Adding a light
I was finishing up some tweaks on my first router table, tonight, added a plexi door, mounted the cab to a caster base, etc.. I noticed it was pretty dim inside the cavity where the router mounts. Voila, a wallwart transformer, a 9v. bulb, and a little wiring and I now have light in that cavity. The bulb is mounted inside a piece of 3/8" ID plastic tubing. I thought that was a good idea to prevent any chips from shattering the bulb. First attachment is with the overhead shop lights on and the second is with only a 40w. bulb nearby. The picture doesn't really convey how bright it is in the cavity. I can clearly see the base adjustment knob and reference lines, now.
The cabinet, BTW, is my endeavor into economy. It was a cast-off shelving unit. I cut it down 4" in height and made it 3 1/2" deeper. Total cost of construction, including the electrical items and shelving was under $20. I had most of the needed accoutrements laying around. Along with the switched receptacle inside the cab, I added an additional receptacle on the back of the cab, top is switched for the shop vac, and bottom is constant.
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Last edited by westend; 04-11-2009 at 01:36 AM.