plate

Hose to shop vac

Air slit

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