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i have got 2 plunge routers and one doesn't have handles so i want to make a router table fot it. i just can't figure out how to raise the router without having to take the router out. i also dont know how to keep the router on becouse it has a button not a switch.

any ideas? thanks.
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Hello,

What make and model is the router?

Since it has no handles, you may as well make it "permanently" table mounted. You could remove the button and hard-wire it to a switch mounted on your table.

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i have got 2 plunge routers and one doesn't have handles so i want to make a router table fot it. i just can't figure out how to raise the router without having to take the router out. i also dont know how to keep the router on becouse it has a button not a switch.

any ideas? thanks.
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Make and model would be helpful. Most I have seen with a momentary trigger switch have a button to where they can be locked on. If yours' doesn't there is always duct tape, cable ties or some other means of locking it on and using an external power switch to control on/off.
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i have got 2 plunge routers and one doesn't have handles so i want to make a router table fot it. i just can't figure out how to raise the router without having to take the router out. i also dont know how to keep the router on becouse it has a button not a switch.

any ideas? thanks.
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Hi "spacebeast6"

Make and model is necessary and by the sounds of it preferably pictures, lots of them. Do you have manuals? Are they both the same make and model?

You'll find one of the best systems to use is the RouterWorkshop. There are lots of routers out there that have been "modified" to that system. I would suggest that you examine the routerworkshop philosophy. Routerworkshop.com and The Woodworking Channel look for "The Routerworkshop" videos. All of their stuff is available online in the US and Canada or most of it you can make yourself if you're so inclined.

We'll await more info.

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Hi spacebeast6

Sounds like you have two Craftsman routers
and one has a ring on it to adjust the cut, if you so you are SOL on a way to adjust the cut without pulling it out of the table or putting your hand under the table..

Some of the Craftsman routers have a button on the handle , many ways to get around that error if you want to use it in a router table.

But it sounds like you need to pickup a new router combo kit like the one below
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and use the ones you have for the hand router jobs.

The new combo will let you adjust the router from the top side of the router table plus you will have a way to use the 1/4" and 1/2" shank router bits in the table..

Plus once you have the new combo kit you have a new plunge base for hand jobs that you can popin the motor out of the router table very easy.
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i have got 2 plunge routers and one doesn't have handles so i want to make a router table fot it. i just can't figure out how to raise the router without having to take the router out. i also dont know how to keep the router on becouse it has a button not a switch.

any ideas? thanks.
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I think the shipping to Blighty might be cost prohibitive, Bob.

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Hi

I think you may be right I miss the call to the UK .. plus they have that funny voltage...and plugs..

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I made a work bench/ cabinet with casters to mount my table on , Wired a switch to control a outlet also installed on cabinet so when plugged in all Ya have to do is hit the switch and router is on/off...hope this may help

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Simple answer, get a different router, one with a raising attachment, handles if you are going to plunge, probably quicker and cheaper in the long run.



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