Different schools of thought here Chuck. Mine is enclosed on 3 sides and yes, it makes a mess but it works for me. Certainly NOT the only way of course.
If you enclose it, you will have to leave enough openings to allow the dust collection to work. If you close it tight, your dust collection will not work properly because it can't draw enough air to move the dust. And, it's been discussed here in the past, your router might overheat due to the enclosure. Use the search function to find it, and lots of other hints and tips on dust collection for the router table.
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on
or by imbeciles who really mean it.
Last edited by BrianS; 10-18-2016 at 07:11 PM.