Doubly offset router table - how useful?
Oh dear... I was so well on my way to my router table/cabinet when this happened...
(if you don't want to read a silly story, jump ahead to the last paragraph)
I wanted to directly mount my router to the table top, so I cut a 6-inch hole in a 3/4" thick piece of MDF, laminated it to a 1/2" thick piece of MDF, sanded everything smooth, and used up all my old sanding sealer and polyurethane to nicely cover all surfaces a total of four times.
The MDF pieces were of different size but were more than big enough to cut out a large rectangular laminated piece of desired dimensions. I didn't dare trying to get a perfectly rectangular piece with 90-degree corners with my circular saw (I don't have a table saw), so I went to my "trusted" lumber yard to have them cut my laminated piece. The gentleman in the shop keeps his table saw perfectly tuned, and all his cuts so far have been flawless and spot on.
However, this time, there was a different "guy" in the shop. I told him to make the cuts to yield a 34-1/2" x 22-1/2" piece with the 6-inch hole centered between the two short edges and 9" from one of the long edges. I had even marked the cutting lines. I turned around and loaded some other wood into my car, just to find, upon my return, that the "guy" totally messed up...
Here is the question: What do I do with a table top that has a doubly off-centered router mount? With edge banding, the table top is 36" x 24". The mounting hole is located in one of the corners of the top; its center is about 9" from one of the long sides and about 13" from one of the short sides. For narrow work pieces, that results in an in-feed of about 23" and an out-feed of about 13". For wide pieces (flipping the fence), it's the other way around. If I want to keep the top I will need to adjust the location of my router compartment in the cabinet, and thus the cabinet design will be rather different. Is it worth it, or should I glue up a new top?
Thanks - MM