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I am new to this forum- found you guys while searching the web for ideas regarding a plan I have for a dual router station. I recently bought a Felder XRoll Sliding table used- it is 52" long. I have (2) 3.25 HP Hitachi Routers that I am thinking I'd like to stick right next to the slider... Currently I've been using the Hitachi's with a bench dog phenolic top, and have modified the plunge base to have a hex nut and threaded rod so lift-able from the table top... (a very good set up without purchasing a "router lift").. Anyway, I am trying to figure out a material to mount two bench dog phenolic tops to- aluminum jig plate 1/2" thick is my first choice, but is expensive and difficult to cut the large rectangular holes. 2nd choice is something like MDF... I am guessing somebody else has a better suggestion.?... The two routers will be mounted so they are 18" apart (center to center) with about 17" from center to each end of the table, so if it were one slab of material it would be roughly 52x12" with the 14x52" slider right in front of it. I also have plans to add a single nice fence set up to this, but that detail may be able to wait until the right material is chosen for the top....
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Greetings Curt and welcome to the forum. Sounds interesting, what is the reason for two router stations 18" apart? What are you planning to do with the work station. Knowing this might help fellas to better address your question.

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Welcome to Router Forums! glad that you ran into the forum. This is one of the best forums around. My table top is made from a commercial desk and cabinet storage business in office furniture. seams to be staying straight for over 10 years of buying the top. Length of the top was 6 feet before i modified it. Where do you live? please give oy some information.

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Curt welcome to the forum

Pls tell us more on what you are doing + some pics will help

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Here is a mock up of what I'm thinking... the slider is off a Felder profil shaper that had "problems"- I bought it right, and the "problem" is either fixed or is so far undetectable to me... very lucky to have found it! The two plates are just bench dog phenolic- they are spaced roughly in the pics, just to sort of average the travel of the slider fore and aft. I will obviously be building a full heavy cabinet base for the whole thing, but have just screwed the slider to this table to visualize the project. One thing I am thinking is to try to hinge the final unified table surface that houses the router plates. For bit changes these things need access from below, but the slider will be in the way in the front. Another option of course it to have them accessible from the back of the unit (but that requires much more space and wheels etc...) I have been looking a the Freud fence because its got that nice micro-adjustment- but will only get one as I think one fence is plenty, and two could complicate things even further. As for the question of why have two routers side by side? - convenience and set up time -i.e cope and stick.. Until I got this idea here, I've had 3 router tables in my shop - two shop made (with the two Hitachi's) and one Bosch RA1171 with a PC router. I've always kept a router right behind the table saw's slider (see TS in pic below) and find the slider super useful for all sorts of tasks where a standard miter sled might be used. The problem with that old table saw set up is that was that if I set up the router station, invariably I'd need to go back and do a rip and have to lower the router bit/move the fence.... The single unit, dual station, with the slider is going to be really helpful I think. The outstanding issues are many though- first, what material the top is made out of? second, access to the routers? third, the fence? fourth, the cabinet (must be heavy to counter balance the slider when its fully extended).... anyway, thanks all for the replies, its going to be a lot of fund designing and building this unit.


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