Working on the back of my router table.
The end is in sight. With the completion of the router table top and the fence, I am down to the final items before I can call this project finished. My punch list contains these items…
- Complete the back
- Mount the router
- Install the power switch
- Enclose the router area
Complete the Back
This step involves adding a clamp which will latch onto the right wing of my table saw. I also need to plug the screw holes and paint the back. The illustration below shows the clamp setup…
The design for the router back clamp.
The clamp will have a spacer strip which is slightly thinner than the edge on the right wing of the table saw. The clamp board will be tightened against the inner edge of the table saw wing with some wing nuts.
Mount the Router
This is a pretty easy step, but I sure don’t want to mess this up and buy another plate…
In the photos above, I drill the four screw locations and one hole for the router lift mechanism. With the plate located in the router table, mounting the router is complete.
Install the Power Switch
This is an item on my punch list which I put a ton of thought into. I repeatedly searched the internet for router table power switches. Throughout this build, I remained confident I would find the perfect on/off switch. That didn’t happen.
I settled for a Kreg power switch which is very capable, but not something that is easily mounted to my router table. To make the Kreg switch work, I would have to create a mounting bracket…
I used some roof flashing, did a OK job of cutting, bending and drilling holes. I spray painted it black and it is mostly unnoticeable. The set-up shown in the last photo is a little unusual, but it works really good.
Enclose the Router Area
To gain as much air suction as possible below the router, I wanted to enclose the front with some plexiglass. I used a blade in my table saw design for cutting this material and everything went well.
Before Cutting the Plexiglass
Plexiglass in Place
I added a thin, black strips of wood around the opening of the router area and used velcro to attach the plexiglass to these strips of wood.
About 95% Complete!
The only thing left to do is to hook up the dust collection.
Thanks for reading – Jeff