TS router table extension feed direction design quandary

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Forum topic by rehkram posted 11-12-2015 12:32 AM 651 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everybody. I’ve been reading and enjoying the forum for quite a while.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. I have a Delta 36-725, it’s great. After being used daily by all and sundry for over a year during our farmstead creamery construction project, I’m now tuning it up and planning to build extensions to replace the sheet metal ones, one of which will be a router table.

The Delta has a lot of room on the right, less on the left. However, for a couple of reasons other than sheer laziness I don’t wish to walk around to the back of the saw to start routing. But I still want to put the router on the right.

So here’s the question. Putting the router extension on the right generally involves feeding work from the back of the TS. Putting it on the left, feed direction is generally the same as the saw. In both cases, this assumes the router fence is closer to the TS blade than the router bit.

So my question is this. If I were to mount the router extension to the right, and its fence yet further to the right of the router bit, with T tracks for clamps etc to its left, would I not have the best of both worlds?

I’d be interested to hear of any downsides to this approach. The only one I can think of is the rare occasion of routing very wide workpieces, but I’m thinking I could handle that by removing the riving knife and dropping the TS blade which would allow me to use the whole TS top. I could live with that.

Comments much appreciated,



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#1 posted 11-12-2015 12:38 AM

Why would you need to walk around to the back to use the router?? I have a TS with the router extension on the right and feed from front to back without any problems at all. As you said, the fence goes to the right of the bit. On occasion, I will keep it to the left… but then I just stand to the right side of the saw, not the rear.


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#2 posted 11-12-2015 12:50 AM

I don’t understand what you’re talking about.
Most of the routers I’ve seen are on the right, because that’s where the extension table is!

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 03:04 PM


Interesting. All the TS right-mounted router extension tables I had seen to date had their fences positioned to the left of the bit. There are several examples here on LJ. So you, for one, are routinely positioning the fence to the right of the bit. That confirms it can work, thanks.


There are several example of router table extensions mounted to the left on LJ. As you say, many or most are to the right, but not all.

The bit rotates counterclockwise when mounted in a table, and we feed into the bit’s rotation, correct? That implies the fence needs to be to the right of the bit when feeding from the front of the TS

As I mentioned, I had not seen a right mount setup with the router fence ‘living’ to the right of the bit, which is what I want to do. I intend to make the fence movable to either side of the bit for those cases when I need to view or work square-on to the fence, rather than having to lean over the table.


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