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Forum topic by Goblue4016 posted 02-19-2019 02:41 AM 2215 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Goblue4016

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02-19-2019 02:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router table bosch delta table saw router table extension wing

Hey All,

so I just bought a Bosch RA1181 router table as well as a Delta 36-725 table saw last weekend and after doing some browsing on here and youtube I noticed a lot of people just use the table saw extension wing and build their own router table into that.

Is there any advantage/disadvantage to either one beside space savings? yes i could save space but i also have room for the table if its an advantage.

no matter what the router table will pretty much always stay put in my home garage workshop, so i dont really need a portable one.

looking forward to hearing opinions/feedback. thanks!


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#1 posted 02-19-2019 03:10 PM

I purchased the steel frame Bosch router table from Lowes a few years ago when they were on clearance (they were about to introduce the model with interchangeable rings). I used it stand-alone for a while, before building it into the side of my saw, also a 36-725.

Space is a premium in my shop, so that was a factor, but it also guaranteed a consistent and comfortable working height. The only real downside I’ve seen is that you have to take off the router table fence if it would interfere with the operation of the TS. Not a huge deal, but something to consider.

Another perk is that the router fence uses the same size dust port as the 35-725, so switching the hose should be relatively easy, depending on your setup.

Lastly, if going the integration route, I’d make sure that the wing of your saw it’s in (mine is on the right) isn’t the area of your shop that gets piled up with clutter…I know I can’t be the only one :p

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mathguy1981

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 09:21 PM

I had the RA1181 and although it works, I didn’t enjoy it. It’s an awkward height on the floor, on or your bench. I think if it was seated on a chair that would be a good height but not sturdy.
I was lucky enough to get a full stand alone router table (the Norm Abram design from the 90s) at an estate sale, so that’s obviously better. If I had it all to do again I would just build the table saw extension.
Can you return the RA1181? I would…

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 10:48 PM

I have RA1181 and wing attachment on my Grizzly 1023rlw. I like RA1181 more since I could not figure out good sturdy fence for table saw wing attachment.

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DalyArcher

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#4 posted 02-19-2019 11:06 PM

I had a router built into my extension wing (a similar Delta contractor saw). I just didn’t like it. It was awkward to get around, it just didn’t work well in my set-up, ymmv.

I then bought the Bosch RA1171. Great router table. It is an awkward height when on a bench top, but the fence design is great, the table is stable and the switch is well located.

I will likely build a Norm style table at some point, but for now in my shop the Bosch table is about perfect.

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#5 posted 02-20-2019 04:01 AM

My first router table was the RA1171. Served faithfully for years. Can store it under a bench when not in use or take it outside to make dust bunnies away from the shop.
However, after a time, I found it’s limitations. Short bed, slight warp in the table top (zinc maybe?), plastic insert rings. But that was after years of service. For a simple bench top router table, it did it’s job.
I eventually upgraded to a cast iron table extension as my router home. Saves space, easy hookup to share table saw dust collection, can now use a router lift, and well… what can I say… cast iron :)

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JRsgarage

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#6 posted 02-20-2019 11:21 PM

I don’t have that router table but iirc, I think that table is 27” and seen it used as an extension to their ts….always thought that was clever feature

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#7 posted 02-21-2019 01:07 AM

I have my router in a wing on my saw, one of the benefits is that the TS fence also serves the router table, I’ve built a router fence that clamps to the TS fence for enclosing bits and dust collection. For me space is also in short supply and it works best for me. I had a separate table in the beginning and found it tippy and a bit of a pain in the butt to deal with.

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#8 posted 02-21-2019 01:52 AM

I like a dedicated table. Fast setups, no need to change up between milling operations and the dust collection needs of each are very different.

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#9 posted 02-21-2019 03:15 AM

I think the overwhelming advantage to putting a router table in an extension wing of the table saw is space-saving.

But you asked for advantages besides that:

If you share work space with parking space, you have one less tool to roll out to work, or back to park.

If combined, they will be at the same height from floor, so the same out-feed tables/supports can work for both.

Combined table is typically larger than a router table.

Andy

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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Goblue4016

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#10 posted 02-28-2019 01:11 AM

thanks all for the great feedback. after hearing Dustin and doing some more research I think the Bosch RA1181 will fit in the wings of the table saw. i have not measured in person yet but based on specs it should work. So i feel if I get that Bosch router table i would have the option to put it into the table saw for mount it to the base it comes in.

im assembling the saw this weekend so i will be able to measure and see if it works.

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#11 posted 10-24-2019 04:27 AM

Have you had any luck installing the Bosch
RA181 in your tablesaw as a router extension? I would love to see pics since I’m considering doing the same thing with my Delta cabinet saw. I didnt realize until recently that tablesaw wing instalation was one of the features of the 11811

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Axis39

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#12 posted 10-24-2019 02:13 PM

I bought an RA1181 to replace a Ryobi that had served me for years on jobsites and in small shop spaces.

But, when I bought my Shop Fox table saw (setting up my new shop space), I realized I needed a better solution. IN a moment of inspiration, I did a touch of measuring and sure as you-know-what, the Bosch table top fit exactly between my TS’s rails. All I did was add an angled support under the corner furthest from the front of the table saw.

I struggle with a smaller than optimal space, so having that extra support for workpieces on the table saw AND having a router out and ready to go in just a few moments of set up time is a minor miracle.

Like others, just about any portable router table, have been awkward at times. But, I’ve also run thousands fo feet of wood across them over the past 25+ years of owning them. So, I guess i made it work well enough!

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