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Going and looking at all the build pictures, I notice one thing: on most of the oblong tables, the insert plate orientation is almost always on the left, and opposite orientation to the table itself. As in, the long side of the insert plate is perpendicular to the long side of the table. On more square tables, the plate is generally in the middle, with parallel orientation.

Why the difference? I thought one might want to keep the plate oriented the same way as an oblong table on the left-hand side to help with infeed. Is this not the case? For those have not set up a combo table, why the wasted space behind the fence?

I'm going to be putting in the plate this weekend, and am looking for insight into which way I should do it.
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Hi Chris,
The difference could be preference. The extra room behind the fence could be because of the style of fence used. Some fences have a lot of hardware on the backside of fence. It could be offset because it is mounted in a tablesaw extension. If your table is a stand alone table & doesn't require extra room behind fence for fence hardware, I would mount towards middle so you have equal support for material before & after bit.

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Agreed, some fences like the Incra fences require extra space in the back to mount it and for extra fence travel.
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As the hole in my router plate is not central due to the lift mech, my plate is off-centre in both my tables. On my small table the centre of the bit is roughly centred. On my big table it is nearer to the front because of the Incra Ultra fence.
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My table is 26X33", the router is centered side to side and at 13.5X12.5" back to front, 1" closer to the front due to cabinet partitions.

Personally I don't see any advantage to offsetting the router, (more in-feed table than out-feed). For long stock I use roller stands both sides of the router, primarily to offset material counter weight and in narrow moldings to prevent stock hump and roll.

To me hand held routing feels safer and gives more control when profiling large stock, (anything wider than 18" and over 10' long.)

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Thanks for the tips, all. I think I'm going to offset it slightly to the left and forward for future intents.
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I route guitar bodies and necks, not using the fence, so can/need all the space I can get to support the parts I am routing.
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Put the insert plate wherever you want to.
It's personal preference.

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Its just been my observation that the lift-style plates are designed to be installed with the plate turned "wide" as seen by the operator from the front of the table. This is independent from the shape of the table itself, which seems to be more dependent upon the fence design (depth) and operators desired infeed-outfeed (width).

I'd be guessing as to why this is so. Perhaps the plate is oriented that way because if its mounted to the plate with the handles on the router with the handles on the "long" side, the handles have more space to clear the table when you lift out the plate?

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