I own a Dewalt DW-621 router, an excellent plunge router for hand held
operation. Now I'm considering trying to put it in a table and the task
appears daunting. Nothing about this router says "table-friendly". I cannot
seem to find any information on whether its do-able and how. Dewalt's
website lists a micro-fine depth adjuster for use in a table with no
instructions or hints. The part that really baffles me is what do do about
the on-off switch. The switch is a dead-man's switch -- let go and it turns
'nuff said. Anyone have any hints or helps?
I agree that the DW621 is not great for table use. I use mine hand held and
my porter cable plunger for the table.
I do think the switch will stay on if you push the little thumb switch while
it is running. (Yup, just tested it and it stays on if you push the thumb
button while it is running.)
The DW621 is such a great router hand held, I think I would find a different
one for the table.
Thanks for the reply. You are absolutely right about the switch. Thanks.
I agree that I should get a fixed base router for the table. I'm kind of
looking for something to get by with a little while. Other things are in
the budget that have a higher yearning right now (dust collector, band saw,
"Montyhp" <montyhp at yahoo.com> wrote in message
The DW 621 is a great quite, light, fairly powerful plunge router with
the smoothest, easiest plunge mechanisms around.
Getting use to the trigger and trigger lock on one handle and the plunge
lock on the other takes very little time to get use to.
The flat sides follow a straight edge much better than a "Not Quite
base found on other stock bases. But the base is small and it can be
when working on edges.
The dust/chip collection in one of the plunge columns is great but the
plastic duct collector shield's top cap gets in the way on larger
bits. But you can remove it.
I've got one in my router table. Because the base is not "standard"
of the mounting plates for router table inserts don't have a set of
stock screw holes for it. JoinTech's does however. The plunge return
spring in the 621 is essy to remove so that it doesn't work against you
when upside down in a router table. I made a little DooHickey for the
621 that lets you use the 621's fine depth/height adjuster when upside
down. Here's the url
Note that if you do put the 621 in a router table be aware that you'll
need a little more room around it since you have to get to one of
the handles to lcck the plunge mechanism.
The 621 makes a great router table router - with the doohickey
BUT - as others have noted, if you have only one router taking it in
and out of a router table is a PITA - for most routers. You're going
to need more than one router soon anyway - "Why not get a second 621?"
he said, neeneringly. "And while you're at it, get a Micro-Fence for it
and do some fine inlay work?" - uttered double neeneringly.
I use my DW621 in a table and it works just fine. The micro-adjuster
that I use is from Eagle America, and I think I got it from Highland
Hardware a number of years ago.
As others have pointed out, switching a single router back and forth
between hand-held and table use is a PITA. So one of these days I'll
get a second router and I figure I'll get one of those big honkin' 3+
HP jobs for the table and keep the 621 for hand held use where its
small size and light weight do the most good. But that's only because
of convenience, not because the DeWalt doesn't work perfectly well.
As for the switch, I just leave it permanently "on" and plug the
router into a switch-controlled outlet built into the table. Lots
more convenient, and lots safer, than fumbling around under the table
trying to turn it on and off.
On Sat, 18 Oct 2003 12:14:05 GMT, "Bob Davis"
Published e-mail address is strictly for spam collection.
If e-mailing me, please use jc631 at optonline dot net
I have the same router and I have it mounted on a Lee Valley router table
top that has an ingenious mounting mechanism that will adapt to pretty well
any router. Once you have it mounted once and fine tune it, the next time
is a cinch. I also made the table based on the LV plans and if I have any
complaints about the set up it would be the height adjustment. It can be a
little tricky but with practice it comes easy.
On Sat, 18 Oct 2003 15:42:13 GMT, you wrote in rec.woodworking:
Look at http://www.patwarner.com /. There is also a great reference in this
groups FAQ, but apparently I didn't record it in my
bookmarks. I'll try to find it. Pat Warner talks a lot about router selection
for hand-held and router table use. He (and most) agree
that plunge routers don't make the best routers for table use (my biggest gripe
is that plunge routers have too much stuff in the
way for in-table bit changes, and that they don't plunge deep enough to get many
profile bits through a router plate and possibly a
sled and up to the bottom of the stock) -- and that the P-C 7518 is the best
router table router ever built, and has been for many
However, having said that, Pat goes on to talk about the practicalities of
limited budgets and using various plunge routers in
under-table applications (like dealing with the springs now working against you,
adjustment, access, keeping them clean, etc.).
Replace "nospam" with "wcannon" for legitimate reply address.
My 621 is in a table and I love it. With a shop vac connected to the 621
and the fence there is almost no dust that escapes. My router table is
fairly tall (see thread some time ago) and sitting on a folding chair is the
perfect height for changing bits, setting height etc.
I mounted my 621 in a table until I broke down and got a dedicated
PC7518 with a Router Lift Pro. I had to wire the handle switch down and
plug/unplug the router to turn it off and on. Worked fine, just a
Mark Jerde wrote:
My 621 replaced a 1/4" only Craftsman in the router table. I had to do some
modification to get the 621 to fit in the same place. Compared to the
Craftsman (and anything else) the 621 works wonderfully! I have a PC 1/4" &
1/2" plunge (7829?) as well but the 621 in the router table works so well I
have no intention of replacing it.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.