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I may not be as smart as I think when it comes to constructing A router table.

I cannot for the life of me find any info on where to drill the hole for the router bit access.

Is it dead center of the top, toward the back slightly or to the front a tad?

Or does it make a difference? I saw a top online today where the insert plate was nearly to the left edge of the top.

My top is 30" wide and 18" deep so any suggestions as to where I should locate the hole would be greatly appreciated.

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I may not be as smart as I think when it comes to constructing A router table.

I cannot for the life of me find any info on where to drill the hole for the router bit access.

Is it dead center of the top, toward the back slightly or to the front a tad?

Or does it make a difference? I saw a top online today where the insert plate was nearly to the left edge of the top.

My top is 30" wide and 18" deep so any suggestions as to where I should locate the hole would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,


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Hi Ken, I think it's pretty much a matter of personal preference and what you have to do. I like mine in the center left to right and maybe just a bit toward the front (operator). It's kind of a balancing act; left and right are your infeed and outfeed support. May not be important if you are just doing small pieces but may be very important if doing molding.
The front to back is split between fence travel and front support. If you are doing a lot of raised panels or cross grain work like stiles, you may value front support more. Not trying to tell you where it should go, just offering some things to think about when deciding.

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Hi Ken, I think it's pretty much a matter of personal preference and what you have to do. I like mine in the center left to right and maybe just a bit toward the front (operator). It's kind of a balancing act; left and right are your infeed and outfeed support. May not be important if you are just doing small pieces but may be very important if doing molding.
The front to back is split between fence travel and front support. If you are doing a lot of raised panels or cross grain work like stiles, you may value front support more. Not trying to tell you where it should go, just offering some things to think about when deciding.
Thanks for the reply John.

I was thinking along the same lines also. My fence is going to take up around 6" of the back part of the top so placing the access hole maybe 2-3" forward would be to my way of thinking a wise decision. All I plan on doing is small projects such as jewelry boxes, sign making and small clocks, nothing larger than 6-8 inches wide and 18-20 inches long.
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Hi Ken

Just my 2 cents. I like to see the hole just off the front edge by 6" to 8" or so, in that way you can add a tee track to the front edge easy if you want one down the road plus if you turn the fence around you would have a bigger foot print to work with for the wider stock, that you may need down the road.. plus if you put the hole to far back you are always out of bal. 1/2 your arm is a good rule to go by..for the back of your fence...

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