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01-06-2014 11:13 PM

I recently built an extension table/router table for my table saw and the arrangement I find best for the layout of my shop has the router table against a wall to where I can access the router table only from the front (same side where I feed work pieces into the table saw) or rear. I’ve done some hand held router work but working on a router table is all new to me. Will I need to access the end of the router table that’s against the wall, or is feeding pieces into the router from the front (parallel to the fence) the way it’s normally done? I know I need to mount the router where I’ll be feeding against the rotation, just wondering from those with experience if I can utilize the table to it’s full potential without being able to access the end.

-- Gary


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#1 posted 01-06-2014 11:17 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 11:53 PM

Router tables are usually built so you approach them from one side. Since the bit is round, can’t imagine why you’d need to be able to approach from the back as well.

For long pieces you need clearance on the sides, and that may require you move the table out a bit, but not so much that you need access to the back.

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#3 posted 01-07-2014 12:58 AM

Will I need to access the end of the router table that’s against the wall

Yes.

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 01:01 AM

Agree with Jokker78. Without more details or pictures it’s hard to tell where the router is. Is it in the left or right extension wing or in the outfeed behind the tablesaw. Wherever it is mounted, you will need access to the front and right of the router.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 01:07 AM

Oh, I may have misunderstood. You need access to three sides, front, right, and left, not the back. All three need to be unobstructed for as large a piece as you’ll want to work with on the router. So, for instance, it you’re making a rabbet on a 4’ piece of wood, you’ll need 4’ of clearance on both left and right sides of the bit.

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#6 posted 01-07-2014 01:18 AM

CharlesA – You are absolutely correct! I didn’t even think about needing outfeed clearance. He’s going to need access to the front, right and left of the router.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#7 posted 01-07-2014 01:18 AM

I have a similar arrangement for my router, a Benchdog wing extension, and added caster base to my TS so I could access and/or have clearance on all three sides of the RT. This has given me the flexibility for all my routing needs.

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#8 posted 01-07-2014 01:23 AM

Here’s a pic of the table that I want to mount the router in. I was thinking I could leave it against the wall and rout pieces on the TS side of the extension and attach a router fence to the TS fence but it seems like I may end up reaching over the router a lot. Maybe I should mount a small extension on the other end of the TS for the router. Thanks for the input.

-- Gary

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#9 posted 01-07-2014 02:52 AM

I thought I understood the question but the picture really confuses me. Router bits rotate counter clockwise and you have to feed into the bit from right to left or it can shoot the board away from you. If I’m guessing where you intend to put the router it looks like you will be feeding it the wrong way if you feed the stock from the front of the table saw towards the back. I guess you could put the fence on the outside of the the bit. Seems like a very awkward setup and possibly dangerous because you can’t access the side along the wall and have to reach across the bit to hold down your stock.

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#10 posted 01-07-2014 03:00 AM

Bondo made the exact point I was thinking about,feeding your material from right to left.

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#11 posted 01-07-2014 03:03 AM

Move it to the open end.

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#12 posted 01-07-2014 03:10 AM

On other words, yu want to be standing right where that outlet is.

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#13 posted 01-07-2014 03:10 AM

DKV, you tag line is so true as it is divisible by 2!

Left to right is the normal feed direction for most routing operations and depending, on the length of stock the, clearance has to be the same on both the infeed and outfeed sides.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 01-07-2014 03:25 AM

Oldnovice, think you may want to re-think your directional comment. As noted above, on a router table most operations are right to left. That doesn’t change the fact that you need clearance on both sides.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#15 posted 01-07-2014 04:24 AM

CharlesA you are correct I was using my other left and right! chuckle

RIGHT TO LEFT, RIGHT TO LEFT, RIGHT TO LEFT, RIGHT TO LEFT, RIGHT TO LEFT, RIGHT TO LEFT …..... !

Actually I live in Australia and things are reversed down here …. chuckle

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