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Default New shop...where to put router...need two tables?

I have finally started on a dedicated wood shop. It is going to be built in one bay of an oversize three car garage. The back half of the center bay is a finish room. The shop bay is 25' by 11' 6". The finish room is 12' x 10'.

I was fortunate to purchase a rather complete wood shop.

Major power tools:
Delta 10" table saw with infeed and outfeed tables
Delta 12" planer
Delta 6" joiner
Delta 14" band saw
Delta 6" belt sander
Delta floor mount drill press
Delta router table with a Porter Cable router
Hitachi compound miter saw
Jet oscillating sander
Jet shaper
Scroll saw
6' lathe
Tormic sharpener (??)
bench grinder
Most of the power tools have some kind of formica table associated with them (Rockler?) with aluminum T slots.

There are a pile of hand tools including a large Dewalt router and a small T4 router.

There are two work benches with end and leg vises.

I also have my dad's original (from the 50s) Craftsmen table saw and radical arm saw. The table saw is cast iron and must weigh 600 pounds. The radial arm saw is atleast on wheels.

As I lay all this out I have seen several shops with horizontal router tables. Would you add one to your shop if you could? Why?
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You have a very good selection of tools. The formica table tops are probably homemade from the original owner. The horizontal setup offers possibilities that the verticsl setup does not, unless you are working from overhead with router skis. Theh big issue with the router table is that if you make multiple cuts, as in making picture frames, you can make the piece unstable as you gnaw away wood. When working from horizontal or from overhead, you leave the backside or side intact which makes for a stable work platform.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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