How to provide power to router in router table

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Forum topic by Jeff posted 01-19-2011 02:13 PM 926 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2011 02:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: routet table design electrical question router

I’m re-building my router table. My old one was 20 years old and basically an open frame with one drawer on the bottom. My new one will have an enclosed box for the router to facilitate dust removal. However that means the router is inside the box with no power connection. I could put an outlet inside and plug the router into that. But I’m worried that over time dust will inevitably build up causing potential electrical shorts. I could put a hole in the side and run the power cord through it but that defeats the purpose of enclosing the router. I see many other router table builds here. How have you handled the power connection?

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 02:33 PM

You can buy rubber grommets to seal the hole around the plug. They sell them usually at office supply stores or hardware stores in their specialty screws and bolts bins. A little airflow is good though.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 02:33 PM

I just took my dust collection box apart. The box was built with the 110 plug on the inside. I used a regular house box, with the double out let. I thought that I had it sealed up pretty well, by sealing the openings of the box and putting a child protection plug in the unused receptacle. When I tool it apart to install a new router I figured I would look in the box. It had dust in it.
This time when I rebuilt it I have the chord running out through a hole. I left the hole open for airflow to the dust collector. No wore electrical boxes in side the dust box for me.

-- Mel,

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 02:44 PM

Thanks all. That was another problem I was thinking about, air flow to at least cool the router if not for the vacuum flow. I was thinking a small vent opposite of where my vacuum connection is. I’ll just incorporate something to run the cord through.

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 06:27 PM

Its obvious really, but do make the hole big enough for the plug as well as the cable – so you don’t have to take the plug off if you want to use the router outside the table.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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