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First time I've posted here, have been looking around getting a lot of great ideas on the table I'm building. My alum plate from Woodpeckers came today and I was exceited to mount it, but where? I built my top 27 x 60 inches because that's the size of the material that I had laying around. So those of you that built your tables where would you mount the router besides under the table.(I left myself open for that) Would you center it, more to the back towards the fence, or to the left or right? Figure you guys using a table would have ideas where it would best to locate it. Thanks ahead of time for any suggestions, I'm open to ideas.

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I put mine in the middle but off set from the front like 65% from the front as I couldnt see any reason to have much more table space behind the bit than what the full extent of my fence would use as it just becomes unused space in what I planned and use my table for.

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Hi Dale:

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This issue has been discussed before on the forums. You might want to do a search of the forums. One thread is http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...e-reasons.html.

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I prefer centered right to left & off center to the rear. The style of your fence might be a factor in placement. I like a lot of support for large material. But really there is no wrong answer as it would be builders choice.

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Hi Dale

I would suggest the way below,,in this way you have the room to add a Incra or ? down the road or you can flip the fence and use the RT from the back side for big items (wide)

No slots,no tee track,no holes in the top, just nice and clean,fence is held in place from the outside edges of the top..

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First time I've posted here, have been looking around getting a lot of great ideas on the table I'm building. My alum plate from Woodpeckers came today and I was exceited to mount it, but where? I built my top 27 x 60 inches because that's the size of the material that I had laying around. So those of you that built your tables where would you mount the router besides under the table.(I left myself open for that) Would you center it, more to the back towards the fence, or to the left or right? Figure you guys using a table would have ideas where it would best to locate it. Thanks ahead of time for any suggestions, I'm open to ideas.

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Thanks a lot guys, after looking and reading I've decided to go centered left to right and offset to the rear about 75%. Near future I'll be making large drawers and want the front area to help keep it flat. Then again, I've got $20 in this top, if some other needs come up I'll make a new one. I love these forums, they get the wheels turning in my head and help make a decision.

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Are you right handed or left handed. Is the hole in the centre of the plate. Are you likely to install a router raizer?
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Thanks a lot guys, after looking and reading I've decided to go centered left to right and offset to the rear about 75%. Near future I'll be making large drawers and want the front area to help keep it flat. Then again, I've got $20 in this top, if some other needs come up I'll make a new one. I love these forums, they get the wheels turning in my head and help make a decision.

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Just keep in mind the amount of reach needed to use the table. You do not want to overbalance yourself while working for safety as well as back strain.

Also, keep in mind how you setup the table, you might be able to set it up so that you can spin the table around for a shorter reach sometimes and a longer reach others.
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