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What is the best way to turn on the router?

I was thinking that one would have to leave the router on and then plug it into a 15 amp switched outlet.

I haven't decided on a router or a plan yet. I have no problem with actually building anything, it is a problem trying to find out how the routers work in the table and the electrical.
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You can wire up a outlet with a switch to control it. Wired like in a home. Or you can buy an aftermarket safety switch made for this purpose. In both cases the router switch is on & the auxiliary switch controls the on & off. I would still unplug power when switching bits.

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What is the best way to turn on the router?

I was thinking that one would have to leave the router on and then plug it into a 15 amp switched outlet.

I haven't decided on a router or a plan yet. I have no problem with actually building anything, it is a problem trying to find out how the routers work in the table and the electrical.
Mr. Nobody, (I question your self-identification; you are somebody) welcome to the Router Forums.
When preparing to use the router, the last thing to do, before starting the cut, in the order of things to be done is to turn on the router. Indeed power should not even be made available to the router until all the setup up (insertion of bit, height of bit, alignment of fence, depth of plunge, placement of workpiece away from the bit, everything potentially in the way is removed, etc.) is complete, then make power available. Making power available is probably most safely done by plugging it in. Then turn on the router.
The table I am trying to build will have a lockable switchable plug.

Perhaps I am over-reacting to your question. No matter what the power, any router turned on with a spinning bit is dangerous.
Do you own a router yet? Does it have soft-start?

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I have both my router tables wired with a switch controlling a outlet and a outlet that stays hot ... My reason is the switched outlet has router and shop vac plugged in and both "ON" this way It is easy to kill the router if any accident occurs the switch is located on the right side of my table and front of table respectably ... I hope this helps

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I have both my router tables wired with a switch controlling a outlet and a outlet that stays hot ... My reason is the switched outlet has router and shop vac plugged in and both "ON" this way It is easy to kill the router if any accident occurs the switch is located on the right side of my table and front of table respectably ... I hope this helps
Exactly the way I have my router table set up. I used a double outlet safety switch from a Craftsman router table that also controls my shop vac when routing. It also has a safety plug that can be pulled out of the switch to prevent accidentally turning on the switch.

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I have a 20amp switch on the outside of the table. The router plugs into a pig-tail that comes out the bottom of the switch box.
I unplug the router to change bits, etc.

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What I'll offer is that I always stay two switches away from both stationary and high-powered hand tools - this is a safety precaution, as my young grand daughters are fascinated by my shop - try as I do to keep them out of it; and for me when I change blades or am moving fences, I'm just extra careful. My router table and Table Saw are fed by a 220V 20A electrical feed to a switched outlet; I then pig-tail to a switched 110V 20A feed for the Router. I know my description sounds complicated, but is not.
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I opted for the MLCS $19.95 switch, mounted front right. The outlet being below and front facing makes for eze plugging/unplugging of the router, and also serves as a handy extra outlet for other hand held power tools.

One caution, I often switch from table to hand plunge routing (only have one router), pulling the motor from the fixed base under router table to the plunge base on the bench...I've caught myself several times about to plug in with the switch in the ON position on the bench...not a good thing!

So as others have commented, ALWAYS check that switch b4 plugging in...

Just my rookie advice...

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Hi

Here's a little thing I do, I use a big paper clip and slip it on the plug of the router , once I pull it out of the table or put it on the shelf with the others , it makes me check the power switch b/4 I plug it back into the outlet/drop cord..also good for cleaning under my finger nails from time to time..it's simple thing but it may save me a trip to the ER some day, it's one of the little things we do to keep us safe..

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