Assuming this is a serious question, which is doubtful, the simple answer
is, "yes." Of even more importance is the amount of air flow you have
through the chamber housing the router (assuming you are talking about an
enclosed router table and not a shelf with a router hanging on it.)
I did say "ignorant" question. Yes, it is serious and yes, it is enclosed.
I do understand a huge enclosed box would have air circulating around and
most likely not be adequate suction, depending on the HP of the system, but
basically, I should have asked how big is too big? Though, sitting here
contemplating my thoughts, I think as long as I keep it fairly small with
enough room to get router in and out, I think it'll be fine at it's current
area of 14w x 11h x 20d and with a 4" hosed 1.5hp DC system.
There are several plans out there for building a router cabinet and all of
them fit the discription you made below. In mine, the area where the router
sits is about 15x15x24, with a gap under the rear panel of about 2" and five
1 1/4" holes along the bottom of the door. Behind the rear panel is the
plenum, which is about 4x15x24 and has the port for the 4" hose near the top
and a 2 1/2" hole drilled thorough the table top to catch the debris coming
off the bit and is captured by the matching cavity on the fence, ported down
through the hole and into the plenum.
This is mated with the impeller from a HF 1 1/2hp dust collector, which has
been remote mounted and routed through a cyclone(with a 33ga galvanized
trashcan serving as the debris collector) and the discharge ported outside
the building into a burlap covered trash can, which is housed in a little
building outside the workshop.
More on this, if you are interested.
I would think shape might prove as important as size as well as the
size and placement of the air inlet.
But, having said all that, the size of the box is a function of the
size of the table, the router, and your hands (assuming you will do
the adjustments absent a Router Razor (SP?) or similar. And, I am
assuming you are connecting your suction hose to the box/cavity as
opposed to one of those attachments that surround the bit/cutting
I would guess connecting to both would be ideal.
Perhaps this link might be of some help. Specifically, page 8.
You could compare the dimensions shown there with the size of the dust collection port.
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Milwaukee and Hitachi M12's... how can you go wrong? My favourite
routers... but mine don't live in an ultra-nifty cabinet. Can you do
dental repairs in your spare time too, Max? <G> It looks like medical
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