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Norms Router Cabinet #3: The Electrical Work

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 09-28-2008 04:47 AM 1954 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: "My" Cabinet is done Part 3 of Norms Router Cabinet series Part 4: Bit Tray's and Cabinet Door are Done - well almost »

Got back in the shop this afternoon and after two trips to the orange box I got all of the electrical work done. I am very happy with how it turned out. This is a custom piece much different from Norm’s plan. The switch is from Grizzly, I have the 12/2 wire on hand, the rest is from the orange box. Total outlay about $38. The switch works great even though it is mounted sideways.
Router Cabinet Switch
Here is a view of the internals.
Router Cabinet Electrical
Below the switch you can see I finally got the 17/32nd drill bit in and started on the four 1/2” bit trays. I hope to have those completed tomorrow.

Update: The work done here provides 20 AMP service to the cabinet. Which is why the cost was what it was. The plug and 12/2 cord were pricey.

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



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tooldad

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#1 posted 09-28-2008 04:55 AM

I always said that is the change I would make too. That all in one switch box that Norm uses is $30-40 depending on which site you get it from, then you have shipping. I just bought that grizzly switch for a jointer in my shop that had a light switch. Cost me $12. Enjoy the table

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#2 posted 09-28-2008 02:03 PM

This is a nice addition to your router table and it is one that is a major improvement in the overall safe operation of the tool. This is something that I am looking into doing. On one of my router tables I have to blindly reach under the table to find the router’s switch to start it and shut it down. This is simply an accident waiting to happen.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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sIKE

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#3 posted 09-28-2008 05:07 PM

Thanks Scott! I am hoping this is a great safety improvement on the table with easier access than Norms plan.

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

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 01:57 AM

I like that setup with the switch . How did you wire it up ?

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 03:49 AM

Looks good

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#6 posted 07-01-2009 04:01 AM

Looking good. I need to order me one of those switches from grizzly for my router table.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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sIKE

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#7 posted 07-01-2009 06:05 AM

JerryS,

I am not quite sure what you are asking here. The power from the wall comes into the grey box in the back, which then routes up to the switch which turns the outlet on and off. I am going to add a dbl gang box on the outside of the cabinet one of these days. I just haven’t decided if it will be switched or not…

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

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#8 posted 07-01-2009 11:42 PM

sIke

I’m somewhat electrically challenged ,another words I don’t mess that electric . Though I get the jest of how you did it . It’s pretty clear looking at the picture of the inside how you wired it . I just wasn’t sure how you connected the wires in that gray closed cover box at the back. Does the switch control both outlets or just one ?

Thanks again

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sIKE

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#9 posted 07-02-2009 01:04 AM

From the wall is standard 12/3 wire it is run into the box and connects to the romex via pigtails and wire nuts. The switch controls both outlets.

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

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