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Forum topic by pumperdude posted 12-06-2012 08:26 PM 1412 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pumperdude

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12-06-2012 08:26 PM

Need some opinions on which side to mount the router table. The previous owner had it mounted on the right side of the table with legs on the extension. I am in the process of putting it all back together now. Having trouble understanding which side is best. Looks like if it is mounted on the leftside ,the legs are not needed. I am mounting it on a Grizzley 10”hybrid table saw. Thanks for your 2 cents.


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Woodbum

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 08:55 PM

I mounted a Woodpeckers route table and lift on the left side of my Grizz 1023 w/ IncraTS fence. Easier to use without the TS fence in the way most of the time.

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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Cosmicsniper

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 08:57 PM

Left side for me, but mine is a right tilting Unisaw. That normally determines how its mounted. Since your Grizzly is likely left-tilting, you’d probably have no choice but to mount it on the right side.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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RussellAP

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 09:01 PM

You can put it on the right and use the ts fence with an extension to cover the router bit, or on the left with it’s own fence. Or Vice versa, I can’t remember how I did it 25 years ago.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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MJCD

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 09:34 PM

For many years, I had mine on the right side. Finally, I grew tired of converting the TS to the Wonderfence, and then back again, as I split the project between them.

Having the RT on the right side allows the Table Saw table to support wide pieces, if you’re routing end-grain on long pieces (think tenons) – you’ll lose this if you mount on the LHS.

Two solid benefits to LHS: 1) you MAY NOT need to re-position the Positioner base whenever you’re switching between the RT and TS. While this is not a big deal (let see, loosen 4 bolts, slide, tighten 4 bolts) – still, it’s a extra step. 2) the grey-space to the right of the TS MAY BE less with a LHS mounting of the RT – this depends on the LS you have (52” vs. ?).

MJCD

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LeChuck

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 02:10 PM

My router table is used as a right side extension of my table saw and I use the TS-LS with wonder fence. I do have to slide the whole LS assembly if I want to use the router and the wonderfence. That part is pretty quick though. I only use the knobs to tighten. I don’t see a reason to use the additional bolts. That said, it does limit the width of the boards I can run over the router though, for example if I want to do box joints on wider boards, but that is also because my router plate is further to the right than it should be and not close enough to the table saw.

If I mounted the router inside a left side extension, I am not sure that it would be a lot more practical, as I would still have to move the base of the Incra fence, otherwise it would probably be extended to the max to reach the router. And then you get into another issue: you have to remove your table saw guard, pawls, splitter or whatever jig you have on your table saw, lower the blade. This may be more of a hassle than the other way around, and then you have limited space for your router. Depends what you use more often. For me at the moment, it’s the TS.

Regarding the feet, I also have the 32” travel, the support bars are mounted on the right side of the table saw, extending all the way to the right, to cover the whole router table, which is 48 inches wide (there’s a photo on my profile), it is not supported at all by the router table (although I might add some support in the future) and it works fine, although there is a little bow towards the end, but since I have a table underneath and not a void, the arms are not really supporting the whole weight of the assembly.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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wunderaa

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 03:41 PM

I use the RT mounted to the LHS and have been pretty happy with it thus far.

Have a look:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68669

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pumperdude

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#7 posted 12-07-2012 04:02 PM

Thanks for all the input. I am going to mount it on the RH side and see how it goes.

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crashn

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#8 posted 12-07-2012 04:55 PM

Left side for me on my G0715 (when facing front of saw). That way stock feeds into the saw from the front (both for cuts and routing).

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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MJCD

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#9 posted 12-07-2012 07:23 PM

This is a great question, as it brings out solid comments on both alternatives. I’ve often wondered about mounting mine on the LHS, and it’s interesting to hear from those who have done this.

Pumperdue – thanks for raising the question.
MJCD

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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HorizontalMike

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#10 posted 12-07-2012 10:48 PM

I like the RS because you are feeding onto/into the flat TS top.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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