Repurposed Bathroom Vanity Makes a Functional Router Table

OK, It's not the prettiest thing that I've made but I do find it to be very functional.
OK, It’s not the prettiest thing that I’ve made but I do find it to be very functional.

After a recent remodel, I was left wondering what to do with those old cabinets, counter tops, and bathroom vanities.

These cabines were well worn and a few decades out of style…Perfect for my garage!

I was able to create a small test bench for my electronics projects out of the kitchen base cabinets.  I was able to mount the wall cabinets up high to store chemicals and other items out of kid’s reach.

And best of all, I was able to create portable cabinets for a couple of my power tools.

 

Router Table from a bathroom vanity

I’m not especially proud of the craftsmanship here but I have been very happy with the functionality of this.  The great thing about the vanity is there is a false drawer in the front that is removable.  Perfect for accessing the router arbor and height adjust.  My router bits and wrenches fit in the drawers perfectly.  Another benefit is the wood chips that aren’t picked up by the vacuum stay confined in the cabinet.

A sturdy fence and a rail for my feather board completes it well.
A sturdy fence and a rail for my feather board completes it well.
Easy access to router bits and wrenches
Easy access to router bits and wrenches

Since the vanity was constructed from particle board and not plywood, it was not very sturdy.  I made it more ridgid by creating a 2X4 frame for the base.  This also helped to make a wider footprint.

I finished it off with an oak plywood top, a mounting plate compliments of my father-in-law, a fence that I found at Harbor Freight and a featherboard rail.

Band Saw Stand from a base cabinet drawer pack

This 4 drawer unit holds lots of small items like drill bits, staplers, and other detritus.  The great thing about this is it doesn’t take up much space and can be moved out of the way when I’m not using it.  It does stand a little high for my taste but that is due to the 2×4 base and castors.  There are wheeled frames that you can buy that would probably work perfectly for this.

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