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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:25 pm 
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A footswitch for your router table is handy, but introduces a hazard since you could inadvertently step on the switch, or worse, kneel on it while trying to change a bit or something. To improve safety I built an interlock system that requires stepping on a footswitch and pushing a momentary pushbutton to start the router. Since it's built with a micro-controller at the heart, feature creep is inevitable. I added a double-click button push to give a 5 second delay on router start. And why not control the shop vac? You don't want to start both at the same time and blow a breaker, so the vacuum has delayed start (and stop, since you still need to collect dust). Soft-start? Why not - reduces the starting surge.

Here's a shot attached to my router table:
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More details can be found on my (new) blog.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:41 pm 
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Thanks, Doc, that is a very functional option...I may use something similar but, right now I just mount my foot switch on the wall just above the back of my router table.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:12 pm 
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Thats a good Idea. if I decide to use a foot switch Ill be sure to add one


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:20 pm 
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Very nice idea! Would have never thought of it.

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