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Forum topic by Nevalene posted 07-01-2016 03:02 PM 484 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2016 03:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench router table space need help positioning

Hey guys,

I’m a newbie here, and a girl with light experience, and I just wanted to get some guys opinions on the positioning of my router table on the work bench I have made

I followed a sketch up design for the basic layout of it. I found this on Google. I have searched all over the Internet and Pinterest for ideas as well as safety precautions. I am pretty happy with everything so far but what I would like to know is there a reason that table saws are at one end facing you (this is how mine is set up as well) then the router table is at the other end also facing you when you stand at that end.

Seems to me that it would be more benificial for me to use the table area as I push my wood through the router. I realize that using some joints I would have to run it through twice but reaching the table is not a issue.
Is there a safety matter as to why the table should be facing you instead of being positioned sideways in order to use the work bench top table? I am about to finish up my workbench and add the MDF top. Just want to make sure this is what I want before I cut the MDF to fit around it.

I have attached a photo so it can help you see what I mean.
Please help

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#1 posted 07-01-2016 03:10 PM

I just do what works best for me at that time


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#2 posted 07-01-2016 03:15 PM

I don’t see the pic or you didn’t post one but if I understand this correctly and it’s like most setups (mine included), you have a table saw. If you stand at the saw like you are pushing wood through, there is a router to the right side on the end. If you want to face the router it’s 90 degrees off from the table saw right? So you walk around the corner to get to the front of your router?? If this is correct, this is likely why:

If you want to use a fence with your router than you will have a lot more space behind the router to attach and run a fence. That’s my guess. The beauty of a router however is that it’s a single turning bit. If I am just putting an edge on my work then I run it over the edge from anywhere on the table based on what will support my work. As long as you are pushing the work through the router the correct way, it doesn’t matter which side of the router you stand on. If you need a fence to run a dado or something then you will want a fence and space for one too.

Just my thoughts…never really thought about it before now.

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#3 posted 07-01-2016 03:44 PM

If you use a bearing bit and a starter pin, you will find it much easier to be able to secure the workpiece working from one side to the other, as opposed to just pushing it across. I find that true with most other router operations as well. But that’s my preference, and may not be best for you.

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#4 posted 07-02-2016 11:23 AM

Thanks For your replies! I feel better wbput leaving it the way I have it.

Ki7hy you are correct about the current positioning, I am sorry about the picture I am not sure where it went but I did upload one.

Thanks everyone!

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#5 posted 07-02-2016 11:25 AM

Here is my picture, sorry I did not hit insert!

Thanks again

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#6 posted 07-03-2016 12:19 AM

Sometimes the best design breakthroughs come from someone who doesn’t know they’re supposed to do it a certain way.

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#7 posted 07-03-2016 05:02 AM

Just make sure what ever lay out you do,that you can still move your TS fence the full width you designed it to move.

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#8 posted 07-03-2016 05:29 PM

Thank you so much for the replies and positive thoughts.

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