Router Table Experts: Where to place router plate on table saw extension (revisited)?

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Forum topic by Mark Colan posted 11-26-2010 04:50 AM 1172 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Colan

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11-26-2010 04:50 AM

I asked this question a few months ago, but have had a lot of new ideas as I have studied the problem. I have written it up with pictures in today's blog entry.

I am posting here in hopes of getting ideas from router table experts BEFORE I commit to my design by cutting the hole for the miter channel and router plate… which ideally I would like to do on Friday. Thanks in advance!

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 10:17 PM

Well, I already had an 8’ long wooden bench built for my radial-arm saw, so I made a cutout to drop the router table into the existing surface, keeping it just slightly above the existing table (less than 1/16”). This gives me a lot more stability when routing long pieces. I will try to remember to take a photo and post it when I get home tonight.

When I’m not using the router table, I just put the original plywood back into the hole (firred out to match the new depth.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 12:10 AM

From what I see of your saw set-up, here’s my recommendations:

Put it on the right side of the saw as close to the saw as you can. My reasoning is that with the reach of your fence, it gives you the greatest flexibility. Yo can adjust the fence to rout an edge or move it all the way right and you can run a dado down the middle of a sheet of plywood.

I would center the router bit as far towards the back of the saw as the saw blade spindle. If you can comfortably cut a piece of wood on that saw, you should be able to comfortably rout as well. I’m guessing that you already have some sort of outfeed table or supports with which to cut, so it/they should work for long item routing.

Just my two cents.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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Mark Colan

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 12:48 AM

@Firehouse: appreciate your comments, but I went a different way. I decided to make an aux table left of the blade and mount it on that (see this blog entry for picture). Reason: the fence can easily reach that… by repositioning the fence on the rails.

Front-to-back, it is centered. I wanted it to the front, not so much for ease of cutting, but for manipulating the router (changing blades, height, getting at controls under table, etc). But on the left table, that’s no longer an issue, because the left table is fairly narrow.

Though I didn’t use your suggestions, I sure appreciate the time you took to reply!

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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