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Hi Router Folks! I'm doing a little research in hopes of building a router table into the wing of my Ridgid table saw. I have a 30 year old aluminum Craftsman router table atop a homemade wooden stand. Like most folks,trying to save a few square feet of floor space.

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After seeing quite a few of the owner-made router tables, I am curious about the advantages ( or lack of) in a split fence versus the seemingly more-popular one-piece fences. Is it all about easing into the desired cut horizontally vs vertically by changing the router depth of cut?
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It is more about safety and keeping your work stable, especially when doing jobs like routing the profile on the ends of the rails on cabinet doors. The narrower the gap, the less the bit is exposed and also the quicker your piece is supported when it gets to the outfeed fence. I've made quick and easy fences with wide gaps around the bit and being able to close the gap seems to consistently make a better job.
To me, minimizing the bit exposure is like having just enough table saw blade exposed to make a rip cut. I never raise my blade more than 1/4" to 1/2" higher than needed. It is just one of the things you can do to help manage risk.

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As Charles said it is the safety issue. A one size fits all hole in the fence doesn't work very well. Imagine that you have a 1" hole what happens if you want to use a 3" panel bit. Well you have to make the hole bigger. Then you want to make a 2" end cut, the 3" hole is now so big that you are actually doing the job without the aid of the fence. Keep the width of the opening in the fence as small as possible.
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Hello, and welcome! I had a router table extension on My table saw, and I did not like it! I had it happen to many times that the saw was set-up, and I needed to use the router table! It is very important to have available to You, Each tool at the same time. make a decision to undo the table saw fence to use the router! A big waste of time for Me!

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Good point, Howard! I can certainly relate as my 8' long outfeed table to my TS is also my assembly area. All it takes is a mistake in the planning process and I'm forced to clear off the work area in order to make another cut or two...*(*^[email protected]#!
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