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I am in the process of building a cabinet for my router table, and have a question. What is the best way to wire the cabinet so I have a switch on the front of the cabinet to power my router on and off?
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I am in the process of building a cabinet for my router table, and have a question. What is the best way to wire the cabinet so I have a switch on the front of the cabinet to power my router on and off?
You can purchase commercial switched designed for this purpose. Or, you can wire up a light switch to control an outlet, with both mounted in an electrical box on your table. Both will work equally as good. The white(common) wire will go to the silver screw, the black (hot) will go to the brass screw, and make sure the ground(bare or green) is attached to both the box and the outlet. It's also a good idea to get a heavy duty outlet and switch, rated for 20amp.

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You also may want to consider a switch that allows you to control multiple outlets. Mine also controls the vacuum. Kreg and others sell them.


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I prefer the commercial switch made for this purpose over the regular light switch. The on/power button in the commercial switch is usually recessed to help prevent accidentally powering up the tool before you are ready to use it. You have to intentionally push the button. A regular light switch does not have this extra safety & can be accidentally turned on if plugged in.

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That's why every manual tells you to unplug the router, No switch is safe, I just about always put the switch on the side of the cabinet right next to the outlet ,it makes it so easy to pull the plug,the new big red ones I just don't care for no real easy way to pull the plug from them..

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The commercial switches have the power supply cord going to the wall plug & it is outside of cabinet & right there to unplug from the power source.

In my personal experience I have used a regular light switch & have brushed against the cabinet after plugging it in & accidentally turned tool on prematurely. I have also broken the switch a few times with other machines or material brushing up against it while moving things around. I have not had those accidents since using the other style of switch made for that type of application.

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This is the way I set my table up. The outlet next to the switch is controlled by the switch and I plug in my Shop Vac there. The other two are hot whenever the main power is plugged in and are independent of the switch. That allows you to plug something when necessary.
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Hi Dan

I like but I would suggest you route the cord for the router around to the front of the cabinet so you can pull the pull easy, yes it may stick out a little bit but it makes it a lot safer I now got in the habit of pulling the plug when I'm done with the router table.. no doubt the power is down when I get ready to set it up for the next job..safety 1st than the fun stuff..


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I appreciate all the assistance. I did find a commercial switch today and the cost was just as comparable as building my own setup so I decied to go with the commercial switch. Will post photos of the cabinet once I get it finished. Thanks again
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BJ,

Thanks for the suggestion. I guess I didn't show it but the cord feeding the box that the router plugs into, the one back inside of the compartment, has a plug on it and can be unplugged and that removes all power to the table.

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