you can start out with the basics. what work height you like, I personally have mine higher than a table saw. I like an overhang so you can stand up close to it with out leaning. most are built to include: storage (maybe a drawer to house the router bits), electrical outlet/switch to control the router, dust collection, and a well built support structure for the new table top. some folks put locking casters on theirs for mobility.
I'm 6ft so I think I should think about height since I will need to apply pressure from the top and side while routing and don't want my back hurting after routing for a while.
As for basic features, yes, build the cabinet so that you have at least 2" of overhang all around for clamping guides, etc. Then you can go as simple as a large box with some shelves for storage of routers and bits and an internal box for the running router, for sawdust collection. Or you could move on up and try your hand at building drawers, etc.
Depending on how tall you are, you can design the height to fit what is comfortable for you, otherwise I would make it the same as the tablesaw for an outfeed table.
I am in the process of building my own router table right now, to fit the Rockler top, so I understand all the thoughts you are having. I designed my setup to incorporate an adjustable height, so I can store it under a workbench, as well as being able to sit when doing many small operations. Haven't taken any photos yet, but have just been getting parts cut, will start documenting the assembly. And if it works like I hope, THEN I'll post it!
Got the idea from a plan posted on Wood Magazine: http://www.woodmagazine.com/wood-rou...ompact-storage
I built a mobile workbench with my small table saw at one end to act as an out feed table and a miter saw recess in the center on one side to accommodate longer material, so this will be for routing only. You mention drawers, it's funny how intimidating they can be starting out like I am. I specifically didn't want a bench top type of routing solution, I just want to roll it into its storage spot and have it out of the way.
I'll check out the link though, thank you.
Mine is nearly 39 inches high. Sure makes it nice on the back (I am 5'10"...or, at least, I used to be that height!)
My personal opinion is you don't need a miter gauge. Maybe others will chip in with their 2 cents worth. Good luck. Post some pics of your cabinet when you get it built. We like pics.
I wish I knew a good way to tell what height would be comfortable to work with, but I was thinking a minimum of 36in for the top to be at when finished (with or without wheels)
All the searching and reading I did on routers and tables, I found Norm Abrams work station a really nice design. You can see him build it on YouTube.
I did something very basic with a cabinet base. I wanted room to work so kept the table big.
I love Norm's work, I watch a lot of This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop videos on YouTube trying to get an idea for how things might work best. My only concern with the table you pictured is that I would worry about the overhanging top sagging or breaking the wood over time.
Some of the ideas I've had overall for this, including this post.
Full size cabinet to stand and work at (not fond of benchtop tool working)
Will likely have locking caster wheels so it can roll out of the way when not in use.
I'd really like some drawers, but I'm not sure if my novice skills would produce a solid drawer or a square one lol
I think I would like the surrounding area of the router to be enclosed to minimize dust/debris and maybe think of some way to hook up my shop vac to it, not sure on that yet.
I will design for at the very least 1in overhang on all edges, maybe two.
I found a bunch of free plans for routing tables but the issue is that some are too simple, some are too complex and above my current skill level, or simply don't fit my size/need requirements. Google works great until you already have some base ideas in your head and go trying to find something that fits into that idea.
Thanks for the help, more feedback is always welcome.