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01-23-2010 05:18 PM

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Whenever I see a video of someone at a router table, they seem to always be standing to the in feed side of the table. I always stand in front of the table. Do they do this because it makes for better filming, it’s safer, better control, ...? Just wondering if this iis something that I should be doing.

Thanks,

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 05:30 PM

Greetings Chunk:..... I really think it could be all of the above that you mentioned. Some people feel more secure standing to the left…..kind of like standing at a table saw. But for me…I think when I’m running a piece past the router bit, I have a little more”uuummmph” in my arm and hands to have better control. But I also stand in front and push it through…. just depends on what I’m running at the time. So… it’s really up to you as to how you want to do it, and whatever makes you feel better and safer…keep on keeping on….. later

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#2 posted 01-23-2010 05:55 PM

its easier to control the movement of the board being worked on standing in the infeed area to the left of the fence, much like the optimum position for table saw operation, in that position you can easily push the board FORWARD through the cut, while still maintaining good pressure against the fence to keep the cut straight.

if you stand completely infront of the router table you have to apply quite a bit of lateral force to move the boards through the cut, this in addition to try and keeping the board pressed against the fence have a better chance of slipping the cuts then standing at the 45 angle position to the fence (infeed side).

it’s just a little bit more controlled spot to be at.

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 05:57 PM

What PurpLev said

-- Joe

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 06:10 PM

Actually I stand to the right of the table if your looking straight at it from the front, and push to the left.
I just said everything everybody else just said….....did I just say that…..... lol

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 06:55 PM

For me it has more to do with line-of-sight, and visualizing the depth of field. Makes it easier to keep your fingers out of the cutting zone.

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 07:34 PM

What ajosephg said

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#7 posted 01-23-2010 07:51 PM

What Kent said.

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#8 posted 01-23-2010 08:35 PM

It depends on the type of fence system you have. With the old “Norm Abram” style router table, you generally stand in front of the table. On a router table like mine with an Incra positioner fence you stand to the side of the fence and feed stock through like you would on a table saw. It really makes no difference… whatever you prefer.

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 08:57 PM

I always do like what Brian does – it is more of practicality than protocol.

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 09:58 PM

Greetings:....actually I do what I said,what Joe, Kent , and Charlie all said…. I forgot what they said…....lol
Who’s Brian…........I forgot what he said,too….......i know he said something, but I forgot….......

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#11 posted 01-23-2010 10:00 PM

What Charlie said.

Blake – can you expand on the concept of the different fences dictating different operator location? I don’t see the relevance of what moves the fence forward/backward (be in Incra positioner, or screws, or manual) to a standing position which really should be dictated by the forces that you apply on the board (forward and into the fence). am I missing something?

-- 抍 When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 01-23-2010 11:08 PM

My set up dictates that I stand on the infeed side. The router table is mounted to the right side of the table saw. The TS fence is also to the right side of the blade. I use the TS fence as a router fence. In use, the fence is slid to the far end of the saw/router table, past the router plate. It’s a jointech fence. can only use the one side.
It has posed no problems for me in routing or feeling safe. Now, I guess I’m set up for filming. hehe.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 01-23-2010 11:23 PM

My router table is Norm’s Design, well actually he borrowed it from, shut I forget now, but I digress, so I always stand in front.

I’m not sure how you would keep pressure on the outfeed side of the fence standing all the way to the right hand side of table. I guess that’s why I’ve always stood to the front. That way I can keep good pressure on the outfeed side of the fence. Otherwise, you’d be reaching over the bit to get to the outfeed side of the fence.

It looks like it’s not a safety issue at least! I was concerned that I had missed some fine / obscure point to using the router table and was putting myself in risk.

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#14 posted 01-23-2010 11:52 PM

i dont see what the big deal is, just stand at the corner and have the best of both worlds! lol!

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#15 posted 01-24-2010 01:49 AM

“Iā€™m not sure how you would keep pressure on the outfeed side of the fence standing all the way to the right hand side of table. “

Feather boards.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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