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Forum topic by Mike Shea posted 06-27-2007 06:46 AM 1620 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike Shea

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06-27-2007 06:46 AM

hey folks i need a few suggestions on a plug and switch for a router table that i am working on
as we speak.

the router sits underneath the table in an inclosed box. i am puting a 110V female plug somewere in that box to plug my router into. i cannot put the plug on the sides of the box do to drawers on each side of the partition. the only place left for me to put it would be coming up thruogh the bottom of the box facing upward toward the router. my only concern with that is dust will fall on the plug and get lodged inside the holes and create potential fire hazards. will the dust falling to the bottom of the box efect the plug being mounted that way, or should i mount it were it comes through the box on the side and sacrafice a drawer on the other side of the vertical partition?

kind of confusing the way i explained it but if u understand my question then any help would be great i would like to get it done tonite or tomarow if posible. thanx for the help ladies and gentelmen.

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#1 posted 06-27-2007 07:34 AM

How much room do you have, Mike. I wouldn’t be worried about a fire hazzard. As long as the router is plugged into it, and the other plug has a cover, then nothing can get into it. However, that being said, better safe than sorry. I’d run a plug out the back of it that you can reach without having to monkey around with a plug in the box. The reason is, no matter how you switch it, changing bits on a router should involve it being unplugged. As I’m not sure exactly what you are trying to do, my answer is pretty generic. Can you take a picture? I’m going to bed now, but I can comment in about 7 hours. I’m sure you’ll have a host of suggestions prior to that though. Sorry I couldn’t be more specific help.


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#2 posted 06-27-2007 08:29 AM

I’m with Mot on the unplugged during changes, unless maybe it’s like the Triton plunge router with above the table bit changes, as the electronics are locked out when the collet is above the table (and still I would be paranoid).
Could there be a variation in the design to allow an edge rail below the table, positioning the electrical box and switching vertically in the front of the table like one finds on a table saw? Just a thought.

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#3 posted 06-27-2007 01:29 PM

I use a switch that fits on the outside of the box that I got from Rockler
(I tried to add a link buts I’m too challenged.)
If you go to Rockler and search “switch” it is one of the first items. Heavy duty, big Green and Red buttons.
The switch just screws to the outside of the box so there is no problem with the drawers.
That way you can put the female receptacle inside the box and either open the box to umplug it or just unplug the switch from the wall.

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#4 posted 06-27-2007 02:48 PM

What about using a switch that sits on the floor like a sewing machine? That is an option for this type of setup. You can put it in a holder when not in use so it is not turned on accidently.

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#5 posted 06-27-2007 03:48 PM

Pictures, Mike! Pictures! LOL

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#6 posted 06-27-2007 04:46 PM

well thanks for the suggestions guys i will put up a picture today. i am not going to install the electrical box until this afternoon so when i get the pics up then you guys can beter see where to locate the plug.
its not the on off switch that is the problem its just the plug. i would like to have the plug in the enclosed box if at all possible and i think i just might mount it coming up through the botom of the box. what mot said was true i geuse as long as i have a cover over the plug that is not being used then dust shouldnt get in there. ill post some pictures up. its almost done and im actually suprised at how good it came out. thanx

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#7 posted 06-27-2007 06:16 PM

The only other option I can think of if you have to put it in the bottom of the box is to put a plastic bag around the cord and outlet, so that saw dust cannot get to it. My only concern would be if the outlet or plug and cord should over heat ( which it shouldn’t), then the plastic bag could be compromised. I would sacrifice the drawer and not have to worry about it.

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#8 posted 06-27-2007 06:39 PM

How about mounting the plug on the BACK of the table. I think that woud clear it away from your drawers. If you use a double female plug, then you can plug your dust control into the second plug. You could make a small slot in the top of your box for the router’s cord, and if the box is sealed for dust control, you could use some calk to seal the plug exit, too.

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#9 posted 06-28-2007 01:47 AM

If it were mine, I’d mount the receptacle on the back of the cabinet or on the underside of the top at the rear. Then, drill a hole in the rear of the cabinet just big enough to wiggle the router’s plug thru .. .. .. then, cut a keyhole-shaped slot at the bottom of that hole. This allows you to easily reach around to unplug the router, and the keyhole slot grabs the cord, preventing it from falling back into the cabinet.

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#10 posted 07-18-2007 12:43 AM

Mike…did you come to a decision on this?

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