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Hello all,
I currently have a router table in my TS and Santa recently deliever an Incra Position LS 19" system! I am designing a free standing router table. I have a few questions on placement of the miter track and router plate. So how far from the table edge do you place the miter track? How far from the miter track do you place the router plate? The edge meaning the left edge of the table.
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Steve,

This is very much a matter of personal preference but I'll share what I've done.

By way of background, I have the LS 25/Wonderfence setup. I have a PC7518 router motor mounted in Incra's Jessem Mast-R-Lift (~9x12 plate) and my table is 32"x50". I went through the same questions you did when I was laying it out. I ended up installing the lift plate 9" in from the left end with the Incra base flush with the right end.

For the router slot distance, it depends somewhat on the miter gauge you are going to use with it. You want to place the slot such that the edge of the gauge has at least a couple of inches of clearance from the edge of the gauge to the bit centerline. If you're going to install a backing board on the front of your gauge, adjust for this.

In my case I use the Incra 3000SE from my table saw and since it has a sliding fence it wasn't all that important for me. The 3000 is a rather wide gauge, so I located the slot about midway between the left edge of the table and the router plate. Again, with the sliding fence on my Incra, your mileage may be different. :-)

If you go through the following thread you'll see many table pictures, including mine and others with miter slots and some with Incras... it'll give you some idea of what others have done.

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...our-table.html

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Thanks Jim for your input and your table looks awesome. I'm in the preliminary stages of designing my table in sketchup. I was looking at a table width of 30" and a length of 39". This allows me to mount the positioner mount flush with the right edge of the table. Then I have 10.5" from the center of the router plate (bit location) to the left edge. I haven't dedicated on a miter gauge but I have two to choose from (Ridgid and Kreg..easy choice). I'm wondering if I need more room then the 10.5". The distance from the left edge of the router plate to the left edge of the table is 6.5". The incra miter track is 1-1/8" wide.
Also, I was wondering if I need to make the table wider. I know the wonderfence is 28" wide. Since your table is 32", do you wish that you made yours wider or do you think 30" is adequate?
Thanks again and stay warm....its +19 degrees in Ga and i'm freezing! I can't imagine 40 below!
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Steve.. as Jim stated, it is definetly a question of personal preference when given the means to build your own table.

One of the things I wish I had done with my table was to have given myself an extra couple of inches of overhang all the way around for clamping purposes. When not using my table for routing, I make use of it as an additional workbench. While I don't "hammer" on it, I do use it for clamping down objects by making use of some "T" tracks i installed on the back half. (my LS positioner is removable) The T tracks work fine for most intended applications, mostly pocket hole screw assemblies, however, ya can't beat a good "F" style clamp.

just my 2 cents.. but something to consider..
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Thanks Bill for the input. I have a 3" overlap planned for my table. I can't say I planned it for clamping; more like for the aesthetic value! Now I have a secondary clamping station too!!
I too was planning on heavily using pocket screws! They make building carcasses so much easier!!
Thanks for your input!
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Steve...

here's the link to my thread on my table.. long about page 7 or so are some pics.. hope it gives you a few ideas...

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ble-setup.html

What I've decided upon doing is taking and building a "top" to put over the top. An idea I got from another thread in here that was used on a tablesaw. Until I do, I make use of the backside of the table for pockethole joinery, and gone as far as to inlay a Kreg Plate & clamp (small version) into the tabletop. Works extremely well.

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Thanks for the input, Bill. I'm *just* getting started on my table (laminated 2 pieces of BB Ply for the base, cut and put pocket holes in 2 sides but waiting for the wheels to proceed) and hmmed and hawed on howwide to make it. I was going to go the full 32 but since my BB was 60, I went with 29-7/8". I was wondering if I'd made a mistake but it doesn't sound like it!

What will the top be for? A sanding station or a sacrificial assembly top or ????

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