My First Router Table #3: Wiring Things Up

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Blog entry by Dave posted 07-25-2011 02:19 AM 3722 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The Router Table Carcass Part 3 of My First Router Table series Part 4: Drawers and a Top »

Once the carcass of the router cabinet was together the next step was a little wiring. I enjoy wiring things (another throwback to being an engineer I guess) but it’s definitely something you shouldn’t tackle yourself without some experienced advice. I’ve seen a lot of questionable methods and recommendations out there on the internet and it’s helpful to have someone you trust to help you sift through it.

For this project I basically wanted an on-off switch for a plug in the central cavity. Having a convenient plug makes it easier to swap-out the router. When I was picking things up I also found a cool sealed outlet cover (meant for outdoor use) so I added it to keep the dust away from any sparks during startup.

I bought a 20-amp plug & switch and wired everything together with 14 gauge wire. My Porter Cable 890 won’t pull anything near that much current but it gives me the flexibility to upgrade to just about anything I want in the future.

Here’s a couple shots of how I wired up the outlet and switch. The instructions with each of the parts specified which connection are hot (black wire), neutral (white wire), and ground (green). I connected everything together with wing-twist wire connectors.

Once the wiring was done and tested I put everything into aluminum 1-gang boxes so there weren’t any loose wires hanging around. I also ran wire from the switch to a junction box, and connected the power cord there instead of wiring it directly to the switch. That way, I can swap out cords easily. It also means my power cord is 9’ long from the junction box not the switch.

Now it’s time to make some drawers!

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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