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For the people that have ts mounted routers???

by Howie
posted 741 days ago


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b2rtch

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#1 posted 741 days ago

I have Bench Dog router table with a 3 1/2HP Bosch router and this combination works very well for me.
I see several advantages to this solution:

#1 you do not have to make or to buy a cabinet= you save time and money.

#2 you get a larger TS table to accommodate larger pieces to cut.

#3 you do not need to find the room/place for one more thing in your shop

IMO this is the best solution.
Bert

-- Bert

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tenontim

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#2 posted 741 days ago

I have a router mounted on one wing of my table saw, and for me this is the best solution, since I don’t really have the floor space for a stand alone router table. I like the large work top that is available with the TS, plus I can use the table saw fence to attach different guides that I use. I would recommend a cast iron wing with the router mount in it, just for the sturdiness of it.

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Viking

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#3 posted 741 days ago

Howie;

Don’t think I would like working height of router in end of my table saw. The top of my router cabinet is 46 inches and very comfortable height for me. I am 6 ft. tall. My miter saw cabinet is same height.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 741 days ago

I used a TS mounted router for several years before I had room for a stand alone table. No doubt the stand alone has several advantages (storage, simultaneous use with the TS, better DC, etc.). But I never felt disadvantaged with the one in the TS wing….and there is that big room savings part. The only thing I couldn’t figure out was a good dustcollection arrangement under the wing. My saw was on a mobile base so I couldn’t build anything heavy under it (that end of the saw was lifted by the base). I chose to just live with the clean up.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, we sent 'em to Washington.

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MedicKen

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#5 posted 741 days ago

I had a Bench Dog table in the left side of my unisaw and loved it. The table from the saw gave a lot of extra support that you cannot get from a stand alone router table. In addition you can also use the TS fence as an auxillary fence. I have since sold the unisaw but kept the router table. I now have it mounted to the left side of my Oliver. I like it and for someone who is limited on floorium it a perfect option

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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knotscott

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#6 posted 741 days ago

A TS router table is a matter of necessity to me. It’s a compromise from a separate stand alone router table, but it’s a tremendous space saver that is a very reasonable compromise IMHO.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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horsch

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#7 posted 741 days ago

I went round and round about this one too. I had a lot of ideas for different router table cabinets I was thinking about building. In the end, I ended up using a 20% off coupon from Rockler and getting the BenchDog router table extension wing like others have mentioned. It was kind of pricey, but I probably could have spent close to the same amount building a cabinet and outfitting it with t-track and a fence. In the end I was able to install the table saw extension in about an hour and was using it that same evening. I love the extra support it gives me on my saw when cutting sheet goods. I even took the wing I had on there before and moved it to the other side. I wouldn’t change a thing about my setup.

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Tennessee

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#8 posted 741 days ago

I had the chance to use the TS router table that came with my old Ryobi BT 3000. I found the bit to be too low and it made it harder for me to see what was happening, especially on blind routerings where I had to stop at a defined point. I bought a PC table that I put on a stand, then upgraded to a Bosch which I love. My table saw extension for me makes a much better workbench and I use it as such.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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sonnyr

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#9 posted 741 days ago

Recently I was able to purchase the Incra TS/LS Combo – 1 ( router on left side of saw) mounted on a Rigid TS3650. Love the accuracy and repeatability. There are plans for extra dust collection that include a box mounted around your router. I am finding out though , I need to plan out my projects better, (read the instructions), because I have had to work around needing to rip an additional board after I have “zeroed/centered the router bit”. Space/money was the driving point for the combo set, if I had more I would have opted for separate components.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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Roger

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#10 posted 741 days ago

Mine is mounted with my ts as well. It’s that way because I was in the right place at the right time, so to speak, when I was first settin up my ts. A friend was gettin rid o his ts top, so, well, I got it. I had to make a few adjustments here n there, but, it works for me for now.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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lumberjoe

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#11 posted 741 days ago

TS mounted router, Incra LS-TS 32 with the wonderfence router table fence. By far the best and cheapest method for an outstanding router table AND table saw set up.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 741 days ago

Howie,

After taking a quick look at the TS extension & where the router would be, I decided I would NOT like it.

I went with a dedicated Router Table… and I am not sorry of the decision…

I can setup a Router operation and leave it until I am completely done with it… without any conflict from a table saw setup messing it up, etc.

I like it this way… seems to be more functional for me…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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lumberjoe

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#13 posted 741 days ago

I do have issues sometimes with the router in the TS, but I’ve been using my new craftsman router in the table when I have to switch between router and TS a lot. The really nice thing about the craftsman setup (I reviewed that router, the professional one) is I can drop the motor from the fixed or plunge base without messing with height adjustment at all. It takes two seconds to pop it back in and get to routing.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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hairy

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#14 posted 741 days ago

I had this one got rid of it. I like separate tools much better. Maybe my style or inexperience, but it just wasn’t working for me. Lots of folks like it, I tried to. The space savings wan’t worth the downside.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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oldnovice

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#15 posted 741 days ago

I have a Benchdog TS router table/TS table extension and I wouldn’t change a thing …. except get another one for the other side of my TS. The Benchdog extension is so much better than the Craftsman extensions I have.

Having the router table as part of the TS may require a little more planing of the work sequences i.e. the router is set up and crosscutting a long piece means altering the RT set up. Think ahead a bit more!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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crashn

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#16 posted 741 days ago

Got the peachtree cast iron router table on the left side of my Grizzly G0715p. Works great and love it. Also have a stand alone router table and use both all the time.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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Joe Lyddon

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#17 posted 741 days ago

oldnovice…

I have to Think about more pertinent Project things than to work around RT / TS setups, etc. ... LOL

That’s what happens when one gets a little older, “over the hill”, etc.

Every little bit of brain relief I can get, I NEED… LOL

There was a time that I could think of a zillion things at the same time with precise coordination… but, now, “forget it” seems to be the norm. LOL

I’m glad that you can handle it…. Just wait… Your time is coming… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Howie

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#18 posted 741 days ago

Joe, I have the same problem, think it’s called old age. :-)
Looks like people are pretty evenly divided on this. I’m going to have to do some more homework and think about it some more.
Thanks to all the responders I appreciate it.

-- Life is good.

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oldnovice

3684 posts in 1992 days


#19 posted 741 days ago

Joe,

I am afraid sooner than later!

Thanks for the warning!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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