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Forum topic by badcrayon posted 09-14-2013 06:26 PM 1230 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2013 06:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router fence horizontal table tilting

I really need to build a second router table for specialty setups. The great question is should I go with a tilting fence, a tilting router mount, or a horizontal router with a tilting table. There are advantages to all the setups as of right now I am leaning toward a horizontal router with a tilting table but aging never worked on one I have no base of comparison .Any opinion would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 09:33 PM

tilting fences are very effective. But without knowing your specific operation needs I don’t think anyone could give you an answer.

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 02:46 AM

What is the advantage of a horizontally mounted router table?


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#3 posted 09-16-2013 03:05 AM

If you have a horizontal router mount the table tilts up so gravity helps hold down the workpiece .

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 03:33 AM

Fine Woodworking had a plan for a router table that also converted for horizontal and overhead routing. It’s in the March/April 2004 issue. You can find it at

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#5 posted 09-16-2013 11:08 PM

Tilting the fence is good, but I have found, if you are using a power feed, tilting the router is better. My Horizontal set up does not have a tilting table, it has a tilting fence, with the router mounted in it, so the fence and router tilt together?? If that makes sense. That was just how I built it, it does not have a power feed. The power feed works for things when the fence is tilted forward, but it is very difficult to keep it from riding up a fence tilted away from the piece, and tilting it forward can interfere with the power feed or cause it to be positioned to far from the work. That is my 35 cents.

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 11:46 PM

I really like the HOR. table that stumpy made. I think it would be easier to handle the material on the table instead of the fence. Its episode 17

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