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The Router Table Saga #7: Completed! Now for improvements....

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 2217 days ago 818 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello All,

Prior to the Canada holiday here I had a few days overtime to cash in so I’ve managed to get in the shop and complete the basic frame of my router table (I’ll have to get pictures of it posted). It is nothing to boast about especially having seen some of the incredible examples here (it is great to have a goal to shoot toward for version II of this table).

I am working out how to add a switch to the table so I do not have to fumble around underneath it to turn the router on. What has worked for folks….and what should I avoid? As always I appreciate any advice!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2



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lew

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#1 posted 2217 days ago

Found this at Rockler http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=17401&filter=switch

And this at Woodcraft http://www.woodcraft.com/search/search.aspx?query=switch

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Tom Adamski

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#2 posted 2217 days ago

Mark, Here are a few examples…

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1888

http://www.woodpeck.com/elecswitch.html

http://www.timbecon.com.au/products/router-tables-accessories-451_0.aspx

Or, you can do like I did. I made a switch from household electrical parts. Box, cover, switch and an extension cord. Cut the cord about 2 feet from female end and within the box, wire in switch. Screw to router table (or inset in side) and secure cover on box. Plug into outlet and plug in the router and voila!

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Sac

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#3 posted 2217 days ago

hello Mark, I felt in the same position when I completed my router tabel as well. Not near the quality of the work I have seen here but it works well and the plate is home made and lifts out of the table if needed. I did go and buy that Rockler foot peddle switch. It is suppose to arrive Wed (July, 9th) and I look forward to it. Like you I didn’t want to go and have ro reach under the table every time I wanted to start and stop the tool.

-- Jerry

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Mark Shymanski

5001 posts in 2317 days


#4 posted 2216 days ago

Thanks Lew, Tom and Sac,

I should have waited for your responses before I went to the local HD. I’m following your path Tom with the various electrical bits. My brother is an electrical engineer so I checked with him as to what is safe before I started trolling through the parts at HD. Actually the sales fellow there was really helpful and actually helped me save money! I was impressed. Any way I bought a switched plug some extension cord wire and a male plug end (I already have an all-weather box to keep dust out). I am hoping to wire that up today and mount it. I am wondering how the softstart on the Triton router will be affected by the power being switched at that plug not by the router’s switch.

I noticed elsewhere on these forums rather strong arguments against a footpedal switch for the router which is why I didn’t go that route (it was my original plan to use a foot switch). Sac, I’d be interested in your results with the Rockler switch.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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sIKE

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#5 posted 2216 days ago

I am a bit late, but Grizzly has a great selection of switches.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Mark Shymanski

5001 posts in 2317 days


#6 posted 2215 days ago

sIKE, thans for the link.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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