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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-07-2016, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Woodworkers; I need your help in finding the best Table top for a Triton MooF001 2.25 hp. Its late, so I must return to fill out more on myself.
I been working from a chair for 43 years; that is why I'm looking for a top, my ideal work height is 30" so the table I must make, for the top I like the Incra, Veritas of course and still looking at the woodpecker, kreg, etc. I plan on making Jefferson style lap desks and show off joints, on
Boxes of all types & big on band saw work, chisels for Carving & Inlaying work, I've enjoyed for over a decade & its time to make more Saw Dust. PLEASE
Any advise or direction would be terrific. Thank You !
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Hi Warren and welcome. There may not be any tops commercially available for sitting at. However, there is a ton of information here about building your own. Most tables have cross bars at the bottom of the frame for stability but I suppose you could remove the front one without it making too much of a difference. Then the issue would be the height.

We have another member who is wheel chair bound and he may have insights that the rest of us who have better mobility aren't aware of. His name is Tom and his username is MFTHA. I'm sending him a Private Message to let him know about you. In the meantime I suggest you participate in other threads and get your post count up to 10 so that you and Tom can message back and forth if you need to. This is a very friendly forum so don't be shy. We welcome newcomers.
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Hi Warren, You don't have to say much to get your count up to 10, just thank you for welcoming me messages will do the trick. Once you hit 10, it will be a little easier to connect with some of the folks who can answer your question best.

My concern would be how far you can set the router, below the table, from the edge where you're sitting. A lot of sawdust will be falling down, and you might want to make certain you have good dust collection on top of the table to minimize falling sawdust.

One of our great members, @Mike , some time ago showed a home made router fence that was actually hollow so a dust collection hose pulled most of the sawdust up and away from the workpiece. Maybe he can find that picture. It was really like a box with a side opening where the bit sits, so the air flow was very strong, pulling the sawdust right into the hollow fence and out to a shop vac. Sawdust is very nasty in the lungs, so make sure you have a mask and at least a shop vac running when you're cutting stock.
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When I made my router table, the only spot I could put in was at sitting height. Happy now that I did, because anymore my back starts killing me if I stand for long. So, when I get back in the shop, I will be putting my bench drill press, and bandsaw on a short workbench I made years ago, should be low enough to use sitting. Also going to have to cut my saw stand down. Again. This time also low enough to sit and use it. My scrollsaw was also mounted at sitting height. Now got me a nice used ofice chair, on wheels, that should be perfect, now can just swivel from scrollsaw to router, then scoot over for using the bandsaw and drillpress.

My router table is a spiderweb of 2X4 chunks under, and top and router plates 1/2" plywood. This is version 4, 5, 6, maybe 7, can't remember, and have been using that for at least 10 years, probably more, with no warpage or problems whatsoever.
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If you are decided on a large router like a triton tra001 then I suggest the woodpecker aluminum insert plate. It is strong enough to not sag under the weight of the router and is pre drilled for the triton. If you think it would be difficult to install the plate in the top you might consider buying a top Until you figure out the best height to work experiment setting at different heights. The best height is what works for you. There has been robust discussion on RT height and your best height might be lower than you think so experiment. Standing up, I prefer a waist high RT In a chair that might be 24" not standard table height. I believe the Triton has a dust collector with a small hose port under the table but it will still be messy. Last detail the triton has above table micro adjust but you will need to reach under table to lock-unlock height, raise and lower macro, and turn on power. The router requires the power switch i off position to raise router for bit change. Maybe you and Tom could collaborate on a book about wheelchair routing.
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Hi Warren, Welcome to the RouterForums.

I have been confined to a wheelchair for about 16 years and I did not start trying to work with routers until about 12 years ago. My best work height is 29 to 30 inches. I roll under the table and I move my legs to straddle the router. I do get substantial amounts of wood dust on my pants but I brush it off with a paint brush, then vacuum up. I also contrive ways to do as much hand held routering as possible. I also am very careful to wear a face shield, ear plugs and N95 face mask (can block even most viruses so blocks the most dangerous sizes of wood dust particles).

I learned router use from the Router Workshop so I have a keep it simple starting point; the router table is flat with no grooves and the fence is held in place with clamps and no fence that I couldn't build myself, although I do have the fences used on the Router Workshop.

There are no commercially available stands that I have found so I built my own and am in the process of build new improved models. The problem is, as @Cherryville Chuck said, that all stands have cross bars that block my legs.

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You mentioned fancy joints and to me that means an Incra jig. The problem with those jigs is that the table has to be built so that the jig has enough room. In your situation you might want to consider a separate small table for the Incra jig and another table for your regular work. You could actually use the larger table as a base for the smaller one.
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Here is a link to the VacGuard Tom mentioned:

You can also build a simple dust collection fence like the one shown which will capture most of the dust.
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