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Forum topic by lanwater posted 11-05-2011 07:31 AM 7744 views 1 time favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2011 07:31 AM

I am running out of space.

I am thinking to get rid of my router table and incorporate a router wing on my table saw.

My present router table is 36”x36”.

My table saw:

I plan on keeping the router fence. I may have to adapt it to the new setup.
I am wondering what I would be missing if I did that.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 07:51 AM

Well one thing you’d be missing is that nifty cabinet for storing your bits and jigs and such. That’s pretty nice. Plus you’ll lose some table length.

I’m considering the same thing. I’m wondering if someone makes a nice aftermarket router wing. I haven’t seen one so far.

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 08:02 AM

If you dont want the router table. I’ll take it.

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#3 posted 11-05-2011 08:19 AM

A router table in a TS wing is a great space saver IMO. You can mount a cabinet underneath for storage and dust collection.

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#4 posted 11-05-2011 08:21 AM

Steve: Well I love my router table but…
I do need to build a better workbench and a stand for my scroll saw and disc sander.
It’s a pain to get them out everytime I need to use them; I have back issues.
Plus my wife is complaining of not having enough space to open the car door.
So I need to re-arrange/combine.

muleskinner: the length has been my main worry. I am hopping to get some feedback from people who migrate.

knotscott: My setup is all on wheels. After every use, everthing has to be against the wall.
So I also worried about the weight tilting the wing a litle so it is no longer in the same plane as the rest of the table saw.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 11-05-2011 09:39 AM

Basically you’d be missing dust collection and noise control. Much of that can be gained back by enclosing the router under the extension table. You’d be losing router-related storage. You’d be losing the ability to have different fence setups on your TS and router table simultaneously if you use the opposite side of your TS fence to anchor the router fence.

You will gain space.

That’s about it. Sounds like in your case the trade offs are worth it.

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#6 posted 11-05-2011 10:19 AM

Gain space ? Yes, but efficiency ? Maybe not. I almost went that route (no pun intended), but after really thinking about what I do and how I use my shop I opted for a router table (my 2nd). If I had gone with the TS wing, I would be constantly setting up one and losing quick use of the other.

Like you say you need to do, I also mounted my smaller machines (band saw, sander, jigsaw, grinder, drill press, and mounted ROS) on a rolling lighted table of sorts so that set up is eliminated completely. I also put the full size BS, DP and joiner/planer on wheels and have no stability issues. I never have to put anything away… just out of the way in seconds.

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#7 posted 11-05-2011 01:58 PM

I set up a TS wing router table last year for the same reason… running out of room. I haven’t looked back since. Having the extra room more than made up for losing the convenience of two separate items. If you do go that route, you will then have a need to build a nice router bit/accessory cabinet. Which can hang on the wall.
At any rate, given you need for space. I wouldn’t hesitate.

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#8 posted 11-05-2011 02:06 PM

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#9 posted 11-05-2011 02:13 PM

Mine has always been in the wing of my TS. Space saver vs. sharing the fence.

Maybe a double fence type thingy could come in handy, a lot of parts are small enough where two fences could work. Thought about it, never done it.


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#10 posted 11-05-2011 02:25 PM

Like Steve, my router fence and saw fence are one. If the processes are planned out, there’s no problem. Unfortunately, planning is not my strong suit. Were space not a premium, I’d have a separate table.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 11-05-2011 05:32 PM

I love mine. You get a precision fence, a large work surface and take up no “extra” space. As for dust collection, in fence operations at least, I made a simple clamp-on fence addition the works well and is quick to make and install.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 11-05-2011 07:22 PM

Thank you all for the suggestions.

A dust box under the table
A cabinet for bits and accessories
A nice setup from MCLS (looks great Jim C)
A bouble fence
A clamp on fence (Very nice setup Paul)

I was thinking to re-use the top of my existing table, cut to size for the wing.
I was also thinking to modify the existing fence and turn it in a removeable pivot fence. I have not completely thought that yet. It probably need to be shorter.

The quick setup or existing setup will probably missed dearly (David Grimes). I tend to do a lot of that from Lack of planing.

I think before I hack my table, I am going to try and setup my secondary router on a wing with a clamp on fence like Paul’s. If it works fine then I reuse the playwood from the router table and make the cabinet and the pivot fence.

Thanks again!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 11-08-2011 03:18 PM

It looks like you got the answer.
Good luck on the tour.
I love that tablesaw of yours!

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 11-20-2011 06:27 PM

I have mine on my saw as well and love it. I made storage for it as well. I was not happy in the fact it felt like it was going to tip over so I made the base extension creating a very solid work area. Goog luck.

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#15 posted 11-20-2011 10:22 PM

Lots of good ideas here. Keep the router table and get her a smaller car.

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