Are you tired of wasting time in the shop trying to find router bits and accessories every time you need to use the router table! I’ve teamed up with Kreg Tool Company to show you how to improve your router table storage and get back all that time that’s wasted hunting down the things you need to get the job done!
In this project I tackle dust collection, TONS of bit storage, accessory organization, easy router access, and (my personal favorite) using push to open hardware so there’s nothing for your clothes to snag on while working!
To keep up with all of my latest projects and sneak peeks of upcoming projects, make sure to follow me on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook! Also, if you’d like to help support us and fund future projects you can sign up to be a Patron!
Here are the tools and items I used for this project:
Tools I Used
Materials & Products
- 1/2″ 5’x5′ Baltic Birch Ply
- 1/4″ 4’x8′ Baltic Birch Ply
- 3/4″ Baltic Birch Ply (scraps)
- 3/4″ Scrap hardwood
- 3/8″ 1’x1′ Acrylic
- Rockler 2.5″ hose
- Rockler keyed hose clamps
- Foam router bit storage
- Dust port
- Y fitting
- Tin strap
- Pan head 1″ pocket hole screws
- Flat head 1/2″ screws
- Push to open drawer slides 18″
- Starbond CA glue (Use Code WSM10 to get 10% off your order!!)
- Starbond accelerator (Use Code WSM10 to get 10% off your order!!)
Affiliate links are used on this page. See my disclosure page for info on affiliate programs.
How to Improve your Router Table Storage
- Rough Cuts
- Frame Router Table Base
- Modify Router Table Switch
- Router Table Dust Collection
- Dust Box Window
- Build Drawers
- How to Install Push to Open Drawer Slides
- Attach Inset Drawer Faces
- Optimize Router Table Storage
- Get the Free Plans
I start out by cutting all of the parts to size on the table saw per my plans.
Frame Router Table Base
Here I mark out where the notches need to be located in the dividers.
At the bandsaw, I use the fence to make repetitive cuts quickly.
Next I drill 3 pocket holes in this edge on both dividers. I also drill 4 pocket holes along both short edges of the horizontal divider.
Now comes the time that a little bit of patience will benefit you! The outside panels are all held into place from pressure of the middle pieces, so no need to secure these to the router table frame. Now position all of the items per my plan.
A small impact driver like this one from Ridgid makes life a little easier while securing all of the pieces.
Modify Router Table Switch
To mount the router table switch I first needed to cut the support material away from the switch.
Next I used some scraps of 3/4″ plywood to build a switch bracket. I cut out a notch that allows the switch’s power cord to pass through the switch. Using Starbond CA glue and accelerator, I assemble the bracket.
With the bracket all done, I secure it to the side of the router table again using Starbond CA glue!
Router Table Dust Collection
Next I was time to get some dust collection squared away for the router table. I used a dust port for the router box, and a Y fitting to rout the hose to the port on the fence and router box. I use strapping to secure the hoses in place.
Dust Box Window
Of course I went a little over board, but I made the handles for this access window from some scrap walnut. I cut a 10 degree bevel on both sides.
I then laid out the handles a screwed them in place. I drilled the acrylic just larger than the screws and pre-drilled the walnut handles to help prevent them from splitting.
I counter boarded some shallow holes in the acrylic for the magnets to sit in & installed a drywall screw at each corner of the window supports for the magnets to connect to.
With all of the drawer box parts cut from the 1/2″ plywood, I rout a groove 1/2″ from the bottom of each drawer box side, front, & back that is 1/4″ deep & 1/4″ wide.
After pocket holes are drilled in the front & backs, I clamp the boxes together while installing the pocket hole screws.
Install Drawer Slide Spacers
Before installing the drawer slides, I had to add some spacers to the inside of the outer walls. The combination of spacers that I found worked best was a 3/4″, 1/2″, & 1/4″ thick pieces of plywood. Be sure to watch the build video for my tips on easily installing multiple spacers!
Attach Inset Drawer Faces
With the drawer boxes installed (again… check out the build video 🙂 )I center the drawer faces and temporarily hold them in place by using double sided tape! Then I counter sink and install some 1/2″ flat head screws to hold the drawer face in place.
Optimize Router Table Storage
Now is the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Check out all of the storage that has been built into this router table! No more walking around the shop for bits or accessories. I even have space to store my DeWalt plunge router and little Ridgid Trim router!
Get the Free Plans!
Head over to the Build Something website & grab the plans for this project and other projects I’ve put together for Kreg!
Other shop storage projects:
If you love shop organization, check out these other shop projects!
As always, if you have any questions, let me know. And until next time, have fun making something!
Kreg Tool provided me with product and/or monetary compensation as a sponsor of this build. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the sponsor. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.