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My router cabinet table is almost finished. I need to mount a power switch on the side of cabinet for the router. I went to Home Depot and found most switches there are used inside the wall. Any switch to recommend for the cabinet? Thanks
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My router cabinet table is almost finished. I need to mount a power switch on the side of cabinet for the router. I went to Home Depot and found most switches there are used inside the wall. Any switch to recommend for the cabinet? Thanks
Sears has one for around 20 bucks that has a paddle on it you can shut off with your knee.

If you want to use a lightswitch style, you can use a surface mount conduit box.

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My router cabinet table is almost finished. I need to mount a power switch on the side of cabinet for the router. I went to Home Depot and found most switches there are used inside the wall. Any switch to recommend for the cabinet? Thanks
I'm using one of these:
H8241 110V Paddle On/Off Switch

I really like it as it can't accidentally be left on, ie; if power is interupted while the router is running the switch turns itself off so when power is restored the router won't unexpectedly start. Only thing is BOTH hot and neutral need to be bussed through the switch.

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What the last two said.

I still like to be able to unplug the router physically. Some of the box switches that are sold for router tables make this rather difficult (Freud). The socket which is an integral part of the switch faces away from you and is hidden under the table.
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Will, my first table used a switched outlet in a steel "Handy box". (See photo) While having this type of switch makes it easy to shut off the router it is also easy to bump the switch and turn the router on unexpectedly. The paddle style safety switches prevent this from happening; they also make it very easy to cut power in an emergency. Regardless of which method you choose always unplug your router when making adjustments or bit changes. Like pilots using a check list, unplugging every time is the smart way to avoid accidents.
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I have a couple of Kreg switches and one Jessem. They both have an extra plug to power up a shop vac at the same time as your router. Comes in handy. One or the other may mount easier for you. I like Jessem's mount better...

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Just my 2 cents,,I'm not a big fan of the paddle style safety switches it's removes the golden rule from every manual I have read
"UNPLUG the Router" anytime you work on it.
I'm a big fan of the switch on the cabinet with a outlet right next to the POWER plug.
If you get in a jam with the milling it's easy to just pull the stock back from the fence/bit, you don't want to take your hand off the stock and let it free float so to speak.. and you don't want to shift your weight to hit it with your hip or your knee or other body parts that are sticking out


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I prefer the commercially sold safety switches. I do not like extra clutter of cords hanging out of my router cabinet that can catch on other machinery as I roll it in & out to use. When working on the router I just unplug the power going to the safety switch from the wall source. It's right there at the cabinet.

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Just my 2 cents,,I'm not a big fan of the paddle style safety switches it's removes the golden rule from every manual I have read
"UNPLUG the Router" anytime you work on it.
I'm a big fan of the switch on the cabinet with a outlet right next to the POWER plug.
If you get in a jam with the milling it's easy to just pull the stock back from the fence/bit, you don't want to take your hand off the stock and let it free float so to speak.. and you don't want to shift your weight to hit it with your hip or your knee or other body parts that are sticking out


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What I like about the craftsman switch is there is only a 12 inch pigtail coming out of the switch. You can still unplug the whole shebang from the extension cord when changing cutters.

I agree... never have a finger where there is a plugged in power tool!

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I mounted switch on easy access with hand on bottom of work table the switch is wired to outlet ...it works for me took about 2 hours to figure where I wanted it as I was building the cabinet

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