bench dog router table switch

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Blog entry by lucasmccain posted 06-17-2010 03:23 AM 2262 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i have a bench dog baltic birch router table with cast iron top. i am looking for ideas for adding an on/off switch. bench dog has discontinued their own switch some time back. anybody have any experience or ideas? thanks, lucas mccain

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#1 posted 06-17-2010 04:14 AM has them for $25.00 I have one and love it.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 05:20 AM

I have one that I purchased at Sears that works well. In fact, I liked it so much, I bought another one to use with my old table saw that does not have a safety switch. Equally cool, it has 2 outlets on it so I plug my shop vac into it and connect it to the router (or the saw) and it turns on the vac with the tool. If I remember, it was about $20.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 06-17-2010 06:31 AM

I have an older Bench Dog table, and I use a foot switch for the router, works great for me, as it keeps my hands free for the on and off, and I have trained my self to use it.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#4 posted 06-17-2010 07:26 AM

Like Rustic said, woodcraft has them. I saw 2 of them, one with double plugs and one with single plug.

I bought the single plug version so I plug the router in it. it does get in the way. I would not buy it again.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 06-17-2010 04:26 PM

I mounted mine on the side of my router table and it is out of the way

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 06-17-2010 10:19 PM

I can get a pic if you really need it, but here’s my simple solution .. .. ..

I mounted a duplex box on the back of my router table .. .. this box has both the router and a shopvac plugged into it (at least it does when I’m not using the dust collector) ..this box is controlled by a simple wall-type rocker switch that is mounted under an outdoor weatherproof hinged cover plate. I glue a small strip of foam rubber to the cover such that ANY slight pressure on the cover shuts off the switch.

In use .. I raise the cover .. flip the switch .. gently lower the cover .. the duplex is energized .. router & shopvac start up .. make cut .. gently nudge the cover plate with my leg, shutting down the whole operation.

Works like a charm and only costs a few $$$$ to build.

-- - dabbling in sarcasm is foolish … if you’re not proficient at it, you end up looking stupid … ... ...

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