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01-05-2016 03:18 AM

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I’m going to build a router table. The plan I’m getting my initial inspiration from is based on the Deluxe Router Table from the New Yankee Workshop. The plan calls for a top that is 26”x36”. I wonder if there is any benefit to making it the more standard size of 24”x32” (typical pre-fab table size).
Does it come down to personal preference and available shop space or is there a good reason the standard is 24”x32”?


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#1 posted 01-05-2016 03:48 AM

After design consideration I ended up with a 36×48 table top. The 36 came about from asking what was the longest piece I would want to run across the router bit. I wanted at least 2/3 or 3/4 on the table before engaging the router bit or after completing the cut.

As for the 48 inch width again it was the length of the piece plus the maximum extension of the Incra jig I use for the fence.

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#2 posted 01-05-2016 04:14 AM

Thanks for the input. I’m still not decided, but one advantage I came up with for the 36” width vs. the 32” width is that I wouldn’t have to find 4” to cut out of the cabinet below. I could spread it out across the 3 “bays”, but nonetheless I would end up with narrower drawers and such.

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#3 posted 01-05-2016 04:35 AM

Mine turned out to be 30×37…Two routers!

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#4 posted 01-05-2016 05:17 AM

I built mine to the size in the plans and I thought it might be too big but now I like it that size.

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#5 posted 01-05-2016 05:21 AM

26” is the depth of the average ts table …


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#6 posted 01-05-2016 04:11 PM

26” is the depth of the average ts table …


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I thought a table saw was 27” standard, but I see what you’re getting at. I thought about attaching it to the tablesaw but I reconsidered, thinking it would be in the way sometimes.
I do plan to make the height match my tablesaw though so it can double as an outfeed table when needed.
Sounds like the consensus is to build whatever size you want if you’re doing it yourself and don’t worry about the so called standard dimenions. Doesn’t sound like anyone has regretted not going with the standard size.

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