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Forum topic by brukilla posted 06-22-2011 09:40 PM 1926 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2011 09:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: left side router table

I will be purchasing a tablesaw and the motor housing is on the left hand side. I want to add a left side router table, but I am suspecting that the motor housing will be in the way of the mounted router. I will also be purchasing the Incra TS-LS Fence system.

From what I have seen and read, the left side router table usually replaces the saw’s left extension wing, and I am pretty sure this is why the motor housing gets in the way. Can I just add the router table to the saw’s left extension wing and then supply a set of legs to provide additional support?

If thiis can be done, I may buy the 52” fence system and slide it over to provide fence to the router table. I wouldn’t have the full 52” to the right of the blade, but I think it would be a worthy compromise.

I would like to hear any thoughts on this. Thanks.

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 09:48 PM

Depends on your saw, but I’m pretty sure the left-sided motor housing will prevent you from doing a left-sided wing, UNLESS you are able to add a wing that is wide enough to move the router placement even further left of the motor housing. The issue is that the router hanging there bumps into the motor housing; no space to mount it.

I have the same issue as you, and decided to place my router table in the right wing, allowing enough room for the TS-LS to be mounted to the extension table.

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 10:00 PM

I am thinking either the Grizzly Hybrid or the G1023RL – 10” 3 HP 220V Cabinet Left-Tilting Table Saw (leaning towards the cabinet saw – of course). Since I don’t fully know the limitations and inconveniences of either a right or left wing table with the Incra fence system, I am kind of stuck on making a decision.

I don’t want to get the 52” fence if I don’t have to, but I want to have maximum capacity for the router table because I will be working with sheet goods quite a bit.

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 12:13 AM

I think the limitations of right vs. left table and the Incra fence are the same as right vs. left and any other router fence.

The most important question to ask yourself here is “How far from the edge of a workpiece do I need to make a router cut, like a dado?” Now if you want to be able to make a dado 36”+ from the edge (which is assuming a 72”+ wide workpiece!), yeah, you’d want your router table on the left side of the saw with an Incra positioner that could reach all the way. However, I certainly wouldn’t want to be running a workpiece of that size over a router table! For most uses, I have found that a right/middle sided wing (which still has the extension table to the right of it) gives enough room. I probably don’t have the same uses in mind as you do, but are you sure some of the operations you’re thinking of performing with the router table on large sheet goods aren’t more easily/more safely done handheld?

I’d think if you can get the fence and bit 24” apart you’d probably have enough capacity for anything you’d actually WANT to do on a router table, but that’s just my opinion.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 03:17 AM

brukilla, what did you end up doing? I have the 1023RL and am pondering this questions daily.

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#5 posted 08-01-2012 09:34 AM

IMHO, the simple solution is to completely replace the left wing with one that sticks out a bit farther and gives clearance for the router.

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