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Forum topic by Tyler posted 02-24-2012 07:39 PM 2406 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2012 07:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router incra

For those of you with the Incra Router Table fence -

I’m wondering if a setup like the diagram below will work?

First off, this is all theoretical still. The only thing actually in place in the saw!

If you look at my rudimentary drawing, you will see I have a router table extension on the right side. I assume I will build it at this point, since I haven’t found a pre-made one that will work. Then you will notice that I’ve added an Incra LS17 positioner and fence to my outfeed table.

Can anyone see any issues with this setup i.e. having the positioner coming in from the back? With this setup, I could still use my table saw fence as a router fence when doing anything with long stock. I also wouldn’t take up a bunch of space to the right of my saw.

Any input is greatly appreciated!


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#1 posted 02-25-2012 12:14 AM

Tyler

If you already have the Incra, I guess this would be ok. If not get the TS LS and use it for both.

If your saw is a hybrid like mine, the access bump out is on the right of the table saw. It will get in your way. Using the existing TS fence on the router may not work as well as you think. You will have chips going everywhere and you would need to use some sort of clamp on fence with an opening for the bit.

I am waiting for a sale (and cash) to replace my TS fence with an Incra. I have the Incra Lite in my router table and use it for joints on small boxes. In my opinion, if you are planning a router table plan on good chip and dust collection.

In your setup, you would need to cut any sheet goods or wide boards or use a sled, you’ll have to remove the Incra.

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 12:53 AM

I was actually hoping you would reply Tech. I’ve seen some of your setups and would like your opinion.

I have not purchased the Incra yet. I have looked at the TS LS, but my problem is that my wall is about 2’ from the right of my saw. Actually, the right side of my saw has been against the wall, and I’m thinking I could move it a couple of feet out to give me room to stand in front of the router table. For that reason, I didn’t think the TS LS would work since it would stick out so for.

Here is a shot of my old set up, but you can see how I have the saw positioned.

I do cut plenty of sheet goods and would have the Incra off for that. I was assuming that I would have the Incra off most of the time and only use if for joinery, and by that time the pieces are milled.

Frankly, I would like the TS LS, but with my limited space I thought this might work. My saw is a SS PCS, so the motor is on the left, the right side is pretty clear.

Thanks for any ideas and input. It is appreciated.

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 02:58 AM

That may work, however you may be limited in the length of boards you can run with the Incra before you hIt the wall. Two feet for you to work against the wall could be tight, but come to think of it, mine is tight as well.

If you only plan to use it for joinery i can see it working. You could put two tracks flush with the top on the right side ninety degrees to the TS fence and use a real router fence with adjustable mouth and dust port. Make use of all three fences. Both the TS fence and router fence would be parallel.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 03:30 AM

I was thinking the exact same thing about 3 fences. I honestly go back and forth between this setup and just a stand alone router table. I really want to make use of the wasted space on the saw, but it would be much easier to have a stand alone – I just have this issue with space…Done’t we all!

Thanks again.

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 02:51 PM

As info, I decided to do a stand alone incra setup. Thanks for the input.

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#6 posted 03-02-2012 03:27 PM

Maybe put the incra fence on some hinges and tilt it 90 degrees out of the way when you don’t need it?

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#7 posted 03-02-2012 03:34 PM

That’s a good idea and would work, too. I ended up not liking to have to center my table in the shop in order to get clearance on the right side to do router work, so I’m going with a stand alone router setup.

Thanks for the ideas.

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#8 posted 03-10-2012 06:19 PM

A couple questions …

With this setup wouldn’t you limit the Table Saw length of cross-cut to the right of the blade; and depending on the rip fence you have, there may be interference with the LS17 fence – it may be difficult to move quickly between the applications, if you needed to. A question of dust collection comes up; as well.

I see from the posts that you’ve opted for a stand alone router table – a great move. I have the TS (Table Saw) Incra fence – it requires a lot of real estate; and am now opting for your solution of separating my router table from the table saw – choosing the LS17. Have you noticed any play in the LS17 at the fence when you lock the positioner? Thanks, MJCD

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