When I first made my table saw workbench, I planned on putting a router plate on the far end. But as the time came, I realized that having the bench as it was worked well for my workflow. On top of that, I still needed more storage for my growing tool collection. So, I decided that a stand-alone router table would be the best option for me.
To start off with, I made the base cabinet. I wanted to get more room for tools, so I added some large drawers on the lower end of the cabinet and some smaller ones up top specifically for my router bits and tools needed for the router table. Of course, working in a small shop means I needed to keep it mobile, so some casters did the trick for that.
I went with regular flat panel drawer faces except in the top middle compartment. This is where the router will sit. I could have used some hinges, but I wanted to try something different, so I went with magnets. I used some small wood blocks on the door to help it sit right and keep the gaps between it and the other drawers even automatically. I ended up adding some extra ventilation in the back of the compartment to help with the dust collection system I was planning to add.
The base cabinet turned out great, and is ready for the top surface, fence, router lift and dust collection – which will be coming soon!