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becikeja

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06-05-2020 11:48 AM

I need to build an out feed table for my table saw. I am thinking about incorporating a router station into the out feed table, but have noticed that all the table saw router stations seem to be put to the right side of the table saw, even when an out feed table exists? Is there some reason for this that I am simply overlooking?

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#1 posted 06-05-2020 12:11 PM

Usually most woodies have their fence on the right with maximum movement… that way you can use the fence (or customise) for use with the router.

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#2 posted 06-05-2020 01:42 PM

I’m guessing because the rip fence can serve both the table saw and router table if the router is on the end.

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#3 posted 06-05-2020 01:53 PM

There’s no reason you can’t put it in an outfeed table, but the fence is the main reason why I put mine in the right hand extension area of my table saw.

There also happens to be a perfectly-sized space there.

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#4 posted 06-05-2020 01:54 PM

For me it saves space , I can use the fence for for the router plus if you do a lot of kitchen cabinets as I do it allows you to set a router bit up and use it to dado finished ends and partitions or anything else you can think of without setting actual dado blades up….

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#5 posted 06-05-2020 02:03 PM

+1^ esp. if you have a digital fence like the Incra. You essentially halve the cost of the fence buy using it on two tools.

Right side rules also because 90% of population is right handed and this is the natural location. But both left and right side router wings are available so is matter of choice.

A router, as a rotary tool, has no preferred orientation so it mox nix what side you approach it from. Left, right, front, back, is all the same from the tool’s POV.


Incra TS-LS fence shared between TS and router also shares
cost

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#6 posted 06-05-2020 02:34 PM

For me, my outfeed is not always up and in place. Many times, I’ll also be doing work and use a larger board to shape moldings. I’ll shape the edge of a 4” wide board and then go tot he saw and rip off a 1/4” or 1/2” strip with the profile to finish a cabinet etc. If the router was in the outfeed that could be a hassle. + have to agree with the fence use, I have a box style router fence with DC that I use some pistol clamps to attach to the TS fence for my router.

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#7 posted 06-05-2020 02:57 PM

You can’t always win with a two in one tool like he tablesaw and router in the table. Sometimes it’s best separated for certain instances but in general most applications can be timed not to interfere with other tadks.

For me I required separation as I had to many tasks to perform. Between doors, crowns,cabinet boxes and moldings I needed separation. Now that im retired they just sit in idle unless your being productive…just space takers now…

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#8 posted 06-05-2020 04:22 PM

Personally I like a stand-alone router table. For me, it’s more flexible and doesn’t take up all the outfeed table on the right side when I working with 4’x8’ sheets of ply. Several years ago I built the Norm ( New Yankee Workshop version)…….!!

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#9 posted 06-05-2020 10:35 PM

Using the same fence for both tools – Duh, I feel like an idiot asking the question. How did that one get past me? That makes total sense. I have a dedicated router stand now and the fence has the dust collection port in the center of the fence. How does that work with the table saw? I would think the gap would cause issues when using the saw.

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#10 posted 06-05-2020 10:41 PM

The other reason I didn’t see mentioned is that the will be in the way more often if it is in the way of ripping than if it is sitting to the right so you will have to lower it and remove its fence. Even on the right, many don’t use the table saw fence because it is not as flexible as one designed specifically for the router.

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#11 posted 06-05-2020 11:11 PM

Nothing fancy to see here. I’ve been using this hole for years.
Seems like I’m always make a different fence for the different routing I’m doing anyway.
I like it out on the edge where I can get to it.

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(or maybe not)

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#12 posted 06-05-2020 11:20 PM


Nothing fancy to see here. I ve been using this hole for years.

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#13 posted 06-06-2020 12:25 AM

I put mine on the left end of my table saw. It is a heavy cast iron extension, so I want it bolted right up to the saw table, not to an extension. I work a router table or shaper sort of like a jointer, from the infeed end and across the face opposite the fence. So putting it in the middle on the immediate right of the saw top is not good for me.

I do not use the saw’s rip fence for the jointer. That means I do not have to move the rip fence when using the router, or, usually, the router fence when using the rip fence.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#14 posted 06-06-2020 12:50 AM


... I have a dedicated router stand now and the fence has the dust collection port in the center of the fence. How does that work with the table saw?
- becikeja

If you can afford both, keep the stand alone separate and use the tablesaw as a backup… Many times I found that 2 setups at the same time could save a lot of bit swapping under some circumstances.
My TS setup is relatively simpler and has no dust collection, however, it’s great for those odd quick dirties (and not your quick dirties sansoo).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 06-06-2020 10:34 AM

dust collection port in the center of the fence. How does that work with the table saw? I would think the gap would cause issues when using the saw.
- becikeja

I use an aux fence that is essentially a box with 2 adjustable faces R & L of the bit, see the pic. Can only be an issue if a rip is needed for goods larger than 16” or so.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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