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Hi All,
I'm new here.
The kids have moved out and I've been given permission to expand my shop into the playroom, effectively doubling its size. YAY!
With this new space I have a notion to reconfigure my old shop-built router table to a 2 or 3 head setup. I do the occasional furniture piece, cabinet doors, window sash, door sticking, types of projects and have burned out a couple of PC routers over the years. My bit collection is mostly 1/2" shanks, too.
The questions:
1. recommendations for routers, size and brand, to be built into a table? I, of course, look forward to ease of bit changing and fine-tune adjustments.
2. is anyone willing to share plans for a multi-head setup?
3. am I over-thinking the concept? is this more complication than necessary? I saw a home-built setup 30 years ago and was entranced by the possibilities...
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Multiple router tables (or shapers) is usually either a matter of production requirements or simple convenience (given enough space in the shop). If you have the space and the budget, go for the gusto with 3 1/4hp routers in each, along with the lifts of your choice. You might also consider different fence arrangements for different types of tasks. Having an Incra precision fence system on at least one table comes to mind.

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Hi Dan


We have a member that made a 3 head router table setup and use a octagon pattern router table top and base, he had 3 routers and one vac.system pickup in the center for all 3 router to use, each station had it's own fence,neat setup, I don't recall the members name but maybe someone will recall it and post a link to it..

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Hi All,
I'm new here.
The kids have moved out and I've been given permission to expand my shop into the playroom, effectively doubling its size. YAY!
With this new space I have a notion to reconfigure my old shop-built router table to a 2 or 3 head setup. I do the occasional furniture piece, cabinet doors, window sash, door sticking, types of projects and have burned out a couple of PC routers over the years. My bit collection is mostly 1/2" shanks, too.
The questions:
1. recommendations for routers, size and brand, to be built into a table? I, of course, look forward to ease of bit changing and fine-tune adjustments.
2. is anyone willing to share plans for a multi-head setup?
3. am I over-thinking the concept? is this more complication than necessary? I saw a home-built setup 30 years ago and was entranced by the possibilities...
Thanks, Dan L



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