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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-23-2009, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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I’m going to build an extension for my table saw for a router station due to lack of space. My question is has anyone built or added their router fence onto or built it off of the table saw fence? In other words the fence for the router is incorporated into the fence of the table saw.

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Hi Ho Kevin: Using the existing saw fence is a mixed bag. You obviously have to add an addition to the fence somewhat like the sacrificial fence that you use for rabbeting. My table saw fence is larger than I would need for routing. It also maintains itself parallel to the saw blade which is not needed (and often not wanted) with a router. It is convenient to simply loosen one end and adjust the router fence closer or further from the blade.

Of course the advantage is that the saw fence is already there. If I wanted to use it I would build a plywood fence that has the features that I want and slips over the Bieselmeier type fence on my saw. Remember the fence must bury the largest bit you have (or will have) without hitting saw fence so the router fence addition would be spaced a distance from the saw fence. You would have to pay close attention that the fence can never contact the router bit. (Look at all the router fences that get a lot of use and notice that most have ding marks, especially the two-piece fences)

Anyway, I'm sure you will get other opinions and good advice here.

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Hello Kevin: It is very doable. One thing that i would do is to use the clamps that mount on the new fence, and fit through a hole, or over the original fence. It is then a snap to put on and off. Good luck.

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Kevin,

What saw do you have? Are you right or left handed? What position do you stand in when routing ? I had to ask myself these questions before building my router extension..I knew two of the questions before I started..
I feel comfortable routing from the same position I use the saw. There fore using my saw fence placed the fence to the right of the router bit...routing fore and aft not a good feel for me. I'm a right left guy. with the router fence to the aft side..I could move my self to the right end of the table but then the usable table would be 24" verses 42"..
Bottom line is what ever you feel comfortable with...

Just my thoughts..
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