For years I have made do with an old router table that I should have rebuilt a long time ago. So I designed this cabinet stand and top that will provide me with ample storage and great dust collection and is easy to setup and use.
The top and fence assembly has all of the features that I have seen in commercial units so it should work well in the shop.
There is a miter slot running parallel to the front edge. Using the miter gauge it will be easier to do end grain cuts or for coping the ends of door rails. The fence runs on T-track and locked down with T-bolts and knobs, so it will be easy to setup accurately. Another great feature is the sliding split fence. Now I can adjust it very close to the bit diameter and flush with the bearing on the bit for safer cuts. In addition you could shim the outfeed side of the adjustable fence and use it as a mini edge joiner. The cut-out for the insert is shown at the industry standard for the better insert plates. (Maybe even a router lift) The fence also has T-Track mounted on the face and top to use I conjunction with feather-boards and hold-downs. Using the proper accessories provides greater safety for the operator and superior cuts.
The cabinet portion is designed with 8 small slide-out trays for bit holding or wrench storage. Basically anything you want to have nearby when working. Of course there is an access door to the router compartment. In the back of this router compartment there is a spot for 4” dust collection to compliment the 2 ½” dust port on the rear of the fence.
In addition to the 8 trays there are three drawers. The drawers are all mounted with full extension slides so they will support heavy accessories. The middle drawer in particular is large enough to house a spare router and edge guide (When you are using the router freehand. There is a frame under the bottom in case you want to make your router table portable. There is room underneath for a set of castors.
Any way you look at this project it is going to make a great addition to the shop.
For ease of construction I have broken this plan into three sub-assemblies, the carcass, the drawers and door and the top. As well there is a complete material list for your convenience.