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Hi, friend of mine was telling me that he had heard about a company that made a router table that could be used either as a standard or horizontal table. The way we understood it was that the section of table that the router was mounted to could be swung up 90 degrees, putting the router in a horizontal position and used that way. He couldn't remember the name of the company but thought it was located in Missouri.
Anybody have any information on such an animal?

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That would be interesting to see, I am sure if it is not been done yet it will be. Post a couple pics for us to check out.

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Hi John,

No I am not aware of such a beast. I have seen vertical table jigs that accept the standard router plate so a mounted router could be quickly moved between tables, but nothing like what you speak of. I would be interested in seeing one though.

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sawmillcreek.org / showthread.php?t=24267

Since I'm a new guy I can't post URLs yet, so you'll have to assemble that one yourself, but it's a thread on the sawmillcreek forum that talks about this subject. There's discussion of pros and cons and a mention of a couple of commercial ones and a link to a homemade table.

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Hi... finally remembered the name of the company, sort of. I think it was R B Hawk, according to the website, now defunct.
Ken, I tried sawmill creek but with 1000 plus pages of posts..... couldn't find a search engine there either. Any idea which forum it was under?
Guy that told me about them said he thought he had an old catalog with it in there, will be seeing him tommorrow and will try to post a pic.

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sawmillcreek.org / showthread.php?t=24267

Since I'm a new guy I can't post URLs yet, so you'll have to assemble that one yourself, but it's a thread on the sawmillcreek forum that talks about this subject. There's discussion of pros and cons and a mention of a couple of commercial ones and a link to a homemade table.

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John, if this convertable table was a great idea there would be many companies making them. If you plan on building raised panels non stop then a shaper table is a better choice. If you plan on building a few raised panels then it is much easier to build a special fence to use with horizontal bits. This is less expensive than using traditional bits and it is far easier to store a fence when not in use than a table. Space is always a premium with the woodworkers I know. When it comes to making conversions I keep hearing Bob Rosendahl saying "Keep it simple because when it is complex you won't use it anyways."

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Hi John

It's not the same but you may want to take a look at the link below, the best part you can make your own easy without dropping a ton of money and still have the best of both worlds and use just one router motor if you want too...

http://www.routerforums.com/project-...th-worlds.html

But let me say if you want to put in joints like the the picture below Bob R. of the Oak Park came up with a jig that you can use on the standard router table to do it...and very well at that...

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Hi, friend of mine was telling me that he had heard about a company that made a router table that could be used either as a standard or horizontal table. The way we understood it was that the section of table that the router was mounted to could be swung up 90 degrees, putting the router in a horizontal position and used that way. He couldn't remember the name of the company but thought it was located in Missouri.
Anybody have any information on such an animal?


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Hey John,
My brother-in-law has one of the folding (convertible) router tables and he likes it a lot. I can't remember the brand but will check with him. It is similar to the table in this pictorial.

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Hi guys, my original post was more curiosity than anything. I haven't got room for much of anything that needs its own floor space. Everything I got is benchtop, mounted either on plywood or OSB except for the saw and that is a contractor model that folds up and hides when it isn't being used
I went over to this friend of mine today, we needed to attach my router to a new plate and he found his old Hawk catalog that had a picture in it so I posted it.
Got a lot of good viewpoints about this type of arrangement though. Thanks
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