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    A (very) purpose-built bench/cabinet/shelving unit

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    Last week, in the thread http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=1769, I said “I still need to build a spot to hold the router table top when it is not in use. In the next week or so, I will build a cabinet in the spot shown below:

    Attachment 4932

    This week, I built that shelf/cabinet/bench unit.

    Here are a couple of pictures of the finished, definitely purpose built, and somewhat convoluted unit:

    Attachment 4933 Attachment 4934

    Not only is this to used to store the router table top, but it is to be used to store a couple of bench machines that did not have a home, to store three Festool systainers, a column of Veritas drawers, and some other odds and sods that previously did not seem to fit is well anywhere.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 02-20-2007 at 01:54 AM. Reason: typo
    Cheers, Frank

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    Hey! I like it Frank

    Neat idea on the metal drawer units

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    (part 2 of 2)

    Here is a series of pictures depicting the construction:

    01) I started by building three units. They were made mostly from 18 mm thick Baltic Birch.

    Attachment 4935

    02) My shop assistant of the day, my granddaughter Isla, applied Varathane to the units:

    Attachment 4936

    Isla is also my resident shop “artist” and she can’t resist drawing something on everything that she works on.

    03) Next, I added some parts, making the section seem even more convoluted:

    Attachment 4937 Attachment 4938

    It is beginning to look a bit like an abstract sculpture.

    04) Next, a simple plinth was installed:

    Attachment 4939

    05) Rollers were installed on both side units and the units were tested for fit on the plinth:

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    06) Two drawers to hold Festool systainers were installed, the middle shelves were fitted, and the router table top was tested on the rollers:

    Attachment 4941

    07) The sections were screwed to the plinth and a drawer was installed in the middle section:

    Attachment 4942

    08) The bottom part of the bench top was screwed on:

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    09) The top part of the bench top (consisting of ¼ inch hard board over ¾ inch MDF) was glued-up:

    Attachment 4944

    This was subsequently screwed (but not glued) to the plywood top, three coats of Varathane were applied, followed by three coats of paste wax.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Very nice Frank. Compact, usefull, and attractive to boot. You're also very lucky to be able to have your grandchild working with you.

    cheers eh?

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    NIce work Frank.

    One question, why did you make the base for the router table like that, the piece that spans the two side cabinets and sorta sets on a cleat on the left and a slot on the right side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julio Navarro View Post
    NIce work Frank.

    One question, why did you make the base for the router table like that, the piece that spans the two side cabinets and sorta sets on a cleat on the left and a slot on the right side?
    Julio, I hope that you will see why I built it this way if you look at the picture with item 16) in post #23 in the thread: http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=1769
    Cheers, Frank

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