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Ridgid Trim Router Cabiner – Lean Shop Organization

Why 5 trim routers?

img_5853Trim routers are very popular in our woodworking shop. From rounding over edges or using a straight bit to mortise some hinges, they are used on nearly every project. We have corded models in our shop for the longest time. Ridgid just released their brushless 18 volt model that is fantastic. It instantly became my favorite trim router just due to the fact that there is no cord. Grab it and go!

We primarily use five trim router bits in the shop 95% of the time. They are: chamfer bit, small round over, large roundover, flush trim, and lastly, a small straight bit for mortising work. With using the five router bits so often, we were changing bits quite often. With increasing our trim router count to the same as our router bits, we nearly eliminate changing router bits.

We can grab the corresponding trim router and go. No plugging it in or changing bits.

Organization is Key

img_5830Keeping your shop organized is very important, at least for us. It increases productivity, efficiency, and makes shop time so much more enjoyable.  From your router bits to your routers, having organization lets you find what you are looking for and get right back to work. As mentioned earlier, our Ridgid 18 volt trim router collection is up to five.With this many identical tools, you need to have organization to maintain efficiency.

We build a six cubby storage unit that gets mounted to the underside of one of the cabinets.

Trim Router Cubby Organizer

img_5846The trim router cubby organizer is extremely simple. It has a top and bottom that has a rabbit on the left side and seven dados to allow for the dividers to be inserted. The dados are not so much for strength but for alignment to make assembly easier. The far right dado was initially supposed to be a rabbit, just like the left side, but the excess material created two shelves that were perfect for the edge guide, bit changing wrench, and a guide to mount the battery charger on the cabinet side.

The entire unit was made from a half sheet of spare 1/2″ MDF and was simply screwed to the bottom of the cabinet. We did have to put spacers under the cabinet to allow something to screw to.

The unit has six cubbies and we only have five trim routers. Well, the sixth one right now is being used to store our extra base plates and shop made base plate for mortising work. If we do need to purchase a sixth router, we will have the cubby ready. Each cubby has a simple label that was printed on a DYMO label maker. It isn’t fancy but super effective. You can clearly read the label and identify the router bit that is in that specific router.

You can build one too!

We don’t have plans for these as it is specific to the routers that we have, the space we are putting them, and the number of routers. But, you can easily come up with something similar. Just collect the items you would like to store in these cubbies and lay them out how you would like them. Determine the spacing needed for each cubby and the units length, depth, and height.

We are big believers in google sketchup and planning prior to getting started. Sometimes building as you go works but when it comes to cubbies and layout, it is always nice to have a computer aided design (CAD) rendering to assist in the math and visuals.

Get building!

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