Router Table by Julie #6: Adding the ON/OFF switch ... finally

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 03-17-2014 09:27 PM 3207 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: the doors and drawers Part 6 of Router Table by Julie series Part 7: Completing the Drawers »

I cannot believe it has been 1111 days since I posted about my router table. And I never finished it until recently, a bad habit of mine.

I had the drawer fronts ready to go, but had to make some drawers. I just never put the drawers together and I was using it without them, I’ll show those in the next post. The switch I’ve had installed for a few years, so I’ll show that now.

This is where I left off all those days ago:

I had asked about ON/OFF switches and someone recommended the Kreg switch, which is what I went with. The Kreg switch is meant to be installed vertically on the metal leg of a Kreg table. I had no such place, because my table was already made, but I figured out what to do with it. I decided to mount it horizontally in the top drawer front, by cutting out the exact shape of the switch:

Then I fit the switch through from the front:

At first I thought I would just screw the drawer front in from the back and leave it permanently attached there. Then I realized that it would be hard to unplug the router from the back of the drawer without contorting my hand and opening the drawer below it. I use my router out of the table sometimes, and also prefer to unplug it when I do any bit changes, of course.

So, this is what I came up with:

The router plug comes through a hole in the side wall in the cabinet. The switch cord runs straight out a hole in the back wall.

I put a short piano hinge on the left side of the drawer front (which is now a small door), this matches the hinge on the three large doors. I also attached a spring type latch to hold the drawer/door shut. This works perfectly for me!

I added matching knobs to each door as well as the drawer/door.

Next I’ll show how I made the drawers, hopefully in a day or two, and not 1111 days!

... to be continued …

-- ~Julie~

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-17-2014 10:11 PM

Good idea for the switch placement and a good build on your router table.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-17-2014 10:42 PM

Hi Julie: you will totally enjoy this workshop addition once it’s all finished! I have a similar router table passed down from my (now totally retired) wood work’n buddy a few years ago. Mine is a bit more ‘rustic’ looking … but does the job! The on/off switch is activated by pushing the front panel just below the table top, making it simpler than having to look for the on/off switch. The only drawback to that is while the grandkids are in the workshop, I have to make sure to unplug my router table!! Great woodworking project Julie!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#3 posted 03-17-2014 10:52 PM

That is a very good router table and it look like it will serve you well for many years.
Thanks for sharing this fine effort.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 12:00 AM

I’ll be waiting anxiously for 1111 days again for your next installment!
Looks great so far and I’m sure it has been very functional for a long time!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 12:10 AM

I have been thinking of picking up the kreg switch, is it worth the $35 that amazon charges?
Nice Router table, what are you going to use for a fence, dust collection? looks like a very nicely made piece, furniture grade. Congrats.

-- Healthy Homes, NJ LLC

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 12:41 AM

Great looking router table! Once you’ve finished it, you’ll use it on every project!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 03-18-2014 02:53 AM

That looks very nice and very well built! A lot of thought went into that, I can see why it took so long.

-- Janice

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#8 posted 03-19-2014 01:10 AM

That looks great, persistence pays off

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 02:16 AM

Looks great!!

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#10 posted 03-21-2014 05:55 PM

Thank you for the kind comments.
To answer “cbfodalo” I really like the switch, it is pulled out to turn on the router and pushed in to turn it off. I find it handy to have and easy to use.

-- ~Julie~

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