How to Hide Your Router - Router Cabinet

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About: Art, Graphic and Product Design from one source! Furnitures, Pictures and more... I'm an german artist, product designer, photographer...who loves to make and invent things!

The broadband conncetion of my apartment is located directly beside the entrance door in a really small corrdior. The router was laying on the floor but I didn't want to put in on the wall because of all the messy cables, so I had find a way to rearrange.

I first measured the available space and decided that the router cabinet should have the following dimenions (width x height x depth): 700mm x 500mm x 100mm

Step 1: Step 1: Materials & Tools

Materials

  • 1 osb-lay plate : 2.050 x 675 x 15 mm
  • nails for your nail gun
  • wood glue
  • paint
  • screws
  • washer
  • magncetic lock
  • 3 x hinge
  • cable clip
  • masking tape

Tools

  • circular saw
  • nail gun
  • compressor
  • cordless screwdriver
  • screwdriver
  • paintbrush
  • sandpaper
  • laser cutter (optional)

Step 2: Cutting

I used a circular saw to cut the different pieces of the cabinet and to make the slots for the hinges (picture 2-5).

Step 3: Nailing

In this step I first used wood glue and then I nailed the different pieces together.

Step 4: Drilling and Saning

Altogether I drilled 5 holes. Holes 1-3 are cable grommets (diameter 20mm). One on the right side to lead the telephone cable from the outside to the inside of the cabinet and the others the lead the cable through the shelves.

Mention: Don't forget to drill the holes through the shelves before you nail the cabinet together. I missed it and it was really annoying to fix that problem!

Holes 4 and 5 are used to screw the cabinet on the wall.

After all this steps I sanded all the rough edges.

Step 5: Prepare the Hinges

15mm osb is a little bit tricky to handle if you want to screw some screws in it and so I decided to pre-drill all needed fastening points.

Then I marked the psostion of the hinges on the door and pre-drilled again.

Step 6: Painting

I started painting the edges and I used masking tape to secure the inside of the cabinet that shouldn't be painted.

After the paint was dry enough I installed the hinges.

Step 7: Installing the Router Cabinet

Now you just have to put the cabinet on the wall and organize the cables.

Step 8: Laser Cutting the Handle (optional)

Because of the white paint and the magnetic door lock I didn't want to open the door by pulling it. After a while the white paint would get dirty because of your hand perspiration. So I designed an almost invisible handle made out of agrylic glass by using a laser cutter.

Step 9: Finished!

Here are some pics of my new router cabinet. It was fun to built it and I learned a lot!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my instructable!

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    9 Discussions

    If it was me, I would build a cabinet that could conceal the entire router setup. This shall include the power points as well as the cordless phone on top so that the place would look even neater.

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    Rituguptascs

    3 months ago on Introduction

    You could probably use the same design to do up a show cabinet in the front area of your home too! I have placed all my routers and electronics in storage at the top drawer of my shoe cabinet with the same sort of setup that you see here! The thinner width is great if you don't have a lot of walking space for the entrance though! Great job!

    I was just thinking of how hideous my router and all its cables dangling from the walls really look. I have been looking for a small storage cabinet but there just isn't a right size. This is the perfect idea to conceal the mess.

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    PaulChau

    4 months ago on Introduction

    Storage cabinets like these are actually pretty awesome for concealing all those unsightly wires and devices. With this whole Marie Kondo movement, I reckon that a lot of people are now on a journey to tidy up their storage rooms and closets! This seems like the very next step in cleaning up...

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    Yonatan24

    5 months ago

    It would be interesting to check how the OSB interferrs with the wifi radiation. What % of reduction it causes, that is.

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    formenderYonatan24

    Reply 5 months ago

    Thanks for your comment. I don't use wifi but I will test it and tell you the reduction.

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    Yonatan24formender

    Reply 5 months ago

    Same, but I'm not sure if you could measure the difference with a phone, though it probably is negligible anyway.
    We recently bought a radiation detector and I was shocked to see how much radiation a regular outlet with nothing plugged into it emits. Just made me wonder.

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    mr_marte

    5 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your creative solution.

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    formendermr_marte

    Reply 5 months ago

    Thanks for reading my instructable. :)