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Forum topic by DRJZ1974 posted 07-13-2010 07:47 PM 748 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DRJZ1974

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07-13-2010 07:47 PM

I am looking to buy an extension wing for my table saw and noticed a cast iron one in the link below. Only problem is it seem the table is small. There appears to be no more than 8” to 10” from the bit to the edge of the table. I noticed the laminate one on the same page is much bigger. I would like the cast iron, but don’t want to feel compromised on working table surface either. What do you guys think?

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/router_table4.html


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#1 posted 07-13-2010 08:15 PM

I cannot think of any situations in my experience where the distance from the bit to the front of the table has been an issue. If you need a lot of surface space, you have it on the saw side of the bit.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 07-13-2010 08:34 PM

richgreer, wouldn’t you lose the use of your fence then? I guess I was thinking that seems like a small area to work (10”). I am new to router tables, so don’t know that much either.

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 07-13-2010 08:42 PM

the fence on a router table is always either almost fully covering the bit, or to the right of the bit, so those 10” are the minumum support area for your routed part – which is plenty. on mine I have ~6-8” of support area.

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#4 posted 07-13-2010 08:53 PM

Yes, you would loose the use of the fence if you worked on the saw side of the bit. When you are working on big pieces of material (and you need a lot of support area) you are usually not using a fence anyway.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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