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Forum topic by Dean_Morrell posted 08-28-2009 04:17 AM 4570 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2009 04:17 AM

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I have a chinsey old Craftsman router table and using it has me wanting something more stable and larger. I’m pressed for space, but I might be able to squeeze in a full-sized router table. So, what are the drawbacks to having a router mounted under the wing of a table saw? What are the advantages of a independent router table over the table saw mount?

And as a bonus question, are there any bench-top router tables worth their cost?

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#1 posted 08-28-2009 04:20 AM

If you are cramped for space, by all means go for it and put one on your tablesaw if you can. It will work great and you can use your tablesaw fence too.

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#2 posted 08-28-2009 04:25 AM

I have both a router table and one in my table saw. One small problem for mytable saw set up is that it’s controls are kinda hard to adjust.

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#3 posted 08-28-2009 05:14 AM

There are pros and cons to each, but I do find a TS mounted router table to be a great space saver for a cramped shop. The downside is often that dust collection and storage or more difficult, and eventually you’ll want to use that same space for both tools at the same time. If I had more space I’d have a nice big separate router table, but that’s just not the case.

I also had a chea Cman router table that I gave away…I thought it was terrible even as a newbie.

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#4 posted 08-28-2009 02:59 PM

I have a bech dog cast table mounted on my table saw. I have found it to be a nice stable addition. It has a very accurate miter slot and excellent fence. The dust collection is acceptable with a shop vac. If I had to do it all over agin I would buy the same unit, it has proven very useful and is a joy to use. I use Bosch routers and the new plates and router mount allow above the table adjustments.

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#5 posted 08-28-2009 03:07 PM

I built the router table that mounts between the fence rails of my table saw, and it has worked perfect for well over a year now. I find that the only limitation is adjustment (same thing Jim said). I would really like to have easier access to the underside of the table, but with a small shop certain things have to be sacrificed. you can look at my sorkshop photos on my profile for pictures of my setup.

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#6 posted 08-28-2009 04:13 PM

I think that dust collection can be incorporated into a TS mounted router, also a router lift, or certain routers will let you do above-table-adjustments. that said – there’s a workaround to each case.

the only limitation I can see that does not have a direct workaround (for an easy solution) is that it limits you to use either the TS or the router – one at a time – if you want to keep the setup for repetitive operations.

so the question boils down to SPACE or FULL AUTOMATION. if you’re tight on space, and can separate your operations to cutting all parts, and then routing all profiles – I see no reason why you shouldn’t go with a TS mounted router.

I personally am tight on space, but like to keep the router on it’s own separate station.

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#7 posted 08-28-2009 04:23 PM

I’ve never used a TS mounted router, but aside from the dust collection issue mentioned already, the one issue I see is that you’d have to fashion a split fence to attach to your TS fence to go around the bit. I don’t know if any kits come with something or if you have to make one. Other then that, I think it’s a great space saver. Another option is to make a sturdy router table yourself and make it so you can stash it out of the way when it’s not being used. Just a thought.

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#8 posted 08-28-2009 04:28 PM

Build-to-fit certainly is a good option. I’ve thought about it over and over and still haven’t come to a decision.

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#9 posted 08-28-2009 04:48 PM

I’m looking at adding a router station to my TS but have a stand alone. I just want to leave set ups alone for some projects. The above table adjustments can be solved inexpensively with a router razer, depending on your router. They are designed around porter cables but they will fit most routers. Hope this helps with a difficult decision. BTKS

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#10 posted 08-28-2009 04:52 PM

If you have the space for it go with a stand alone router table, if you build drawers or shelves into it you will be able to store bits, routers, etc in the cabinet. This will add weight to the table which will make it much more stable, also you can take the fence off when not in use and use it as a table top to work on, mine has wheels on it so I can move it around the shop. You can see pictures of mine in my workshop photos. My first one was much simpler with shelves underneath instead of drawers, it served me well for years until I built the one I have now last year.

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